Screw hole repairs in transom

Hi fellas, looking a bit of info and guidance as to what is the best way to repair screw holes in the transom of my boat? Also does anyone know where I could get a thick piece of plastic or something that I can sikaflex over the top so I don't need to put any more holes in my boat for transducer adjustments? Cheers in advance 

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I have just filled a heap in

Mon, 2018-10-29 07:19

I have just filled a heap in the back of my boat. Drilled it out slightly with the next size bit, then drilled around 5-9mm into the face with a 10mm bit then filled up the hole into the hull with sikaflex then topped it off with bog. Sand and re-apply flow coat.

I am doing a major job on my boat so there may be better ways but that's what I am doing

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sika will end up leaking -

Mon, 2018-10-29 08:16

sika will end up leaking - ideally you should use epoxy resin-

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Hence filling the 10mm hole

Mon, 2018-10-29 12:01

Hence filling the 10mm hole with bog prior to flow coat.

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 To flood weld the hole, sand

Mon, 2018-10-29 10:02

 To flood weld the hole, sand and paint would be best.


What you can do is drill, tap and fit a grub screw with sealer. If your transom is at least 5mm it shouldn’t be problem to tap thread into it. 

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Mon, 2018-10-29 12:09

Drill out the hole with a countersink bit , fill with epoxy thickened with micro balloons. Let dry sand back , skim coat with more epoxy if needed . Prime and sand then add two coats of topcoat colour. Swompa do yourself a favour and drill out the sika and start again !!! . It will bite you in the bum sooner or later 


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Cutting boards

Mon, 2018-10-29 13:16

Jadeo, am pretty sure I have seen those thick white plastic kitchen cutting boards on trailer boats used for transducer mounts.

I couldn't comment on their suitability but am sure others could. 

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Cheers lads

Mon, 2018-10-29 13:37

 Went to my local Chandleryshop in the Mandurah mariner and got a product called Epifill. Got a good size off cut of thick plastic from Cut Out Plastics. Got home and took out the screws from the previous owner and f$&@ me a little bit of water came of the bottom ones. Thankfully it would not have been anymore than than about 30mls. Glad I decided to it bit the bullet and do it properly. Some people just have no bloody clue at all.