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jay posted 12-27-2001 08:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for jay  
I am trying to figure out if the transom of my 1986 Newport is waterlogged.

Is there a fool-proof way to tell if the transom is full of water? If it is, is the boat safe? Is the boat repairable?

I believe the transom may be water saturated because if I connect the positive lead of an ohmeter to a metal object in the transom, i.e. an old screw, and connect the negative lead to another metal object, I get a reading much less than infinite resistance. I expected infinite resistance since the screws aren't connected on the outside of the hull.

The only conductivity I can think of is if Whaler used a metal reinforcement plate on the inside of the transom, or, the transom is soaked.

I drilled two holes in the transom. The material that came out was clean, i.e. looked new, no black, no oozing. However, when I stuck the ohmeter leads in the holes, I again got a reading much less than the expected infinite resistance.

Look forward to any ideas and help as I do like this boat.

JBCornwell posted 12-27-2001 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Relax, Jay.
Plywood is not a perfect insulator. Several Gigohms is much less than infinity. Depending on your meter, you may be suffering from a bit of paranoia.

I can't imagine the transom getting saturated without also rotting. if it exhibits no weakness it is probably fine.

Red sky at night.. .
JB :)

Bigshot posted 12-28-2001 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Foam is dry, transom is good! Worry about gloabal warming instead:)
jay posted 12-28-2001 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for jay    
Thanks fellas. I feel a whole lot better now.
jameso posted 12-30-2001 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Given enough sensitivity you can read the resistance of clear air. Don't know about the global warming thing, If this winter is any indication of global warming let's all buy more two strokes and diesels!
Jim Armstrong

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