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bmoran posted 07-20-2008 11:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for bmoran   Send Email to bmoran  
I'm looking at a Revenge 20 WT, allegedly an '86 (the trolling motor plate is installed over the HIN). It's been repowered sometime with a 90's yamaha 250HP (which is over the max HP for this boat).

There are cracks on the transom (Here's a picture:

I don;t know whether this is normal (or at least a known thing for the model), or indicative of water intrusion, rot, and a whole bunch of $$ that would needed to be spent.

My current whaler is an '86 Newport; This would be a move up in scale for me.

Advice on what potential causes are, what it means for other parts of the boat, direct advice ("run away") would be most welcome.


bmoran posted 07-20-2008 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for bmoran  Send Email to bmoran     
Obviously 'Revent' should be Revenge. Oops.
Casco Bay Outrage posted 07-20-2008 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
That appears to be a stress crack in the gelcoat. While not a big repair, it could be an indication of a motor strike in the boat's past or just age. To test the transom, rock the engine and see if it flexes.

How many cracks are there? Are they small, hairline or larger?

I have a small crack on my transom similar to that. To repair, grind it out a bit and re-gelcoat.

If you want opinions on the boat, post more details and photos.

bmoran posted 07-20-2008 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for bmoran  Send Email to bmoran     
I would judge them slightly larger than a hair's width. There are similar cracks on the other side of the transom. I'll try the motor rock.
highspeed_jd posted 07-20-2008 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for highspeed_jd  Send Email to highspeed_jd     
Also look at where the motor is bolted to the transom. If there are cracks there, that is not a good sign.
Bulldog posted 07-21-2008 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
I have a 1987 20' revenge, there are small cracks on both sides of my transom also. My cracks are much shorter, about 3/4" on port side and about 1.5" on the starboard side. I've had the boat four years and cracks have not changed at all. The starboard side one was epoxied by a former owner and it is still sealed tight. I have had the boat in pretty rough water and been out of the water with it. My twin 70hp engines on setback brackets probably way more then your engine. The transom on the 20' hulls is the same as the 22' boats and might acutally be stiffer then some because of the splash well front wall going all the way across the boat. Going with 50 horse power over the rating is pushing it though, but that is another topic. Looking at your pictures, I would be concerned, and would look into what it would cost to fix before buying, or just pass on it!.....Jack
Bulldog posted 07-21-2008 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Gee perhaps it should be "weigh more", instead of "way more"!......Jack

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