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myakka posted 09-02-2008 10:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for myakka   Send Email to myakka  
Has anyone [raised the transom of a classic 13-foot Boston Whaler boat by using a Kentfab Engineering TRANSDAPTER 13]?

Is this a new product?

frisco pete posted 09-02-2008 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for frisco pete  Send Email to frisco pete     
I would call that a transom filler, not a bracket. To my way of thinking they are a cheap way out.


Kingsteven18 posted 09-03-2008 06:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
[Gave better link, now used above. Thanks!--jimh]
jimh posted 09-03-2008 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Kenfab Engineering TRANSDAPTER 13 looks like a good solution for raising the transom height of older Boston Whaler 13-foot boats. I don't recall it being mentioned before. Thanks for the notice of this product. I think it will appeal to many Boston Whaler owners.
Tohsgib posted 09-03-2008 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Depends on price but it looks good. I especially like it on the 1972's transom.
Jerry Townsend posted 09-03-2008 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
This Kentfab unit looks real good - it looks to be well engineered and built.

Years ago, I had a 13 - and could not find any similar devices at the time - came close to building my own.

Regardless of price - this unit is very well done - and should work like a dream. -------- Jerry/Idaho

Tohsgib posted 09-03-2008 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Well if it is $400 then I would probably just do it the rght way and fill and paint/gel.
contender posted 09-03-2008 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Tohsgib is correct for $400. I would fill it in the correct way, rebuild the transom with fiberglass and gel coat, And if it is done correctly probably a lot stronger and better looking...Think outside the box
ALAN G posted 12-26-2010 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for ALAN G  Send Email to ALAN G     
I recently had need for a Transdaptor for a 13-foot Boston Whaler I am restoring for my son and daughter. The Transdaptor is an aluminum fabrication used to extend the transom to 20-inches from 15-inches to use long shaft outboards on older 13-foot Boston Whaler boats and has been addressed in a number of discussion threads on ContinuousWave and Whaler Central.

When I contacted the Kentfab Engineering via email, I got no reply. Then I called and found out that Kentfab Engineering has moved, changed their name, and changed their telephone number. Kentfab Engineering has been replaced by Kent Fabrications, Inc., the designer and builder of the original transdapter. Kent Fabrications, Inc.,, is located in Pembroke, Massachusetts and can be reached by calling 339-244-4533.


leadsled posted 12-27-2010 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for leadsled  Send Email to leadsled     
They make two models,one for the early hulls and one for the smirk hull blue interior 15' hull. They are about $425 to $450. I saw one on a whaler last summer and it looks well built. They had good pictures of them on their website last year.
pcrussell50 posted 12-27-2010 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for pcrussell50  Send Email to pcrussell50     
Looks like a good product, but you'd better hope you don't need any customer service. I was about to buy one about a year and a half ago, before I bought my 20" transom 1985 Sport 13. All I wanted to know was whether it came pre-drilled with BIA bolt pattern, or if it didn't, I wanted to know if it was an option... I would have even paid extra for the trouble. Three emails, spaced about a week apart as to not be a pest, were ALL unanswered. I lost all confidence that they would be a standup company who would back their (expensive) product.


pcrussell50 posted 12-27-2010 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for pcrussell50  Send Email to pcrussell50     
Oh yes, for the sake of completeness, I also asked if they made any wedges so the motor's transom bracket would sit "flat" on the curved transom.


cc378 posted 12-31-2010 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for cc378    
I have installed two of them and love them. They install in about 2 hours and work well. Are they worth the price? It all depends on how you value the cost of your labor....
thegage posted 01-01-2011 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for thegage  Send Email to thegage     
I have one, for a '69 13. Very nicely made and easy to install.

Caveats: The company was a complete pain to deal with.No response to e-mails until I flat out said I wanted to buy one, end even the response time was pitiful.

The Transdapter alone may not raise your longshaft engine high enough. That was the case with my 2010 E-TEC 30, which has screw clamps at the top and so can only be raised so high. I needed to get an extra jack plate.

I'd do it again though, as at least 50% of my boat's use is towing skiers, and the Transdapter is great reinforcement of the transom.

John k.

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