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Cruiser posted 04-13-2002 10:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for Cruiser  
I am starting to see a slight separation on the top of the transom in my 15. What is the best way to get ahead of this problem before it starts to be some real damage. I see a crack starting that is about 1 inch long on the top of the transom. It is a way small fraction of an inch wide but should I close it off with epoxy to seal the water out or what?
Flipper posted 04-13-2002 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
The same happened to my 15 when our family took ownership back in 1985, except nothing was done right away. After a couple of seasons in the rain and weather,there was quite a large open crack running all the way across.I took the boat in to a Whaler dealer to have fixed, and their glass guy found no waterlogging in the plywood.
I was lucky, but I'd nip this one in the bud and get out the epoxy.
jameso posted 04-14-2002 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Very common on the 15 but no big deal. I had a small repair on my own sport and just finished one on a friends. This is the mold junction or the 'greenline' as Whaler calls it. Do not know why they left all those open to thed= elements. Any older and experienced Whaler dealer will tell you the same.
To repair the area get your self some two part epoxy, (West or other) several 'C' clamps and a couple of small screwdrivers or other to use as wedges. First drive the wedges into the 'crack' open it up good! Then mix the epoxy and pour it into the crack, look at the pot life or the working time for the adhesive and let the repair stay open for about half that time. You want the expoxy to have time to travel to each void. Then 'C' clamp the transom and let the adhesive cure for at least twice the time called for in literature.
Remove the clamps and sand or grind the excess adhesive to match the transom.
After you have done this it is a good idea to paint the entire top of transom with a gel coat or epoxy.
Will last for ever.
Jim Armstrong
Cruiser posted 04-15-2002 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cruiser    
Thanks for the advice. Have you ever heard of a product called "Get Rot"? I thought it may be good to inject some of this into the small crack the epoxy on top of it to seal. Good idea?
Bigshot posted 04-15-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
No need for that...stuff is like water. Get soome 5 minute epoxy and let her rip. I have one about 4 inches long. Just filled with epoxy about 1 year ago and she is unchanged. Very common and not to worry about.
Cruiser posted 04-16-2002 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cruiser    

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