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Old 10-08-2004, 03:53 PM
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Default Cost of Transom Rebuild

Anyone have an idea of a ballpark cost of a transom replacement in a 24' boat? Thanks
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Default RE: Cost of Transom Rebuild

One of the difficulties in arriving at an accurate estimate is that there may or may not be damage to the stringers that needs expensive repairs. The repair guy will not know for sure until after the old transom and deck are off.
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Old 10-08-2004, 04:04 PM
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Replacing a transom is very labor intensive.
I rebuilt a 20 footer. Transom, stringers, deck, the whole shebang.
Chances are if you don't DIY, you will have far more invested in the boat than it's worth.
What boat is it that you are considering doing this to?
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Old 10-08-2004, 04:19 PM
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Boat is a 1981 24' Hydrasports cuddy. The hull is in good shape otherwise and I love the layout and ride. Previous owner replaced the transom using seacast (pourable). Transom is solid, but I am starting to get a crack along the top edge of the transom where the seacast meets the original inside layer of fiberglass on the transom (a little bit hard to explain b/c Hydrasports transoms are built from the inside out rather than from the outside in like most other boats). Transom flexes slightly but I am told that seacast will do this. I have neither the time nor the skills to replace the transom myself.
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Hey Dude;
I'm not at all sure you need a new transom. That seacast won't deteriorate over time but it relies on the fiberglass skin for strength. If the fiberglass fails the seacast will fail. Is it possible that you need to re-glass part of the transom? I've done this on an older boat. Some pictures would sure help. But I wouldn't go out and just replace the transom without more knowledge.

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Old 10-08-2004, 04:58 PM
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The seacast really throws a wrench in the works. If it were just a case of replacing the original plywood, it would be more straightforward.
I would seek out the advice of a boatyard that does a good amount of this type of repair.
As Mike said, you may not need to replace it, just re-glass it.
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Default RE: Cost of Transom Rebuild

What about some aluminum bracing through bolted to the inside of the transom? For instance, if it were possible to access the entire transom from the inside, it might be acceptable to span the width of the transom with heavy gauge aluminum channel, through bolted to the transom.

If your problem is the lack of rigidity of the Seacast product (and not addressing core rot), then maybe bracing or stiffening of the transom is all that is needed.

By the way, if Seacast relies on the fiberglass for it's strength and rigidity, then what purpose does it serve? Afterall, the entire purpose of the coring material that Seacast is meant to replace, is to provide the strength and rigidity.
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