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Old 02-14-2020, 06:50 PM
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I see so many posts about transoms and worried prospective buyers and dire warnings from other members... Has anyone ever actually had their outboard break off of the transom because it was rotten or is this an old wives tale to scare new boaters?

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Old 02-14-2020, 07:01 PM
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Bit of both, it does happen, and not just on old boats, most motors don't fall off completely, they just dangle by the control cables.
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I remember reading at least one thread on here were the transom broke and they managed to strap up the engine just enough to limp home. I would think in the majority of cases you get a wobbly transom as a warning sign.
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None of those were rotten transoms. I'm talking about all the "hey, I've got this crack on my transom, should I be worried???" posts. And all the "Dude, get a survey an RUN because that is totally waterlogged and going to sink your wallet." posts.
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Sandbar here in Venice La. I think it was an old Grady with a rotten transom
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
lol that boat looks 50 years old 😂
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About ten years ago, a close friend repowered his 24' mid-nineties Grady. Went to 150 V-6's from V-4 140s. Got a ride in a CG helo for his trouble. Transom stayed on, but

cap split from hull at the bow.
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My son was 17 at the time. He took my dink with a new 2hp Honda and attempted to beat the shit out of it. Pretty hard to do with only 2hp. But after a few minutes he managed to snap the engine off the transom. He’s a responsible kid so I told him replace it with the exact same engine. 2 weeks later there was a used jet ski in my driveway. KIDS!!!!!
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Witnessed an almost new 25HP Merc pop off the back of a tiny little hydroplane. We were kids 5-7th grade and this outboard had been “borrowed” without permission, plan was to use it for the day and return it. I wasn’t involved in the borrowing and was not running the hydroplane when “it” happened but I had taken my turn in the hydroplane.

Not a pretty sight seeing one of your buddy’s holding onto a 6 gallon gas tank when the outboard it is attached to is underwater. The water was only about 8 feet deep but the bottom had the consistency of black smelly mayonnaise and swallowed up that engine. This was LONG before GPS and the visibility in that river was not 6 inches, the outboard was never seen again and a group of kids were in big trouble.
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I had a 55HP Homelite 4-stroke outboard break a clamp bracket and fall off at full speed, dangling by the cables. Evidently the "West Bend" 35hp housing/clamp unit they used wasn't up to having more HP to deal with in 1967 ;-) The motor survived with a fresh water dunking later. Just lost the starter and generator to salt water damage. Transom was not the problem in this case.

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If I recall on that first one... is that the one they pulled up from the bottom a couple weeks later and were rebuilding?
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Originally Posted by wxdjm View Post
If I recall on that first one... is that the one they pulled up from the bottom a couple weeks later and were rebuilding?
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At a club tournament a guy was 30 minutes late for weigh in so I took off to look for him. Just outside the cove we were in I could see him coming down the lake on the trolling motor.
He had no engine, said it fell off just as they were on their way to the weigh in. I towed him back to the ramp and helped put the boat on his trailer.
Then we took off to the spot where he said the motor had come off. After a couple minutes we thought we saw it on the flasher. This was back in the early 80's.
With my anchor rope I jumped into 15 foot water and went down and found the motor. Tied the rope to it and three of us were able to lift it and put it in the boat.
It was in Lake Palestine, the motor a 115 Johnson.

Years later, something like 2003, fishing a big local tournament I came across a big Champion bass boat with the motor laying on the back deck sitting on its trailer in the parking lot. The motor had broken off and thrown the guys out of the boat. The motor bracket had broken and they used the trolling motor to return to the ramp. They said it took 6 people to lift the motor out of the water and put it on the back deck.

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Just dont say Crevalle with 400
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Never lost one due to a rotten transom but I blew a 25 HP off a rental boat by hitting a reef on the Churchill River. Evidently it wasn't the first time - they had it attached to the transom with a safety cable so it hung sideways still running until I lifted it up and re-hung it. They also had angle and flat iron reinforcing on the front of the skeg to protect against renters like myself. In my defense there's a lot of reefs up there - so many that I stopped taking my own boat and started using rentals.
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I should get a record for having two different tiller steered outboards come off the transom underway and I was able to hold on to them. As kids we wold flip our hydroplanes several times a summer and we would pull the plugs, pump the water out, drain the carbs, rope rope rope and off again. The last time a 25 hp Yamaha on a Livingston cat we were using as a test boat. The engine had been on and off several times and was not bolted when I hit a sand bar. The Morse controls and cable steering held as I watched it motoring in circles underwater. Motors are heavier than I remember as a kid or I am getting older. It was a grunt to get it back on the transom but 10 minutes to get it running.
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Coming in from offshore a few years ago we got waved down by a fellow boater, pull up and see a rope coming over the transom into the water, thinking it was an inboard and someone was in the water. Get closer and see a white glow under water, and the outboard was hanging with the rope attached to it. Apparently it came off (didnt appear to be from a rotten transom, something about the thru-bolts), and was only being held by the throttle and shifter cables, so someone went in and tied the rope around it incase they gave. We called USCG//sea tow for them per their request.
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
lol why did this guy light a flare

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