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Old 08-25-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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All - I recently purchased a 2007 May Craft and had the boat surveyed befor buying. Survey came back clean. These boats have a wood-core transome and wood stringers. Survey showed no moisture in either. I took the boat to a reputable local marine electronics installer to have Raymarine electronics installed. After the install I had the boat out 4 times. This weekend I was detailing the boat and looked at the transducer, which appeared not to have any sealant around the screws. I took the screws out and removed the transducer. 2 of the 3 holes were dry but the third had water in it, and the installer did not use any sealant on the screws or around the holes they drilled. I used a shop vac and bits of paper towel to remove as much moisture as I could from the 3rd hole, then sealed everything with 5200 and re-installed the transducer. I documented, took photos of holes without sealant, and sent to the installer but they have not responded. I am concerned that I may get transom rot in my new boat. Should I be concerned? Has anyone dealt with this before and are there any steps I can take to prevent rot in addition to what I have already done? I don't want to drop the installer's name in case they decide to make things right.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:48 PM   #2
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I would have taken it to them prior to removing and fixing. I know you said you documented, but the repair is made. Maybe they will pay to recheck your stringers and transom core for moisture.

Question? Did you let the whole air dry or did you seal right away?
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I let it air dry for about 1 hour after having the shop vac on it, then placed a rolled piece of paper towel into the hole and saw that there was very little moisture on it, then sealed everything up.
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Any moisture that you sealed up in there is a potential problem. May take 100 years though! Your good - go fishin!!
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Here's a really good read.

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All - The installer has agreed to have the transome re-surveyed and, if there is any moisture found, cut out the wet portion and reglass everything and re gel coat. I will keep you posted on the repairs.
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All - The installer has agreed to have the transome re-surveyed and, if there is any moisture found, cut out the wet portion and reglass everything and re gel coat. I will keep you posted on the repairs.
I was going to second what Trying Hard said. If you could take them off and let it dry out good before re-installing. Since they are going to check it out and make good on it, it is a moot point. Kudos to the installer for making it right.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:15 AM   #8
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I don't know if I would trust them to do anything else to the boat after what they did. See if they will pay someone else to do the work.

That was the most stupid thing I ever heard of and on a new boat..!!!!
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Post which dealer it was and tell them to check out the post on PFF. Or refund you the cost of what work was done. Don't worry about water you should have used a hair dryer on the hole to dry any small amount of water that got in.
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Post which dealer it was and tell them to check out the post on PFF. Or refund you the cost of what work was done. Don't worry about water you should have used a hair dryer on the hole to dry any small amount of water that got in.
I'd like to know who it is also. I've dealt with a company that I'm not satisfied with.
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