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Old 07-25-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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So it turns out I need a new transom on my boat that I've had for less than a month. Does anyone know someone that does fiberglass work for a reasonable price? I've been told it might be able to be done for $4-500, but I don't know if that's realistic or not. I considered doing it myself with one of the pourable compounds, but decided the integrity of the transom is too important to mess around with. I'll post a pic of the transom with measurements when I get home, but wanted to get this on here. Thanks for any assistance.
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What size and kind of boat? The 4 to 5 hundred is way low for a correctly replaced transom. It's a major job and requires a qualified person to do it and have it done correctly.
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hmmm, I just posted this query on the classic mako site:
http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=43982

Lots of transom replacement information there, and other sites with a quick google search, but the options are a bit bewildering. I am looking into doing this myself sometime this winter. $4-500 in materials only might be a low end figure.
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I recommend Big Mike's Fiberglass (850-206-4499). His shop is located at our marina (Harbor View Marine). He has been doing fiberglass work as long as I have been detailing boats. He comes highly recommended!!!

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The material will be at least the $400.00 to $500.00 posted.
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It's looking more and more like it will be best to cut my losses, sell the motors, trailer and anything else I can off the boat and scrap it. Not exactly the way I pictured my first boat.
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hey, before you give up,
what kind of boat, age, size, anything else bad beside the transom?
willing to try yourself? Time?
good advice from experienced folks on here, a lot more experienced than I.

flip side, it is a buyers market right now you might find a better starting point.
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It's a 1987 Chapparal Fisherman, about 20'. As far as I know there is nothing else wrong with it, but I could be missing something else too. I'll get a pic up when I have a chance.
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Need good pix's. $400 to $500? Yea Right! Not a chance.

A sheet of 1 1/2in Coosa [26lb density] is $425 alone. That is just a sheet of material.

The job is over 10X the number you were thinking. Yes $5000. I bet you didn't pay that for the boat?
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Ok, finally got a pic up. The beam is about 92", and the vertical measurement is 18 1/2" from the bottom tip to where the motor is hanging. Not sure if the upper sides would need anything, but they are about 10 1/2" up to the rub rail. Seems like there for sure wouldn't be any transom material above that. The boat is a 1987 Chapparal Fisherman 198. And X-Shark, you are correct; I did not pay $5k for the whole thing.
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