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Old 04-16-2014, 12:42 AM
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:40 AM
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There has been quite a bit of talk recently here on WC regarding transom issues. Here are a few links to the threads that it was discussed. Not sure what kind of boat you are referring to. These threads are mostly about Lund but I would think it's relates to many styles and manufacturers.

https://www.walleyecentral.com/forums...hlight=transom

https://www.walleyecentral.com/forums...hlight=transom

https://www.walleyecentral.com/forums...hlight=transom

https://www.walleyecentral.com/forums...d.php?t=325802

Reading through these should probably answer your questions.
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:52 PM
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Take a screw out of the transom and probe with an ice pick or awl....or even stove-pipe wire.
Just twisting screws won't give an answer... because the screw may have been over tightened previously.

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Old 04-17-2014, 06:46 AM
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Usally there will be some other signs as well motor mount bolts loosening up
Distorted aluminum around the bolts that go thu the transom loose rivets some small,crawls in corners or on the transom cap
If you can actually see the transom flexing it probably a lot worse there should be no flexing you could see with the naket eye
Best way is to probe with ice pick if you can get at it
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:04 AM
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If you bring the boat back to the Lund factory to have the transom replaced, what are they going to do differently so the transom will not rot again?
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:56 AM
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If you bring the boat back to the Lund factory to have the transom replaced, what are they going to do differently so the transom will not rot again?
In a nutshell... the answer is "the odds" say it won't rot again.

It certainly sucks to have a transom issue, no question. But it is extremely uncommon.
So, if Lund fixes it, you should have a reasonable expectation it stays fixed.

I am an ex dealer who sold well over a thousand Lunds and had to fix only one transom.
The incidence of wood issues in Lund transoms is a low, low percentage of Lund boats sold.
I just got off the phone with a man at the Lund factory who knows. He said a transom repair issue pops up on one transom per 300 to 400 boats built.

That is less than 1/2 of a %

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Old 04-18-2014, 10:37 AM
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In a nutshell... the answer is "the odds" say it won't rot again.

It certainly sucks to have a transom issue, no question. But it is extremely uncommon.
So, if Lund fixes it, you should have a reasonable expectation it stays fixed.

I am an ex dealer who sold well over a thousand Lunds and had to fix only one transom.
The incidence of wood issues in Lund transoms is a low, low percentage of Lund boats sold.
I just got off the phone with a man at the Lund factory who knows. He said a transom repair issue pops up on one transom per 300 to 400 boats built.

That is less than 1/2 of a %
Is this because a lot of people never really check into their transom thoroughly or just don't bother getting them fixed? How bad does the transom actually have to be before it is a major problem?
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:12 AM
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Is this because a lot of people never really check into their transom thoroughly or just don't bother getting them fixed? How bad does the transom actually have to be before it is a major problem?
Yes x2,it's got to get real bad before the average boater will notice.
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:06 PM
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Is this because a lot of people never really check into their transom thoroughly or just don't bother getting them fixed? How bad does the transom actually have to be before it is a major problem?

There's no way of knowing to what degree people check them, ... but Lund has been doing transoms since 1948. They know pretty close, how many they built and they know pretty close,how many they and their dealers have dealt with. (and we are talking some really old boats in the mix)

As for checking the transom integrity...Grabbing the engine lower unit and bouncing when it is up on tilt to check for excessive flex is something almost every technician does when winterizing a boat (any brand).

Best I can do.
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:20 PM
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Is this because a lot of people never really check into their transom thoroughly or just don't bother getting them fixed? How bad does the transom actually have to be before it is a major problem?
Yes x2,it's got to get real bad before the average boater will notice.
That does not make any sense. So are we saying that boat owners are not intelligent enough to be able to tell if they have a transom issue. If they can't tell, how does a boat not break just because the owner is not intelligent enough to know it's wrong?

Let alone if boat owners are that unintelligent, how would that offer us any confidence the boat owner properly sealed any holes he decided to drill in the transom, causing the issues himself?

If all that is so common - I just can't figure out why I don't see one sinking every trip out?

Hmmm, probably because it's more of an internet problem than a real problem.

Things have to make sense.
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