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Transom question

Discussion in 'Boats' started by Garfield28, Oct 17, 2018.

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  1. Garfield28

    Garfield28 Member

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    Hi all,

    Just a couple of questions regarding my transom.

    I have a 5.2 savage escort, think its a 91 model, I was looking at installing a new sounder this afternoon and I took of a piece of plastic chopping board I was using as a transom saver, I put that on nearly 4 years ago now, I sealed all the screw holes with sikaflex, I also sikaflexed the whole back of the board and sealed the edges once I wasfinished. Today as I undid the screws I noticed a bit of water coming frombehind the board as I was loosening the screws off. Once the board wasremoved the holes appeared to be a little wet, so I got my drill and drilled into them a bit and I wasn't brinig out any board whatsoever, but to be honest I cannot remember if I did now the very first time either though, but what was coming out was like the fiberglass was like a wet paste. I only drilled within the hole itself, I never tried to re-drill thehole bigger, just put the drill bit in approx the same size as the whole.

    I think I have had some water seep in, and I'm not real sure how bad the damage would be, and not sure on exactly how to tell either.

    My question is from the pics, the area circled, because of the shape, would it be wood within that area or only fiberglass based on the shape? The actual part that the outboard is bolted to feels sturdy enough from what I can tell, I have also tapped around it and from what I can tell it sound the same and not hollow.

    If however I have a problem with this area, how hard is it to repair a transom based on the shape of it? Of all the pics I could find of re-paired transoms I have not seen one like this shape, so I'm scared that it cannot be done and the transom shape would have to change?

    Any advice and pointers much, much appreciated.



    Thanks

    Geoff
     

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  2. reelaxation

    reelaxation Well-Known Member

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    Take it to a professional shipwright and have it inspected before you attempt to drill any more holes.

    I can suggest The Boat Pimpers in Condell Park if you are in the Sydney Metro area, otherwise any good shipwright or fibreglass repairer will be able to assess the damage.

    Because rot is unseen and starts from the inside and works it way out by delaminating the core it is impossible to say if the damage is repairable or whether you are up to replace the transom completely.

    Good luck with it mate.

    Anthony
     
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  3. Garfield28

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    Thanks for the reply Anthony, but for now would just like to try (with the help of the forum) identify the problem myself (hopefully isn't though) and then set about getting help repair it myself if need be.

    Thanks
    Geoff
     
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  4. reelaxation

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    No problems have you checked from the inside of the transom to see if there are any holes or bungs that may have let water in - with all the rain we have had over the last 2-3weeks it could be fresh water has seeped in through another leak? Also it could be a leak in your floor or if you have an underfloor tank maybe the hatch has leaked and water has pooled in where your stringers are?

    IMHO you should remove any fittings, covers, hatches and test them for leaks and while you are at it check all areas underfloor and through the cabin to make sure there is nothing leaking or not sealed that should be.

    Cheers
    Anthony
     
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  5. Garfield28

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    I've had water getting into my fuel, but not sure if that is from when we've had heavy rain and the boat has been sitting there - or if its from when I'm out on the water...

    Is there any chance the only part that would have the wood in it would be that smaller straight piece on the back that is actually holding the outboard?
     
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  6. reelaxation

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    It depends, some manufacturers made fibreglass stringers inside the hull which would mean no wood, but I cannot confirm if your particular model has wood stringers or fibreglass ones.

    Maybe do a google search for your model and see what you can find???
     
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  7. Garfield28

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    Sounds like an idea... thanks reelaxation
     
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  8. Garfield28

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    Came up empty mate, cannot find anything on my model.
     
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  9. reelaxation

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    You might have to empty your fuel tank and remove it to check the stringers, otherwise you COULD try installing a viewing window outside of that area but could be a bit risky and it would need to be fully sealed. If you find delamination of the wood inside then putting a viewing window might not help and could cause stress fractures in the gelcoat which could ultimately cause more damage internally as you have effectively reduced its integrity.

    If you cannot find the source of the leak or where the water has come from I hedge my bets its been the latest dump of rain in the sydney basin, but only a thorough check of all your seals and hatches/bungs will determine if it is a leak from somewhere in the transom or elsewhere.

    Im not really sure what else you can do, failing a thorough inspection you could drain all water and take it for a day out and check afterwards to see if you have water retaining- and to do that you would need to screw everything back in place and seal it.
    Personally I would take it to a professional and get them to check it only because you want to be safe on the water and if its leaking esp while at sea then rot will set in quickly and long term cost more to replace any damaged sections or the transom itself. Last time I checked on my Haines a transom replacement was around $4500-5000 so getting a sanity check which could cost a few hundred $$$ would be money worth spent IMHO.

    Hope you manage to get the source sorted out and it hasnt caused any damage or rot in the tranny.

    Cheers
    Anthony
     
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  10. Garfield28

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    Was that DIY price Anthony or done by a professional?
     
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  11. reelaxation

    reelaxation Well-Known Member

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    Professional I asked my mechanic/repairer locally how much it would cost.
    DIY would have worked out around 2-3k.
     
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