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Old 12 February 2011, 10:20   #1
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Not a happy chappy at all.......

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"The transom had cracked and split between the glassfibre transom rear and the internal reinforcing on the knee side right along the top edge of the transom.
I am told it wasn't any more than a few inches deep but it wasn't clear until it was ground back for reglassing.
They did it gratis, if you can call three days travelling and 350 in fuel and expenses gratis! but I was told the lightpole on the transom had caused it and warned that it had to be reinforced or removed in case it happened again.
I may not be a fibreglasser but I am an engineer and do understand stresses and don't really accept that explanation. However they were good enough to repair it and I am going to cut down the pole 14" and add a brace to the deck just in case I have further problems to save any arguments if it happens again.
It was ground back and reglassed and looks like new, time will tell it is as strong as before."

Well, its back spreading out from the engine side again. I have just mailed pictures down to Humber to see what they think. I am really not very happy at the moment considering I just spent today sticking a couple of new battery mounts and batteries in ready to start using the boat again this year.
Hopefully should get something back from them Monday to see what they say about it but it doesn't look good for Orkney in a few months, again!
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Old 12 February 2011, 11:34   #2
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That looks bad on a nearly new boat, Id be having some very strong talks with humber, and to sugest a light pole could have something to do with it sugests to me that they are after looking for get out clauses,
Hopefully youve noticed it early enough in the season to get things sorted early on. good luck

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Old 12 February 2011, 11:42   #3
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Do Quinquari have a "place" in oban somewhere? I'm not sure what the humber-quinquari relationship is but I'd be pressing for them to get their local partner to fix it - afterall its not like you are going to get any extra confidence if the factory do it.
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Old 12 February 2011, 11:44   #4
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Commiserations, not a very good advert for Humber - hope you get it sorted soon.

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Old 12 February 2011, 12:34   #5
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When this happened last year the blame was put on the aerial pole and to their credit they did repair it FOC.
To ensure it couldn't happen again the pole was shortened by 14" and a brace to the deck welded in at the height of the transom top. There is now NO flexing unless the deck is moving as well and there is a problem there.
It is also considerably more rigid now than the A Frames they sell themselves and has little weight on the top anyway.
The giveaway here that it isn't anything to do with the pole is the fact that the crack has started under the engine again and is working its way out, its a weird fault that starts away from a cause and works towards it on the other side of a knee!
I'll wait to see what they say on monday but it is not encouraging on a RIB only coming up for 110 hours use, the engine is only coming up for its first full service!
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Old 12 February 2011, 13:03   #6
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The light pole excuse is pathetic! I've two 50" high light poles (2" dia tube) on my transom with no problems! With 190kg of 150 horses hanging off the back there are greater forces at work

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Old 12 February 2011, 13:25   #7
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It's hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like some kind of delamination between the layers of ply making up the transom. Obviously they are being held quite tightly together by the engine bolts at the middle, but any inward or outward flex caused by the engine with be pivoting over the knees and causing the greatest stresses further outboard.
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Old 12 February 2011, 13:29   #8
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Sad news ! That really is rubbish, and a pathetic excuse to try and blame a light pole ! what about a few horses sat right next to it !! ?? Deffinately not a good advert for Humber, and I would make sure you tell them this !!!often the threat of some negative press can help to perswade manufacturers they need to do the right thing !

Good luck in getting it sorted !
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Old 12 February 2011, 13:42   #9
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I don't suppose you could have water ingress and with the recent temperatures the chance of expansion reopening the repair?
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Old 12 February 2011, 14:45   #10
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Light pole my arrs as pointed out above some of the A frames are just mounted on the transom and I had a light pole on my old Destroyer for a couple of years with no problems at all. Mine had the old flat topped transom though.

That's about as likely as my tubes exploding (from the inside) because I'd hit something

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