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Do I have a major transom issue? #12820603
07/08/18 09:35 PM
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UPDATE 07/17/2018******** After leaving the Legend at Classic Fiberglass for a week, they finally have started looking into the issue. It isn't resolved yet, and no official word form them on whether they are backing their work done in April 2018.


I recently purchased a 2005 Legend LE21, I've had it about 3 weeks and have had it out only a few times. When covering it yesterday I noticed this gap between what I assume to be the top cap and the transom. The previous owner had the top cap worked on, as well as the transom at Classic Fiberglass in February this year. I didn't get a full explanation of the work on the transom but was told that the work was guaranteed and the transom was solid for life with a transferrable warranty. I was satisfied with that and when my mechanic checked the boat he didn't say anything other than, its a good boat, you should buy it. Ok so I did. And now I notice this. Is this normal? Is it just that somehow the top cap is detached from the transom, or is this the sign of a failure somehow? I am a new boat owner when it comes to fiberglass, and although I don't LIKE the look of this, I'm hoping to hear that this type of "flex" is normal.
Can anyone help?

I am planning to take the boat to Classic Fiberglass tomorrow no matter what, but I can't sleep not knowing what this is. Thanks.

A video of my transom issue. I posted a video here

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Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12820671
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I just watched your video and that is not normal, you need repair work done before launching again. Sorry this happened to you, but maybe shop will stand behind their work.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: Woods & Water] #12820708
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Definitely not right. Need to have it repaired before you launch it again.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12820767
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You have a major transom issue. You need a good fiberglass man that specializes in boat repairs to take a look & tell you what's going on. It could get expensive really fast for a good repair . Good luck

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Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12820783
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You get any records/paperwork regarding the work that was done and the warranty associated with it? Worried that you may show up there tomorrow and they tell you they’ve never even seen that boat. Given the condition of that transom, very hard to believe any work has ever been done on it. Best of luck to you.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: PlanoPaul] #12820907
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Originally Posted By: PlanoPaul
You get any records/paperwork regarding the work that was done and the warranty associated with it? Worried that you may show up there tomorrow and they tell you they’ve never even seen that boat. Given the condition of that transom, very hard to believe any work has ever been done on it. Best of luck to you.


Sadly this^ frown

I hope it looked a lot better than that when you bought it?


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Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12820914
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if the boat looked like it does in the video when you had your boat guy inspect it an he said it was good you need to find another boat guy.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12820957
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Thanks to all that replied. I do have a paid invoice from the repair shop with a warranty.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12820992
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Do NOT run that boat again until you have it fixed! That is bad, real bad. Like, your motor can fall off while driving down the lake bad. Or worse, your motor could end up in the seat next to you.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12821027
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Holy Cow!!!! Not good at all. Classic Fiberglass worked on that Top cap & transom in February of this year???? Wow..
oh yeah, get a new mechanic!!!! ASAP!!


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Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12821176
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Please let us know if Classic Fiberglass really did do work on this boat so we know where NOT to take our boats for repairs....

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12821596
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Update: the transom and top cap were worked by classic in APRIL. Just left there and they are making the repairs now. I was relieved to know they honor their work but pretty disappointed in their work manahip. Hopefully they make it right. I’ll keep this post up to date. 2 week lead time.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12821626
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I hope you didn't pay very much for that boat. I would ask your mechanic to come by the house, then show him the transom .... ask him to get real close and look hard, then hit him in the back of the head smashing his face into the the transom and ask him if he sees anything wrong with it.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: Huckleberry] #12821842
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In all fairness, it did NOT look like this when I got it. When I talked to Classic repair guy today, he explained that they adhere the top cap onto the transom expecting that the knee braces and fiberglass will do their job and there should not be much stress on the joint between the top cap and the actual transom. So when the transom knee brace failed, it caused all of the cosmetic dressings to come apart. Which, I'm actually thankful that it "looked bad" before it actually blew up and the motor dropped in the lake.

Re: Do I have a major transom issue? [Re: csmithag95] #12822036
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Was the whole transom replaced?

The knee braces failed because there is WAY to much flex in that transom. Knee braces help support the transom and transfer the energy of the motor to the rest of the boat only in ONE direction, FORWARD.

There should be almost no flex in the transom, even if there were no knee braces. Looks like a bad transom or bad transom tie-in with the hull of the boat (not enough fiberglass).

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