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Noticed after the roundup that I had transom problems. It was cracked and moving.. not good. Talked to Wacker and he was kind enough to offer his help and barn to do the job. I took last friday off and headed to Ingleside, unloaded the majority of stuff off of the boat and headed to Seguin. We made quick work of de-rigging motors etc.. and at first glance thought we would be doing a repair. Saturdaymorning. we start poking, prodding, cutting and tearing.. we Then realized that there was maybe 3square inches of wood that was not sopping wet or rotten on the entire transom... Plan change ......The motors and bracket are coming off. This could have been a commercial for 3-M 5200. We pull the motors without issue and hook the chain hoist onto the bracket.. (after removing all mounting bolts) This thing won't budge.. After an hour we finally get a small prybar behind it and then a cold chisel, and then after pounding on a 6' prybar with a sledge hammer, it is still picking up the boat off of the trailer without moving. We get another 6' prybar on the other side and the 5200 finally releases the death grip on the bracket and it comes off. Now the fun part. we get to the task of cutting and grinding.
I am the fourth owner of this grady, so there is no telling what all was done over the years. We get through tearing all of the deck(that was not attached to the stern anyhow), glass, and wood. there was 1 sheet of 1/4in wolmanized plywood against the stern, then they layed in 2 sheets of 3/4in and finish nailed it all together then glassed it in... I forgot to add. each side was 1.5-2inches short of either corner and the void had epoxy poured into them. When we hit the corners with a grinder, water just poured out of both sides.. not good. We cut the stringers out of the way and ground all of the 1/4 down to clean fiberglass... Now we get to start laying it up..
Since the boat was originally designed for the OMC Sea-drives, we are going to add some braces to the transom and tie them all together... If the transom goes now it will take the boat with it. Here are some pics..
Wacker will get one more of the clean glass on the inside. . I will post it when I get it. I will keep yall up on the progress.......
 

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pics---- finally got that transom bracket off.

lots of rottenwood... Once we got all of the broken parts out, the outside shell of glass came back to the original shape. so With 4sheets of 3/4in and 2sheets of 1/2 in marine grade plywood,and 10 gals of resin. we will begin to lay this transom back in the way it was supposed to be... WE were thinking that maybe it was a Friday boat and hopeful that Grady has gotten better with their QC.
 

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Geez Bret, that's a major job. If you were doing it down here I'd give you a day or two of labor to help out with that thing. On the bright side, it will be one of the better Grady's on the gulf when done. regards, Bill
 

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sqwaby said:
The stern will probably float a little higher now.
LOL . yeah.. especially after I drained about 50 gals of seawater out of the bracket.....
 

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Redfishr said:
Thats a heart breaker,
I thought grady whites didnt do that...good luck.......
Actually GWs are pretty notorius for that in some year models.
 

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If you need any advice on glass work, I'm an ex-shrimper!
 

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Thanks,

Yeah, I was very disappointed with the QC on that transom. it was pretty pitiful if you ask me. It amazes me that they cut so may corners on the most important part of the boat..It also amazes me that it lasted for 22yrs on the gulf....before letting go...
 

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Snagged said:
One heck of a lot of work Bret.
Are you putting in the new live wells?
Wacker did lots of the labor. He's like the energizer bunny... the heat kicked my tail. pretty bad.......We are still kicking it around..(livewell) We are going to build a box and raise the batteries,trim tab pump, and move the location of the fuel tank valves. We might put a livewell on the bracket... if it would fit...

Here are some pics of the inside after all of the grinding.. I still have about 5-10 mins of grinding and then some cleanup. before we start laying up the 1/2 in ply..

Thanks for the pics Jim...
 

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Snaged, I say all he needs is a pair of holes in the bracket and its instant livewell. It was full of water anyway:D


Bret you shouldn't of told everone that I helped you grind out fiberglass in 98 deg. heat, they are going to think we are dating :redface:
 

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Snaged, I say all he needs is a pair of holes in the bracket and its instant livewell. It was full of water anyway:D

Bret you shouldn't of told everone that I helped you grind out fiberglass in 98 deg. heat, they are going to think we are dating :redface:
LMAO!

I don't remember a drain in that bracket.
 

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wanna buy a new bracket with a swim platform? it is fully enclosed....d&d marine bracket for twins up to 600 hp. :) 14 degree transom angle if I remember right........all mounting hardware included for 1500......
 

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Argo said:
wanna buy a new bracket with a swim platform? it is fully enclosed....d&d marine bracket for twins up to 600 hp. :) 14 degree transom angle if I remember right........all mounting hardware included for 1500......
Man, I just sent mine to be blasted and re powdercoated.. but thanks for the offer ....
 

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Dang it Brett...If ya would of asked.. I wouldve had AD take care of this on a MMA discount card..:)
I had a job like this once...I looked @ it & Called AD's awesome glass & let him deal with it..Thats too much like work in 100 degree wheather..OMG
lookin good..

Oxx..
 

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I feel for you bro. Did the same job on a 25 Sailfish, only boat I've ever seen with a colony of termites. Are you going to add knees to tie transom to the stringers?

Chuck
 
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