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Have 1988 16ft mirrorcraft fishing boat, the wood in the transom

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have 1988 16ft mirrorcraft fishing boat, the wood in the transom is rotting away, is there a fix for this? It has a 60hp mercury outboard, and I'm afraid it's going to rip the transom off of the boat, in which case the boat will sink in the middle of a lake. Retired, fixed income, so there is no money to have someone fix it.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 2 years ago.
Welcome,this question may need more than a single answer. Please post back with additional questions on this at any time.
This can be a difficult job. I would recommend having someone with experience do the job.
You need to remove the engine, yes just 4 nuts and bolts. An engine hoist will help, I wouldn't recommend trying to manhandle the engine.
Next remove the transom cap and corner supports. The transom is now exposed. Measure the thickness of the transom. If 1 1/2" then 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood and if 1 1/4" thick a piece of 3/4" and a piece of 1/2" will be needed. Take out the old wood removing any through bolts. Use the old wood as a template.
I recommend using pressure treated plywood, however let it dry before using it.
Replacement is a reverse of disassembly. Use stainless steel fasteners instead of rivets.
As I said not an easy job.
If you have a specific question or problem I'll be glad to answer. Hard to throughly answer since I don't know your capabilities or tools.