Originally Posted by dubrus
Fairly serious transom work there. None of that should be there. Difficultly will be knowing what in under it of course.
The seats could be just moisture build up, happens all the time as usually something wet in storage, ropes etc.
I assume there is sikaflex under the seat, be silly not to. If you don't want to touch the outside of the seat they ideally should have cut out the inside, left a lip for screws and glassed inside to the bare deck. You could still do that of course at a later date.
Agreed. My thoughts (based upon nothing else but the very poorly applied metal plate and supporting pole structure) are that the transom has been damaged beyond repair. If one was supporting/strengthening the transom, the poles should not have been necessary in any event. Fitting an engine with more power than the recommendations suggest may have persuaded a person, lacking any mechanical understanding, to apply the wrong solution to a problem that should never have arisen.
The rather poor workmanship displayed is strongly suggestive that the individual responsible for the modification had no absolutely mechanical sympathy with the boat or the techniques they employed. The transom and poor workmanship are the deal breaker for me. The seat image does not give too much away but I would expect to see a much better quality of work than is evident.
My rationale is this: Failure of any part of a boat while out to sea could easily imperil the crew. It could provide an unnecessary additional stress in what may already be a stressful circumstance; like a heavy sea. Human performance is affected by many things but starting off with everything shipshape is likely to have a positive effect on frame of mind. Catastrophic happenstance is usually a chain of several small events; which link together to create the ideal conditions for the disaster which they presage.
Thank you for taking the time to look at this potential purchase and for your sound advice.