Transom mod/repower update

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Went ahead and rebuilt the transom on my 1988 24 offshore. I cut the floor out as most do to get easier access to the wooden core and rear stringers which were also replaced.

I used 3 layers of 3/4” mirante and west systems epoxy. The rear stringers I doubled up on 3/4” mirante making them 1 1/2”s thick. I closed in the transom sides 8”s port and starboard and raised the overall height 5”s. Tied everything together, glassed the floor back in and repainted the boat with awlgrip.

Ended up selling my 225 etec end of last year and repowered with a new Yamaha 300. Still have some wet sanding to do, touch ups, and rigging.
 

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That looks really nice, Jason. Edges look good - nice radius. How'd you like working with the Awlgrip? I've shied away from that in the past... but that's primarily because of the price! :) I do know it's a fantastic product, but have never used it.
 
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That looks really nice, Jason. Edges look good - nice radius. How'd you like working with the Awlgrip? I've shied away from that in the past... but that's primarily because of the price! :) I do know it's a fantastic product, but have never used it.
That’s mostly what we use where I work. Awlcraft 2000. I like it a lot because you can walk away from it the way it comes right out of the gun. It will come out even better by sanding with 1500, 2000 and then a 2 step polish but it’s not always necessary ( if you’re spraying a cockpit, floor, etc) if you we’re doing hull sides then I would say to sand and polish to get that extra shine.

Touch ups are very simple because the colors come right out of a can (although they can rarely still be off) rather then trying to match gel coat. The awlcraft does not fade at least from what I’ve seen.

I think gel coat is more forgiving as far as fairing goes. It’s thicker and will fill more blemishes and pin holes where paint you see every little pin hole and blemish that you miss. The gelcoat is also more durable as far as scuffing and scratching etc.

Out of the 2 I prefer paint just because once it’s done the one time it’s less upkeep. You don’t need to polish every season like you do gelcoat. Just a good wash and once in awhile some wax.
 
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I agree, it is a very professional looking result. I was close to doing my transom but after pulling the motor and looking things over I have decided to wait until I repower next year.