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LarrySherman posted 06-27-2001 11:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for LarrySherman   Send Email to LarrySherman  
I noticed a dark streak steeming from my groud plate on the transom. Unscrewed it and drilled out the hole, found moist plywood shavings and dry foam. I taped a little tent over it and shot some acetone in there (thinking that it would help dry it out.

I assume to repare it some expoxy and a wooden dowel is the way to go. Any thoughts or advie would be really helpfull. My big fear is determing how far the moisture goes. Do I start drilling exploratory holes?


Bigshot posted 06-28-2001 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
You might have to drill some SMALL explortory holes. What boat? If it is weton an area it should dry with the holes and then inject some "Gitrot" in there and epoxy it up or use liquid gelcoat to fill the small holes. Try this
LarrySherman posted 06-28-2001 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
It's an Outrage 25. When I mounted my kicker on the other side of the transom I found good wood at the same level, so I'm hoping that the moisture does not extend too far. Do you think it is best to drill some holes around the area then?
Marco Whalo posted 06-28-2001 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marco Whalo  Send Email to Marco Whalo     
I have similar problem. I can't believe I missed this when I purchased the boat. At the base of the transom (bottom of boat) there is a pen size hole that goes up about a third of an inch until it hits wood. The wood is damp to the touch but doesn't drip water. There are no other soft spots or visible damage on the hull. I am going to drill the hole a little more and poke around to see if the wood is soft. I doesn't look major but... Is this the right course of action? What would you recommend to fill it with?
Bigshot posted 06-28-2001 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
If it is just wet you want it to dry out good and then fill with whatever you want that you think looks good. If they are small holes, They make a superglue sized tube of liquid gelcoat in buff white($5) at boaters world. Fill in the hole with it. If below the water line w/paint, fill with epoxy and snd then repaint. If it is where the kicker is, do not sweat it too bad, this is only a small piece of wood for kickers, etc. Not exactly a structure point and would not worry too much but get it sealed. transom where engine is mounted is a different story. I ama lso assuming that whaler sets up wood in the transom the same on all models.
LarrySherman posted 06-28-2001 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
The hole is below the waterline on the starboard side, about 8" down. I think I'm going to drill some holes in an expanding circular pattern arounf the hole, looking for good wood. This should also accelerate the drying process. It would be nice if I could somehow link the holes together inside the transom, to create a honeycomb of sorts. Once dry, inject epoxy into the top hole and block up the holes from the bottom up as it begins to flow.

PS: the rotdoctor site is pretty neat, thasnks!

sound like a plan?

Marco Whalo posted 06-28-2001 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marco Whalo  Send Email to Marco Whalo     
Thanks Bigshot. I see you are or were in NJ. This boat is in Toms River. I'll be taking it past Harvey Cedars LBI this weekend. Small World.

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