It often happens, customers take their boat to replace their outboard engine and during the process the mechanic discovers that the transom is rotted! This Silverline bowrider came to us after the customer explained the situation, however he was under the impression that being a recessed transom that only the mid section needed replacing. Boats such as the Stejcrafts which have recessed transoms only have the core through the mid section. When the boat was delivered we found that the transom structure and core was full width adding quite a bit of work to the job. We ended up cutting out the back of the floor to access the outer parts of the transom and bond this in again. We needed to cut the layout of the new composite core pieces in a way that they could be laminated and bonded in from the middle opening. Once the new core was installed, all parts were glassed in place and the floor was filled in again. As with most outboard driven boats, the top of the transom is fitted with an unsightly piece of alloy moulding shaped to cover the hull to well join underneath. The owner requested this to be removed as we explained how this join is glassed together in our usual process. We faired and painted over this top edge as well as a couple of ugly holes in the engine well which tidied this area up. We also repaired all the cracking around the transom from excessive movement prior. The final finish was done in colour-matched polyurethane blended into the original gelcoat. The owner is now off to fit his new engine to the boat with confidence that his new transom is structurally A1!
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