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Old 04-20-2004, 12:12 PM
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Default 79 Robalo Transom Repair

I just ordered a new engine to repower a classic 79 Robalo 20. The dealer has had a quote from a glass guy to replace the transom at $2900. Is that a legitimate price?

I am not convinced that the transom has to be replaced completely. There is some compression and spider cracking around the engine bolts, but it still sounds solid when you pound on it. There is no cracking in the corners to indicate excessive flex.

I really like the dealer and want to trust him. When I dropped the boat of (180 miles away at the coast), he said it looked like it could use some freshening up, and he would get a quote. There was no mention of cost at that time, except I told him that he could proceed without calling if it was < $1000.

The engine is in and ready to go. I love the boat, and want to keep it. I have given him $1000 deposit. Any advice or input on how to proceed would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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Default RE: 79 Robalo Transom Repair

tough call on the transom but cost wise seems in order!!!

did you ever drill any holes to find rotting wood?....


is 2900.00 worth a drive down to drill some holes?....


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Old 04-20-2004, 12:20 PM
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Default RE: 79 Robalo Transom Repair

The only time you have to replace a transom is if it is rotted from water intrusion. If you hit it with a rubber mallet it should sound solid and be consistant in sound with each impact as you move along the transom. Spider cracking is probably due to the tightening of the bolts and engine movement. Is there a top cap (aluminum, or rubber) over the transom? If so can you remove it to inspect the core. Take a pick and try and pick at the core thru the engine mounting holes, see if it looks soft.
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