Typical wood boat construction in the NE US was white cedar planking over white oak frames/ribs with white oak or mahogany transom. Who built the boat? 1981 seems late for a mass produced boat.
Glue the wood around the perimeter with Titebond 3, along with ski tow fastener bolts, motor clamps, motor bolts, and trim plate to hold transom wood in place. Drill holes every 2-3" in inner fiberglass skin (behind the splashwell, on gunwale/transom sides and floor bottom to transom transition) and fasten to transom plywood with 1.25" wood screws.
Ranger was the first to doaway with it in 88 or 89. Most companies followed suit shortly after. Pretty much any fiberglass bass boat 2000-present won't have a wood transom.
Drill holes every 2-3" in inner fiberglass skin (behind the splashwell, on gunwale/transom sides and floor bottom to transom transition) and fasten to transom plywood with 1.25" wood screws. Motor mount bolts, drain plug sleeve, and splashwell drain sleeve will be caulked liberally with Lexel waterproof sealant before installation.
With all that said, I'm looking for alternatives because I know that wood rots and the best way to deal with it even once the boat is out of my control and some ham-fisted marine mechanic starts drilling holes, is to make sure there isn't any wood in the first place.
Re: New Transom: Which glue to use? It is very possible to color epoxy to a wide variety of tan and brown colors using wood flour. The problem is you have to make samples of the woods available to you and wet them to get an idea of how the finished product will appear.
I am replacing a boat transom, old 18' Monark aluminum boat, transom rotted. First thought was to use a 2x12, but someone told me it would check and crack and that wasnt a good idea Several people have told me to use Marine plywood, I was going to double 3/4", but Stuater boat works, who has built probably thousands of wooden boats, told me it ...
Just curious what the best type of wood to use for a transom. It needs to be exactly 1" think. I was thinking of getting a piece of Oak ? But heard it rots faster than plywood ?
I was told that Ranger is the only bass boat that doesn't use wood in it's transom (I'm assuming wood is used for the floors on all bass boats) and that other boats use wood in the transom.
Hi BCO. Yes, you can build a small transom riser to bring the motor to the correct height. I had to do the same thing with my '66 20hp, which is identical to your motor because it has an 18" leg, but boats of that vintage only have a 15" transom causing the motor to sit a little low in the water.
A recent column covered a process for replacing a rotted and water saturated transom. That process required cutting away the interior fiberglass layer, bonding in a new plywood core and re-laminating the interior transom wall. At best, this is no small task and requires the internal equipment and structure around the transom to be removed for access.
The transom was rotted out on my 1987 Sea Nymph Fishing Machine, so I decided to replace it myself because the boat repair shop was scheduling three weeks out. I have pulled the 40Hp motor and removed the old transom, and will use it for a template.
The wood is currently bonding 4 laminations together under a few hundred pounds of evenly distributed weight, so all that's left is to make a cardboard template of the transom, transfer that to the wood, cut, fit, and install after sealing.
Today we removed the old transom from our 21 ft. 1985 starcraft aluminum- hulled boat. The wood was starting to rot. When we extracted the transom we found that it was of 1 5/8" plywood ( marine?), 12 inches high by about 70 inches long.
After a while, the plywood begins to rot and delaminate. Long term, the plywood in the transom looses strength and becomes very flexible, allowing the gelcoat and fiberglass to crack. While it is a pretty complicated job, replacing the transom core isn’t impossible. Demolition. Transoms are usually replaced from inside the boat.
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The transom of a power boat is the strongest part of the vessel. It has to transmit the full power of the engine to the rest of the hull, as well as carry the pounding of the hull back to the engine. The great forces exerted between the engine and the hull come to a focus at the transom.
I replaced my old boats transom last year. I bought marine grade, expensive, but the boat was in pretty decent shape and wanted to do it right. I got a 2 part epoxy and gave it 2-3 coats. The new owner should never have an issue with it for the life of that boat.
best wood for transom replace December 31st, 2011, 06:39 PM im am currently starting the process of replacing the transom in a 1984 starcraft islander 261v, what would be the best type of wood to use, any help would be greatly appreciated.