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Which Full Transom Bracket? Is there an inexpensive/quality bracket out there for a boat with 8.5 beam and able to support a 600 lbs 250hp motor?
In short, the answer is NO!! inexpensive and top quality are very hard to find these day. HermCo makes the best bracket on the market. 100% fiberglass which provides the most flotation. The twin hub runs arounds $3500
After having one on my Scarab Sport I would highly recommend you get one without a lot of space inside of it. I know there are some brackets made that look like they have no space internal. The bracket I had was hollow and could hold probably 50+ gallons of water. When Wellcraft mounted the engine bracket they didn't put any silicone on the bolts or in the holes. The gasket on the inspection plate cracked and allowed water to get into the bracket without me knowing it. The water seeped threw the bolt holes and into the wood in the transom eventually rotting out the wood. I had to have the transom replaced to the tune of $6K!!
I'm very happy with the quality of the D and D Marine bracket I got 2 years ago. They had the best initial price but be aware some brackets, like mine, come unfinished. You might factor in this cost and the cost of shipping when considering a builder (shipping was around $200 for me).
Used can be a good option but like the others have said you need to know the transom angle of your boat and bracket. Also be aware of potential corrosion issues.