8th December 2013 at 8:07pm #1090
In a silly move I let go of the tiller today in a crash tack and the rudder swung over so far it acted as a lever to pull the transom out from under the deck. Pics below. I’m going to get a local repair man to have a look at it but wanted to check on here with the class experts to see if there’s anything in particular I should be worried about.
The boat is that old Hoare – the Milky Bar kid.
Hugh9th December 2013 at 1:27pm #7047Si CoxParticipant
Doesn’t look that major to me. Access might be a bit awkward and it might be worth having a fine glass tape with some clear epoxy SP320 or similar added over the transom to reinforce/protect the area in future but I suspect that just opening it up and using an epoxy filler will suffice – depending on any internal damage.
We’ve done a few similar repairs in the past. You need to see what the frame work is like inside the hull before planning and starting the job. If you can get your arm in and take some photos/video of the area with your phone it helps to get a good idea of the real damage.
The alternative is to buy a new boat!
Simon13th December 2013 at 7:15pm #7048john ballParticipant
Hi Hugh if it was my boat I would replace the the whole transom it will be quicker and better .for the area of transom that is still fixed solidly set a router the thickness of the transom and cut it out .once removed if there isn’t a piece of wood in side the back of the boat for the new transom to butt up to put one in. Job done Jb14th December 2013 at 1:33pm #7049davecooperParticipant
I’m with JB on this – that router trick is a humdinger for removing ply areas. It’ll leave a radius in the corners, but you can just ease them out with a small (and sharp! Mind your fingers!) chisel. Once the transom is off, you can sort out the internal framing so that it doesn’t happen again.
On a wider topic, it would be really good if someone could come up with a device that would limit the tiller travel to about 80 degrees either side of the centre line, prevent this kind of damage permanently. Anyone have any good ideas for that?
Dave14th December 2013 at 9:09pm #7050
The transom isn’t ply. It’s glass. The hull is glass, ply deck. Not sure I want to rout out a big chunk of glass.
H14th December 2013 at 10:10pm #7051davecooperParticipant
Oops, that’s understandable, you really don’t!
Dave20th December 2013 at 7:38am #7052
Actually…it turns out the transom IS ply. Glassed on the inside and gelcoated on the outside, but ply nonetheless.
H20th December 2013 at 8:57pm #7053robertParticipant
Nails, mate. Use nails.20th December 2013 at 10:13pm #7054ChrisBiscParticipant
And an engineers screwdriver!
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