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Boat Name: King Kong
"Boat + Water = Fun"
Handy that sucks I’m
sorry to hear that I hope it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, good luck
Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express
2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX
Steve, I don't buy the transom shrinkage unless your transom was swollen due to water infiltration. I have cut open three Rinker transoms to drill holes for through hulls. We used to smoke shop drills doing it the Rinker transoms were so thick and strong. The dealer was so impressed the first time that he kept one of the plugs and I kept the other. I showed the one I had to a Sea ray rep one time and he did not believe it came from a Rinker as it was thicker and better set-up (layers) than a Sea Ray. Rinker isn't perfect but they build real tough hulls and their transoms are built like tanks!..... So I'm not buying that cr*p from some tech. As for the cracked plate, I'd still want to see how your drives were braced for transportation. There is no way they should have been trucked that distance without being supported. Maybe a second opinion would be helpful?
Steve - yes, but it looked like some sort of specialty wood and was very heavily impregnated with resin. The "wood" glass and resin layers were so impressive that most of the dealer's techs were crowded around to look at it. No one had seen a better lay-up.When I did my own boat it was a 1994 Rinker 190 that I drilled two 4 inch holes through the transom in 1998 for through hulls for a 390 HP high performance 383. Here's the BIG deal - first, after four years there was no sign of ANY deterioration of that transom at ALL! The holes were big - 4 inches - and man did they ever look big after I cut them out LOL. My point, the two big holes and the plugs I got our gave us a real good chance to look at the lamination schedule of that Rinker transom - it was SCARY strong. I was cr*pping my pants that the 383 torque monster I was going to put in that little boat would crack, split or whatever that transom. The guy who bought that boat from me still has it and brings it to my dealer for winterization, The transom is still PRISTINE.....and remember the 190 is an ENTRY level boat!!!!! I'm telling you Rinker lays-up MONSTER transoms right across their line. IMO, if one cracks it's a fluke or someone has damaged it. BTW If I saw some road jockey getting ready to haul my boat without bracing the drives I'd kick his s** so hard he'd need to sit on a pillow for the trip. If a Rinker is treated right their hulls/transoms will outlive their owners - IMO.
Handyman did you hear
back from mechanic? Is the Transom OK