Water Isn’t Always A Good Thing! Wet Transom?
Shogren Performance Marine Can Help!
Having a wet transom is not the ideal situation for any boater, but the reality is over time it can happen. Many things can contribute to a transom becoming ‘WET’:
Improperly sealed when new
Improperly sealed when parts are removed/ replaced for service
Not using the correct sealant / sealer
Leaving in the water for long periods of time
These are just some of the examples of how a transom may become ‘WET’ from the outside in. A transom can also become ‘WET’ from the inside out. If a bilge is not finished properly from the factory, or has cracks / voids, this is a prime point for water entry. A small crack in the bilge can result in a ‘WET’ transom and stringers over time.
Here is a ‘WET’ transom on a customer’s Cigarette. The transom was noticed to be ‘WET’ while removing the mufflers to install new straight pipe tips. As you can see in the pictures, not only is the transom ‘WET’, it’s also rotted and has sections missing. The point of entry on this particular vessel was the exhaust thru hull. Two factors contributed to the damage:
The mufflers were never properly sealed when installed
When the drives are trimmed fully up, they hit the muffler and actually push the muffler housing and created a gap in the exhaust thru hull
Without removing a muffler, this damage would have gone a long time before being discovered. The transom itself is rotted, but has dried out over time.
This particular customer has requested for us to:
- Pull the engines
- Strip and De-Rig the entire bilge
- Remove / Replace Transom
- Recoat Bilge – Imron White
- Re – Rig Bilge to Factory Specs
- Clean corrosion off engine fittings / surfaces
- Repaint Engines – Mercury Black / Mercury Blue
- Install New Couplers
- Blast / Powder Coat – Transom Assembly & Gimbal Housings
- Reinstall Power