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Old 10-21-2020, 09:35 AM
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Good afternoon everyone,

I cannot post pictures yet, but am wondering if I can get some input on a boat. I am looking to upgrade from my 16 ft alumacraft to a wider boat for my family. This is a Pro Sports that has no wood in the construction. There are some cracks on both sides of the transom at the top that go right to left.

I can try to get pictures somehow, but again, I cannot on the forum until I have more posts done

I do not know if the cracks are cause for concern, or are normal wear and tear.

Thank you!

Chris
Old 10-21-2020, 09:37 AM
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Get it surveyed if serious but any cracks like that mean it’s been beaten on
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Would a boat mechanic be someone to look at it or is a surveyor someone different?
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I would get a second opinion from a more experienced boat owning friend (or wait till you can post the photos on here) - a surveyor is a very expensive way to be told 'run away' if the cracks are that bad - I would only go to the expense of a surveyor once you have inspected the boat yourself and believe there are no major problems - a surveyor is to pick up the stuff you can't see for yourself, not to confirm the bleedin' obvious!

And, yes a surveyor is different to a mechanic - the surveyor will go through the boat looking for structural faults etc, but they generally don't go into the engine(s) too much - you need a separate expert to go though the engines - but again no point in paying someone to do that if there are issues with the boat that would make you walk away anyway.
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Grab the lower unit on the outboard and lift it up and down and watch the crack areas. If the transom is flexing you will see the cracks move.
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Thanks guys. I was really hoping to post pics
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Never understood why you need 10 posts over a couple of days before you can post photos
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
Never understood why you need 10 posts over a couple of days before you can post photos
Especially for someone who has been a member for 5 years like the OP.
Old 10-22-2020, 01:48 PM
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Yeah, I will work on posts. I just come here to browse and read. Never really had a need for input or questions until now

But I will get to the 10 posts and then post pics. He is not selling boat until this coming Monday the 26th anyways.
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upper left corner

just to show motor bracket

upper right corner



Bottom no issues.

superficial on front left of boat?
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The spider cracks don't look like much to me but the cracks on the transom look very similar to a boat I posted about over a year ago that I was looking at. The cracking is just about the same but members on here told me it may or may not be an issue and to not be too alarmed and have it checked out. It was being sold through a broker who was pushing me hard to make a decision, so I just walked. Would be interested in what others think.
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looks like wood deck screws in the AL plate covering the top of the transom. If its free and you want to do the work then go for it, if not, on to the next one.
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The cracks look like they may be related to that poling platform. Would be enough for me to walk; but wait until some of the real vets here give their .02$ Just remember, there's always another boat out there.
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I don't like the looks of that at all. The words jury rigged come to mind.
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Thanks for the input guys.

First, yes the front spider ones are at the front platform and are not related to transom. But I had the picture and I figured that yes, it was superficial unlike the transom.

I do agree that they may be from the standing platform because it was aftermarket, but if it will be a problem in the future I will have to pass then I want a more family boat that will hold my 4-5 people (small kids) that is wider than my 16 ft Alumacraft boat.

Thank you!

I am happy that I could finally post the pictures!
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Rode hard, put away wet.
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A lot wrong going on!!
the poorly installed transom cap should not be on there at all
(probably covering up some more issues)
and definitely should not be installed under top of motor mounting bracket creating a weird
gap.
if boat is super cheap and you are really good at working on and fixing boats get it.
if not definitely walk away.
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I don’t know about the cracks, but there are other indicators that would make me think you could do better - the owner hasn’t even bothered to clean the boat or engine before putting it up for sale - doesn’t exactly scream ‘cared for boat’ to me - what else has been neglected?
What’s happening around that drain hole for instance?
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Lots going on. trailer is set up wrong, hull is sitting on the cross beam. That Etec is eating itself with corrosion, anodes probably have never been changed. The gel coat cracks are probably superficial, but indicates as stated above that the boat has been rode hard and not cared for.

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