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MiniWhaler posted 05-13-2003 09:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for MiniWhaler   Send Email to MiniWhaler  
I recently found a surplus 27' Whaler. I called the Marine Police to inquire about the condition and was told it had a "soft" transom. My skills are limited. Am I correct in assuming that repairing/replacing a trasom is over my head?
Sal DiMercurio posted 05-13-2003 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
If you plan on putting any serious hp on it, you better have it done.
Theres more to it then you think.
dfmcintyre posted 05-14-2003 08:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Mini -

It ran me (in 1990 dollars) about $4500-5000 to have my transom repaired by a high quality repair shop.

They took a circular saw and carbide blade to the outside of the transom, and opened it up, revealing the rotted wood and some wet foam. It had developed rot from a poor installation and subsequent removal of the twin setup and going to a single, prior to my ownership.

The wood was replaced with multiple layers of 3/4" pressure treated plywood. The wood section is now thicker then origional. Then added multiple layers of fiberglass matting and resin.

The finishing of it was, in my opinion more involved as the early 21's had a slanted, curved transom.

Your question is kinda open depends on how much experience you've got with fiberglass repairs. You might think about doing the dirty stuff, i.e. the removal and let a pro do the rebuild. The guys that did mine were not brain surgeons, by _any_ stretch of the imagination, but they were directed by the owner.

From what I recall, the transom of the 27's are flat, which makes the repair easier then mine.

I'd guess about $1000 in materials alone.

How much to they want for it?


Sal DiMercurio posted 05-14-2003 12:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
That job shouldn't cost over $2,000 at the very most.
Our local boat works charges $1,500 for the straight transom.
MiniWhaler posted 05-16-2003 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for MiniWhaler  Send Email to MiniWhaler     
Thanks for the replies...I appreciate the help. The price is still up in the air, so I'm trying to figure out if its worth the trouble.
Steve Leone posted 05-17-2003 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Check out West Systems injection epoxy. With a couple of aluminum plates this may be an alternative. Steve
Bigshot posted 05-21-2003 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
This could be a real easy fix, especially if you are considering an engine bracket. If it has inboard/outboards then fix is even easier.

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