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Old 27 June 2007, 18:52   #11
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Yeh I think the Stainless plate is the route to go down if your going to struggle with the warranty side. Why not ask on here if someone is prepared to do the work for you at a reasonable price.
I don't see the gel coat being a major problem to seal but I don't think MR average has the capability of bending stainless steel and drilling it is a complete nightmare. Been there done that. Therefore you need some outside help.
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Old 27 June 2007, 19:02   #12
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Yep, agreed and will do a post soon but....

the Zodiac has a sealed transom so you can only put a plate on the outside - the only access to the bilge is limited so i could only put some plates about 6" on each bolt hole inside - does that still make a plate a viable option?

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Old 27 June 2007, 19:10   #13
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Yes of coarse, you have it made up to fit the back and the front immaterial of what the difference is between the two.
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Old 27 June 2007, 19:17   #14
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Because of your problem make the side you can get access to, the side with the absolute maximum stainless steel. This will spread the forces better.

And if its thick stainless steel. So much the better.
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Post some pics of inside and out of the transom
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Old 28 June 2007, 01:43   #16
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Another angle.

Where do you stand with insurance companys if your transom fails suddenly in stormy weather or blatting along in the calm and hitting a wake from a container ship that launches your RIB into the air and breaks the transom on landing (like happened to me).

If you just repair and make good the transom and the above happens, you wouldn't have a leg to stand on with a CE plate showing 165 kg's and the engine plate showing 174 kg's. Would be a big problem if someone got hurt.
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Old 28 June 2007, 07:10   #17
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Aluminum plate be better than Stainless, the Alu' would spread the load better.
Responsibility lies with you on a used hull. for all you Know the first owner ordered the hull with that motor.
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Aluminum plate be better than Stainless, the Alu' would spread the load better.
Responsibility lies with you on a used hull. for all you Know the first owner ordered the hull with that motor.
You sure about the aluminum and stainless
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Responsibility lies with you on a used hull. for all you Know the first owner ordered the hull with that motor.
Unfortunately, I think Fred sums this predicament up nicely. When you buy a used boat, it is your responsibility to insure that the boat is sound... by investing in a proper survey if you're smart. It seems that this engine mounting issue would have been instantly identified as a problem.

As for the steel plate, my Hurricane came equipped with an aluminum plate reinforcement. It seems very strong... and looks cool too!
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For a given weight Alloy is much stiffer than Stainless and would be much cheaper and easier to cut/drill.
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