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dann2015 posted 05-23-2001 04:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for dann2015   Send Email to dann2015  
went with a friend of mine to look at an old 15' whaler that he is interested in buying. apparently whoever mounted to transducer did not seal the screw holes at all. boat is a 1987 and the transducer has been on there for 4 years. i was wondering what kind of water intrusion problems this might cause and if the foam will absorb water and if so what kind of problems that might cause. also, is there any wood at the bottom of the transom that might have absorbed water? what is the best way to go about repairing holes like that or is there a chance that the transom is shot? i noticed that there are some stress cracks on the deck near the transom? is this possibly related and is this something he should worry about? thanks in advance for the help. the price is right and otherwise the boat looks good.
dann2015 posted 05-30-2001 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for dann2015  Send Email to dann2015     
just wanted to bring this back to the top. i'm surprised no one has any comments on this, especially with all the knowledgeable whaler owners out there.
CarlRobert posted 05-31-2001 01:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    

Look back in the forum archives under repairs...There is a tremendous amount of info and discussion on your topic...CarlR

Matthew posted 06-01-2001 01:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
There is a hull diagram that shows the wood inserts in the reference section.
I'm sure there is some debate on whether the foam actually absorbs water.
'81 BW manual--"The area where you will be mounting the transducer on the transom doesn't contain wood inserts......The area behind the fiberglass is completely filled with foam so water entry is no concern. However some may elect to bed transducer mounting brackets in marine compound."
for what its worth..

Matthew posted 06-01-2001 01:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
2 other questions- what's the price and what iis it powered with?
Cliff posted 06-01-2001 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cliff  Send Email to Cliff     
I recently bought a 1987 BW super sport and I love it. The stress/spider cracks are a natural occurence but should be watched for futher seperation. They can be fixed over time. As for water intrusion on the transom thru these holes, have a marine surveyor come and take a look. That is always good money spent. I am also interested in what it the seller is asking. Found mine in a cornfield on the Northern Neck on Virginia with a blown motor and a couple of birds nests onboard.....looks like a brand new boat now. Got it for 2K.


dann2015 posted 06-04-2001 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for dann2015  Send Email to dann2015     
thanks guys...appreciate the input. looks like he's going to buy it.
lhg posted 06-04-2001 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have always been under the impression that the transducers should be mounted in the wood section of the transom. That's the way I have always done it.
Matthew posted 06-05-2001 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
That was my first thought when I planned to add a fishfinder. I consulted my owners manual. and they speak about "no turbulence... finding a flat portion of the hull.. and the mounting area on the transom not containing wood inserts"
It appears as if my owners manual only covers early years 9'-21', it dates from 1981.
I haven't added it yet-- still in the research stage.

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