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Old 04 April 2009, 01:58   #1
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Searider Transom Plate

Hi guys,

I need to fit a new engine plate but don't really want to go with marine ply as i would like something that looks a bit more up to date.

What other options are there (aluminium etc) and what would you suggest?

Can i buy one made up?

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When you say transom plate you mean the bit on the outside that the engine sits against?
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When you say transom plate you mean the bit on the outside that the engine sits against?
Yep.... sorry for not making myself clear.
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I had an alloy one it did the job but oxidised and if you ding it outting your engine on ends up looking battered and tatty.
You could go for a piece of stainless?
I personally like the varnised wood!

http://www.marineparts.com/mpf/mpf900.aspx
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Hi, if its a PLATE then wood is probably the cheapest easiest option.
(Do you need it does it add strength to your transom? if not why replace?)

If it's a WEDGE then i believe you can get plastic wedges from Mercury - last time i sourced them was 2006 so should be able to get a hold of them easy enough.
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As Part of my transom rebuild to fit an XLong shaft engine when the transom had been cut for a Long shaft, I fitted a 15mm Aluminium transom plate.

Not sure of the exact material, but it was supplied by Pepe marine as an offcut from the material they make their Aluminium fishing boats from.

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[QUOTE=K&S;289387] Hi, if its a PLATE then wood is probably the cheapest easiest option.
(Do you need it does it add strength to your transom? if not why replace?)[QUOTE]

I don't know if it adds strength, as one was fitted (marine ply) i assumed i need one....so do i need to fit one then?

Nasher i like the aluminium plate on yours and that engine is gorgeous. Will it fit on a SR4?????
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I don't have one on my SR4.
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I used good quality ally checkerplate on both sides of the transom of my SR4.It was held on by covering the whole mating faces with sikaflex so water couldn't get behind it. It didn't corrode.
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Right I'm going to ask a silly question. Why do you need it? Strength?
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I'm thinking the same thing. The engine on mine looks like its always been on that boat and the transom looks fine?
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My turn to ask a silly question was the plate there to add depth to allow the engine to be clamped rather than bolted on? If its bolted and you dont need the angle of the engine altered should be ok without????

A phone call to avon to be on the safeside perhaps??
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My turn to ask a silly question was the plate there to add depth to allow the engine to be clamped rather than bolted on? If its bolted and you dont need the angle of the engine altered should be ok without????

A phone call to avon to be on the safeside perhaps??
I had a Mercury 50 clamped on mine originally and it fitted and wouldn't have moved without a plate.

However,I chequerplated mine outside to stop damage during putting the engine on,stop any small movements while it was on there from marking/wearing the gelcoat and to spread the load while I was really hammering it.

I chequerplated the inside to stop the bolts pulling hard on a small area as I've seen washers pulling into transoms on Seariders quite a lot.
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As Part of my transom rebuild to fit an XLong shaft engine when the transom had been cut for a Long shaft, I fitted a 15mm Aluminium transom plate.

Not sure of the exact material, but it was supplied by Pepe marine as an offcut from the material they make their Aluminium fishing boats from.

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Aluminium perhaps
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