How to tell if your transom is rotten

Bad rot will lead to totally deteriorated wood and a lot of flex in the transom when the outdrive unit is under load. If you're not experiencing that, then your transom overall is probably okay. You can probe with a piece of stiff wire around the screw holes and see if there is any severe softness. Oct 10, 2012 · I know in I/O if the transom is rotted you can actually pull your outdrive off the back or twist and crack the gel coat and fiberglass. But since this is an inboard.....the pressure is more on the bottom part of the boat. Also I know if the motor has soft stringers under it.....it can twist and screw a lot up. Aug 12, 2006 · 2) When the wood rots and the transom begins to flex the rivets and bolts all start working loose. This results in more leaking. 3) To identify loose rivets, look for a black ring around the edge of the rivet. This black stuff is a result of aluminum parts rubbing against each other. The floor seems solid when walking on it and there are no holes in the glass on the floor or transom. The only hole in the transom is the one for the drain plug, still has the original plastic liner in it. If there is no flex does that mean its solid? Bad rot will lead to totally deteriorated wood and a lot of flex in the transom when the outdrive unit is under load. If you're not experiencing that, then your transom overall is probably okay. You can probe with a piece of stiff wire around the screw holes and see if there is any severe softness. For vessels with transom-mounted outboards, you can easily figure out which type of outboard you need to get. Measure from the top of the transom to the bottom of the hull. Your goal is to measure how the outboard will sit, so start from the clamping plate and follow the centerline of the hull. Measure straight down to the lowest point on the hull. Knowing your boat as I do, I can tell you, it most likely is shot. The next test is to remove the two lower bolts and stick your finger in the holes. If they're wet, then you pretty much know what's going on, bit I can tell you I've done quite a few Bayliners of that vintage and all had rotten transom cores. Replace the screws using 5200 to keep them waterproof. Finally, I take a ball hammer and tap the outside of the transom fairly firmly about every 4" interval. I listen for any change in the sound. A wet spot in the transom usually goes from a sharp tap to a more of a dull thud. A really bad spot sounds hollow. When cutting back the knees/stringers that were connected to the transom, I had to cut back until I got past the rotted wood. I cut off about six inches of a stringer (3) and could see by its appearance I was past the wet wood. If you are uncertain, use a pin-type moisture meter to measure the wood’s water content. Knowing your boat as I do, I can tell you, it most likely is shot. The next test is to remove the two lower bolts and stick your finger in the holes. If they're wet, then you pretty much know what's going on, bit I can tell you I've done quite a few Bayliners of that vintage and all had rotten transom cores. Nov 19, 2017 · Lifetime warranty didn't start until '07. T-Mac explained that. Have read here at WC that some have gotten a new transom from Lund and the horror stories about the labor costs! I know I'm not alone and would like to know from the guys who have done it themselves with a new Lund supplied wooden transom, how it went. Fellow lund owners, Im sorry to inform you that if your lund is 2017 and older your transom is susceptible to rot and paint damage. I`m sorry if i wrecked your day but lund only recently fixed their design flaw. The transom is the structural grade wood that distributes the weight and hp of the motor. Unfortunately, a transom replacement is a bit of an undertaking and am willing t TRANSOM: Let's start with the transom. If we have a transom with a rotten core, there are several ways to handle the repair but only one good one. The best way is to get full access to the transom either by grinding down all the inside fiberglass skin or simply cut the whole thing out. Do not try to remove the rotten ply- This is one of the symptoms! Water is leaking out from behind the transom plate on an inboard. Sure sign that water will also be leaking in! This is one of the symptoms! May 24, 2013 · If the weight and force of the outboard is causing the transom to compress, this will cause the bolts to be loose. If your jack plate has been installed with only bolts and plate washers, this may... TRANSOM: Let's start with the transom. If we have a transom with a rotten core, there are several ways to handle the repair but only one good one. The best way is to get full access to the transom either by grinding down all the inside fiberglass skin or simply cut the whole thing out. Do not try to remove the rotten ply- Aug 18, 2018 · I wanted to see if any of you fellow musky nuts have had a bad dealing with Lund about a rotten transom. I'll tell you the long story in short. I am the second owner of my cherry 2002 Mr. Pike w/Honda 4 stroke 130hsp, Honda 4 stoke 8hsp kicker and Minnkota Ulterra 80lb trolling motor. TRANSOM: Let's start with the transom. If we have a transom with a rotten core, there are several ways to handle the repair but only one good one. The best way is to get full access to the transom either by grinding down all the inside fiberglass skin or simply cut the whole thing out. Do not try to remove the rotten ply- to fix your running water though transom seams is to use expoxy, as caulk doees hold up well to exposed areas, 2 to check transom rot by checking your drain plug area and check the color around the ring a dark color means it leaking or soft, sometime u can pull the transom apart and fill with expoxy, or replace the transom and use expoxy to bond,, depends when u catch it, on my 76 mfg i/o it 40 years old had a small area i fixed with expoxy hope it helps Nov 24, 2009 · What you can do is make an inspection hole on the floor. You can buy inspection ports to fill the whole. Most of the time the stringers will fail at the back of the boat, as this is where the water pools. I would say if the stringers are on there way out so will be your transom. If in doubt go have a chat to a boat builder or your mechanic. No, not really. What we find most of the time is the guy that installed the engine did a poor job sealing the bolts. Also a lot of boats use a metal cap over the transum and with age, it starts leaking and the end result is a water logged/rotten transum. Take the handle of a screwdriver and tap on the transum. This is one of the symptoms! Water is leaking out from behind the transom plate on an inboard. Sure sign that water will also be leaking in! This is one of the symptoms! How can you tell if your transom is bad?? Post by baptistpreach » 08 Jan 2009, 08:58 I've heard guys talk about them rotting and such, how can I tell if mine's bad? to fix your running water though transom seams is to use expoxy, as caulk doees hold up well to exposed areas, 2 to check transom rot by checking your drain plug area and check the color around the ring a dark color means it leaking or soft, sometime u can pull the transom apart and fill with expoxy, or replace the transom and use expoxy to bond,, depends when u catch it, on my 76 mfg i/o it 40 years old had a small area i fixed with expoxy hope it helps Jun 07, 2010 · The transom "block" is mostly dry but I know it's headed the way of the stringers. When it get's done in a couple of seasons I'll use NidaBond OR SeaForm(no more wood(in the boat). ETA: If your paying pros to fix this kind of damage you may have to whip out the AMEX let alone the checkbook.

I dont know how or where you people use your boats but there is only one way to fix a rotten transom. You tear it out and replace it. You cant glue a bunch of rotten wood together or bolt a metal plate to it and expect it to hold. Its not safe. Nevertheless, you’ll save yourself thousands of dollars if you can take on this repair for your stern drive. If you have a garage and a willing friend to help, it’s a must-do. How to Know If the Bellows Are Bad. Boats shouldn’t leak. If you find water inside the cabin, there is likely a hole or crack someplace. Sep 05, 2014 · Look for any signs of transom bowing or deformation. Look for any signs of the motor mounting bolts and washers being pulled into the transom. If the customer knows his boat, he will not have any issues with you to tug up and down on the bottom of the motor with the motor tipped fully up. No, not really. What we find most of the time is the guy that installed the engine did a poor job sealing the bolts. Also a lot of boats use a metal cap over the transum and with age, it starts leaking and the end result is a water logged/rotten transum. Take the handle of a screwdriver and tap on the transum. No, not really. What we find most of the time is the guy that installed the engine did a poor job sealing the bolts. Also a lot of boats use a metal cap over the transum and with age, it starts leaking and the end result is a water logged/rotten transum. Take the handle of a screwdriver and tap on the transum. When cutting back the knees/stringers that were connected to the transom, I had to cut back until I got past the rotted wood. I cut off about six inches of a stringer (3) and could see by its appearance I was past the wet wood. If you are uncertain, use a pin-type moisture meter to measure the wood’s water content. The floor seems solid when walking on it and there are no holes in the glass on the floor or transom. The only hole in the transom is the one for the drain plug, still has the original plastic liner in it. If there is no flex does that mean its solid? May 21, 2015 · A simple test is to raise the drive and then stand on it and bounce up and down on it. There should be absolutely NO flexing of the transom AT ALL. You need another person to watch because you can't tell while you are on the drive. Depending on how bad it is, water will leak into the boat while underway. Aug 12, 2006 · 2) When the wood rots and the transom begins to flex the rivets and bolts all start working loose. This results in more leaking. 3) To identify loose rivets, look for a black ring around the edge of the rivet. This black stuff is a result of aluminum parts rubbing against each other. Nov 24, 2009 · What you can do is make an inspection hole on the floor. You can buy inspection ports to fill the whole. Most of the time the stringers will fail at the back of the boat, as this is where the water pools. I would say if the stringers are on there way out so will be your transom. If in doubt go have a chat to a boat builder or your mechanic. to fix your running water though transom seams is to use expoxy, as caulk doees hold up well to exposed areas, 2 to check transom rot by checking your drain plug area and check the color around the ring a dark color means it leaking or soft, sometime u can pull the transom apart and fill with expoxy, or replace the transom and use expoxy to bond,, depends when u catch it, on my 76 mfg i/o it 40 years old had a small area i fixed with expoxy hope it helps Granted, there are more ways to identify a rotten transom. Drill a small hole in a suspect area and see if the wood comes out dry and wood-colored, wet, or like sawdust. If it's the latter two, you have rot. Knock on the transom, sometimes this works to identify "hollow" sounding areas, indicating that it may be rotten in that area. Nov 24, 2009 · What you can do is make an inspection hole on the floor. You can buy inspection ports to fill the whole. Most of the time the stringers will fail at the back of the boat, as this is where the water pools. I would say if the stringers are on there way out so will be your transom. If in doubt go have a chat to a boat builder or your mechanic. May 24, 2013 · If the weight and force of the outboard is causing the transom to compress, this will cause the bolts to be loose. If your jack plate has been installed with only bolts and plate washers, this may... determining the correct "transom saver" (#1) Hitch trailer, with boat on it, to tow vehicle and place on flat surface. (#2) Raise motor, with power trim or settings, so the bottom of lower unit is 12" to 16" off the ground. Replace the screws using 5200 to keep them waterproof. Finally, I take a ball hammer and tap the outside of the transom fairly firmly about every 4" interval. I listen for any change in the sound. A wet spot in the transom usually goes from a sharp tap to a more of a dull thud. A really bad spot sounds hollow. There are a few best practices to treat your transom wood: Wait for the ideal temperature —between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. At about 70 degrees, the applied Git-Rot will solidify overnight, boosting ... Inject the Git-Rot into the wood’s end grain whenever possible. Think of Git-Rot like blood ... Granted, there are more ways to identify a rotten transom. Drill a small hole in a suspect area and see if the wood comes out dry and wood-colored, wet, or like sawdust. If it's the latter two, you have rot. Knock on the transom, sometimes this works to identify "hollow" sounding areas, indicating that it may be rotten in that area. This is one of the symptoms! Water is leaking out from behind the transom plate on an inboard. Sure sign that water will also be leaking in! This is one of the symptoms! If your model has the alum trim covering the top edge of transom, when the trim is removed, all can be checked out. I suggest you wait until end of season to look into it. Monitor condition in this area regularly until then, if it remains the same then there is nothing to be alarmed about. This is one of the symptoms! Water is leaking out from behind the transom plate on an inboard. Sure sign that water will also be leaking in! This is one of the symptoms! determining the correct "transom saver" (#1) Hitch trailer, with boat on it, to tow vehicle and place on flat surface. (#2) Raise motor, with power trim or settings, so the bottom of lower unit is 12" to 16" off the ground. Jun 16, 2017 · He uses the hammer to perform a simple tap test on the laminate in question. “I walk around the boat and tap different areas — key areas like the transom — and I listen carefully,” says Perette. “I’m listening for contrasting sounds. A dry core with a solid laminate gives off a clean, crisp sound when you tap it. Nov 25, 2017 · It can be just the transom they will be able to tell when the transom wood is removed and ends of stringers are exposed. Get a few quotes for sure. You need to find a good back yard guy looking to make a couple extra bucks for the holidays to keep the cost down. Aug 12, 2006 · 2) When the wood rots and the transom begins to flex the rivets and bolts all start working loose. This results in more leaking. 3) To identify loose rivets, look for a black ring around the edge of the rivet. This black stuff is a result of aluminum parts rubbing against each other. No, not really. What we find most of the time is the guy that installed the engine did a poor job sealing the bolts. Also a lot of boats use a metal cap over the transum and with age, it starts leaking and the end result is a water logged/rotten transum. Take the handle of a screwdriver and tap on the transum. Jun 16, 2017 · He uses the hammer to perform a simple tap test on the laminate in question. “I walk around the boat and tap different areas — key areas like the transom — and I listen carefully,” says Perette. “I’m listening for contrasting sounds. A dry core with a solid laminate gives off a clean, crisp sound when you tap it. I just tap on the outside of the transom with a small ball peen hammer, & if it sounds hollow I drill a hole through the fiber glass & stick either an ice pick or screw driver in that hole & push, if it goes in easy, it's rotten, if it dosen't go in at all, your ok.