Originally Posted by Doug_G
Sell the short shaft and buy a long shaft. I think they are like 15" and 20" i.e. 5" difference.
The line of the base of the transom should roughly line up with the cavitation plate.
This way you have a good engine and a perfect transom. A cut down transom would devalue the RIB significantly when you want to sell it, plus lowering the freeboard is not a good idea.
Oops, Now realise that you have already cut it. Good luck with it.
I hear what your saying, The value is irrelevant, I paid $600.00 for the boat. As for the freeboard it was reduced minimally, and lets remember it is an inflatable. Years ago I got caught in a hellacious storm and fearing the boat would just flip over in the high winds and waves , I sat in the bottom, kept the motor running and pulled the plug filling the boat half full of seawater. I easily bobbed up and down dragging my anchor line and never feared of sinking. I love Avons and the fact they are indistructible.( the older ones, do not know much about the newer ones). I appreciate your insights, in a perfect world I would own a long shaft, but it is what it is. Had I hacked off 7-8 inches of the transom, I would be worried, thre inches is not a deal breaker. Beats the hell out of a 600.00 extension on the motor or a half-ass jack plate rig. Happy boating, lobster season is just around the corner!!!!!!!
BTW this is a photo of my vintage Avon I have been using for at least 10 years, just can't kill em! lol