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  • Transom Hole ID

    Hi,
    My dad and I got our first boat (1979 Sea Ray). We really don't know much about it, hopefully you guys can help me out.

    Can you guys help me ID what these holes in the transom are for? I know one we got a plug for, but what's it for? And the other we have no idea... Thanks

    http://i879.photobucket.com/albums/a...00424-1149.jpg


    Last edited by Bob_VT; April 28th, 2010, 07:58 PM. Reason: Image codes removed pictures too large for forum resize to 640x480 to re-post


  • #2
    Re: Transom Hole ID

    Right: bilge drain (that's where the plug goes)
    Left: possibly livewell/aerator pump (you could put a screen on that one)

    1991 Boston Whaler Outrage 17 I
    2005 Evinrude E-Tec 90hp

    Fishing isn't a matter of life and death.... It's much more important.

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    • #3
      Re: Transom Hole ID

      Edit: didnt see the pic very good

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      • #4
        Re: Transom Hole ID

        Whatever its function, such as an intake for a live well (hence the screen recommendation above), it appears to be missing a fitting, which would work towards the destruction of the transom/hull/material. Water should not be getting to the wood structure... although it appears it has.

        I sure hope it isn't missing a fitting, and if it is... I sure hope it wasn't used much without one. That could have been the death sentence for that transom.

        I wonder if the transom is wet/rotting....
        Checkmate 2400BRX/Optimax 300xs
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        Alumacraft 17 w/ Merc 40 4S

        Date an I/O, but marry an outboard!

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        • #5
          Re: Transom Hole ID

          Originally posted by Philster View Post
          Whatever its function, such as an intake for a live well (hence the screen recommendation above), it appears to be missing a fitting, which would work towards the destruction of the transom/hull/material. Water should not be getting to the wood structure... although it appears it has.

          I sure hope it isn't missing a fitting, and if it is... I sure hope it wasn't used much without one. That could have been the death sentence for that transom.

          I wonder if the transom is wet/rotting....
          He's right!

          Anyway, the only sure way to know will be to crawl inside the bilge. Sometimes it could be a hell of a tight fit there, and messy too. Bring a mag-lite and wear your older shirt!

          1991 Boston Whaler Outrage 17 I
          2005 Evinrude E-Tec 90hp

          Fishing isn't a matter of life and death.... It's much more important.

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          • #6
            Re: Transom Hole ID

            This forum and you guys are awesome... I'll go take a look and crawl down there...

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            • #7
              Re: Transom Hole ID

              Peeking into the bilge is nice, but you need to inspect the actual hole and structure around the hole, because it's right there where you are looking for what appears to be trouble. Poke at the hole/area and see if she is wet and rotting.

              You might want to press into the structure/hole with a small screw driver. It might be deteriorating, and someone else would have to chime in to advise you as to how bad it is (and how to tell) if it's a death sentence for the transom or something else.

              Crawling down into the bilge might help you see where this hole goes, but without a fitting on that hole, it probably doesn't connect to anything (since it can't).

              Inspect the hole. You can accomplish that outside the boat. Inspect; poke around; report back on findings.

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              Checkmate 2400BRX/Optimax 300xs
              .
              Alumacraft 17 w/ Merc 40 4S

              Date an I/O, but marry an outboard!

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              • #8
                Re: Transom Hole ID

                I will inspect and report, just got this boat.

                It's a sea ray, now I just gotta figure out how to get down there... hahah

                Thanks

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                • #9
                  Re: Transom Hole ID

                  How to get down there:
                  • Locate yourself outside of boat
                  • Stand at back of boat.
                  • Face stern/transom of boat.
                  • Kneel down.
                  • Tilt head at approximately a 45-degree downward angle.
                  • Pan your head back and forth until two openings in the bottom of the transom are located.
                  • Focus on opening that is left of center.
                  Proceed to poke in and around with device such as:
                  • Finger
                  • Wire
                  • Screwdriver
                  • Butter Knife

                  You don't need to get in the boat................. yet.

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                  Checkmate 2400BRX/Optimax 300xs
                  .
                  Alumacraft 17 w/ Merc 40 4S

                  Date an I/O, but marry an outboard!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Transom Hole ID

                    I don't mean to highjack your thread but I have the same exact setup on a 1998 Tahoe Q5 I just bought. Before I launch it I wanted to find out the same thing. I do not have a livewell, are there any other ideas on what it could be for. thanks.

                    1998 Tracker Tahoe Q5
                    19 ft. V8 Mercruiser

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                    • #11
                      Re: Transom Hole ID

                      SCARY! You put your plug in the bilge hole before you launch your boat. When you pull the boat out you can drain the bilge water by removing the plug. As for the other hole alot of times, yes it's for a live well or washdown water intake. Is it open to the bilge on the inside? Hopefully, as Plil said the woods not rotten between the fiberglass skins(core). If the woods ok you need to get a transom thru hull fitting like the other hole has and a plug.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Transom Hole ID

                        Okay, I felt around in there and the hull seems solid, nothing was rotting or falling apart. whew. Looks like I need to pickup a thru hull fitting or connect a livewell to it before I put it in the water. Kinda weird that there's nothing there though. Thanks

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                        • #13
                          Re: Transom Hole ID

                          If you are not going to use that hole..... get a wooden dowel the same size and pound it in the hole....... countersink the dowel by about a 1/8" and then use epoxy or 3m 5200 on the outside to seal it up. You want to stop the water intrusion there
                          This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
                          Please, shop iboats first!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Transom Hole ID

                            Will do! Thanks for the great info guys! It looks rotted, because a half *** paint job... man, I'll post a picture of the paint job later... it has dolphins on it hahah... it's my first boat, can't wait to get it in the water

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