transom plate

Discussion in 'Outboard Maintenance' started by jlutsey, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. jlutsey

    jlutsey I Love!

    one more question,
    I found a piece of 1/4 in aluminum plate in the garage that i want to use as a transom plate on my fiberglass CMF. My question is whether it will serve better on the front or the back of the transom. I dont plan on bolting the motor at this point because i have a wood core transom. Any ideas?
  2. Frank_Sebastian

    Frank_Sebastian Well-Known Member

    If it is a small motor (25 HP or less) on a boat with a plywood core transom, you may want to consider drilling the transom with sharp bit and coating inside the holes (drill 1/16 oversize) with epoxy. The most common place for the aluminum is on the inside of the boat and usually results from a soft area where the clamps go. A better long term solution might be epoxy and biaxial glass. I wouldn't run the engine without bolts through the transom. At least use a safety chain to secure the engine. It won't save someone from an injury by the flying prop if it becomes free of the boat, but will save the engine from a complete dunking.


  3. jlutsey

    jlutsey I Love!

    Thanks Frank,
    I was thinking the inside would be best do to the clamps...
  4. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    Bolt that sucker down! I learned my lesson when I hit an underwater log and it almost took the motor off. If it's a wood transom like most just do like frank said and drill it then coat the inside of the holes with epoxy (Q-tip works well for this). If you are still worried about water intrusion then use some silicone or 5200 in the holes when you bolted it. Thats how I did it. ;)