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Old 23 October 2005, 14:27   #1
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I can cut this off, can't I ?

I'd like to mount an auxiliary and having read previous threads on the subject it would seem the best advice would be to mount directly onto the transom rather than on a bracket.
Whilst I do have the width (just) for an aux the 'overhang' on the top of the transom would need to be shortened to allow the aux brackets to straddle it. That overhang is presently 90mm deep and I'd need to lose about 20mm of it, I could either cut it across its entire width or cut out a slot, is this feasible or an absolute no no? if I was to trim it should I seal the exposed edge?
Any thoughts gratefully received
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Old 23 October 2005, 17:08   #2
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I would say absolutely fine, just don't cut it so far outboard that you reach the hypalon strips attaching the tubes. If you are grinding it down, definately seal up the edge with some flo-coat or something and only take off as much as you need, no point in taking off the whole lot if you don't need to!

My shakey has one and although I haven't cut it back myself, I have done a lot worse alterations to my transom to get my engine to fit...and that was OKed by mr shakespeare himself!

Oh, just thought, if the hull is under warrenty, check that it doesn't void it.

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Old 23 October 2005, 17:14   #3
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I'll start sharpening the chainsaw!
I'll aim to just cut out the notch wide enough for the Aux, the hull is a '96 so well out of warranty.
Thanks for that
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It will be an absolute bugger to cut it, angle grinder would to the job

Best wait for someone who knows what they are talking about to reply before permanently defacing your transom Ask stevetheboat as the shakespeares come with a similar overhang.

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Hi Jeff, that is just what I have been looking at doing to my transom as I have a lip very similar to that! Just cant bring my self to chop it up, I would have thought a hack saw would do the job well! Finish off with a file & sand paper!
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What are these lips for in the first place - presumably to deflect water when the stern wave catches you up when you stop suddenly ???
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What are these lips for in the first place - presumably to deflect water when the stern wave catches you up when you stop suddenly ???
Yes, it also makes it go faster lick fitting a spoiler on the back of a Escort
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What are these lips for in the first place - presumably to deflect water when the stern wave catches you up when you stop suddenly ???

I turn through 90 degrees to stop that happening
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What are these lips for in the first place - presumably to deflect water when the stern wave catches you up when you stop suddenly ???
or a cheap and easy way to finish off the transom without going to the trouble of another moulding
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Hi Jeff, that is just what I have been looking at doing to my transom as I have a lip very similar to that! Just cant bring my self to chop it up, I would have thought a hack saw would do the job well! Finish off with a file & sand paper!
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when you've done it let me know any pitfalls
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After you, seeing as you posted the idea!
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Please,please contact Ribtec first!!!

dont want to see you turn,,,
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My Ribtec has had one of the flaps removed for just that purpose.

It doesn't really stop that much water coming in so would not worry about it at all. Just make sure the glass is well repaired or you'll end up with water in the transom and eventually a soggy transom which would break with a 5hp main engine let alone an aux!!!
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dont want to see you turn,,,
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good idea though, do you know anything about Ribtec's?
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good idea though, do you know anything about Ribtec's?



Yeh,,, THEY BOUNCE!
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I'd like to mount an auxiliary.... I could either cut it across its entire width or cut out a slot,.... if I was to trim it should I seal the exposed edge?
Get a B&Q hardpoint panel saw for a couple of qwid and cut it off.

If you really need an answer to your last question, you shouldn't be doing it!
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If you really need an answer to your last question, you shouldn't be doing it!
Ouch!
Fair point, I really did know the answer (honest) but was a little surprised to see that Ribtec don't appear to have sealed where the cutout for the A frame is. I have now spoken to Ribtec who advise there is no real reason why this can't be done but would primarily advise an outboard bracket instead.
Sadly on further inspection I see that if I do transom mount the aux the steering bar from the main engine will hit the aux bracket when on almost hard over
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