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    Bass Tracker Transom Replacement

    My neighbor has a 1990 Bass Tracker 17' aluminum boat and the wood in the transom is bad. It looks like you can unbolt everything without too much trouble but I can't tell how the transom wood could be removed and replaced. Anyone ever do this?


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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (perfect-storm)

    get a piece of light guage rebar put a hook in the end and it sould scoop out...eventually. A buddy can grap the pieces as you bring them out. How are you going to remove the transom cap?

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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (bardern)

    Not sure. It looks like once everything is unbolted, it's all gonna stay in place. I'm not sure how to get new wood back in there. Do you have to cut off the top strip of aluminum?

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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (perfect-storm)

    good question. on glass boat you use a sawsall and cut off the top of the cap but on aluminum I am not so sure. Might have to be welded back on? Do you or a buddy weld aluminum?

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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (bardern)

    That transom is probably fabricated and shaped prior to welding into place, it might be that youd have to remove the entire rear of the boat to effect a proper repair then have it Tig welded back in place. Lot of work.

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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (Garfish)

    Here is the boat that we are restoring. 1974 Lund 15 foot fish n ski. Our transom is still good, but I will show what has to come off to replace it. This pic was taken before we got the boat.
    All one would have to do is remove the two transom corner caps, and remove the little piece that goes over the transom. Drill out the rivits, and then replace with new when reinstalling. Once those caps are off, you will have to get creative to get the rotted wood out. Cut out a new piece from marine plywood. Make sure to drill holes for drainplugs and all. Drop the wood in - if you cut it well, there is no need to fasten it, as there is no room for movement. Replace the top cap and corner caps, place fittings for drain holes and all, and seal them with marine 5200. Now you are done.


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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (bassboy1)

    The only problem is that there is no riveted on cap on the transom. The corner braces could be removed by drilling out rivets but the transom top is one piece. Cutting it and re-welding is an option but this could catch the new wood on fire I called the manufacturer and Tracker advised that it could be cut and re welded if a slight gap is left where the welding takes place.

    This is my next door neighbors duck hunting boat. It's been on the water about 4 times in the last 4 years. It's a TX17 but it was painted camo, which is now peeling off heavily as he didn't prep the boat well. It has worked fine and has no leaks but only has a 25 Johnson so I guess the transom wood doesn't matter that much. He wants it out of his yard and has now offered it to me or a friend for $1000. It runs well but needs a bigger motor IMHO. The wood's gotta be replaced if it's going to handle a 50 or 60. Decks are all very solid. I'm not sure if I want the project. Although it would be a good recon/shallow water boat. Maybe re-do the interior with non-skid and use it for snook. I don't know, I figured a glass boat would be better for use in salt. Anyone use an aluminum in salt water?
    I remain undecided.


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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (perfect-storm)

    I'd have to think long and hard before giving a grand for a tin boat with a rotten transom. I see that type of boat out here with boat motor and trailer for that kind of price range and they have solid transoms!


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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (kf4pfw)

    I've never seen one that cheap here (at least not a 17') but I'm probably going to wait and find an old fiberglass skiff or flats boat.

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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (perfect-storm)

    For a thousand dollars, grab it. The transom CAN be repaired. You have to cut the corners where it's welded unless it's riveted where you can drill out the rivets. The wood slides out and can be replaced with two 3/4" pieces bonded together and fiberglassed for long lasting fix. Weld the cap back on and you're good to go. OR . . . you do like I just did and have it repaired professionally. It cost me $600.00 and that's with filling all the old holes in the aluminum and putting it all back together.

    Sixteen hundred for a 17' boat down here is a steal. Let me know if you decide not to buy it. I'd like to have it.

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    Re: Bass Tracker Transom Replacement (wannagofishin)

    Just overlay the old transom with a new 1/4 inch thick transom plate, bolt it together with 5200 and run like the dickens till the ducks quit flying! It can be formed out of a single sheet that would wrap around the entire present transom.

    Or you could spend the summer opening it up and replacing the wood inside and such and only spend another grand on a one grand boat.


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