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Are boat stringers structural?

Are boat stringers structural?

Remember, stringers are structural support members. As you repair or replace damaged material, use your best workmanship.

How do I know if my transom is bad?

Typically you will see the transom flexing under power, or flexing when applying pressure to the outboard (by hand). You may also see large stress cracks in the corners where the transom meets the sidewalls. For fiberglass you could take a core sample using a hole saw to see if the inner wood is wet and/or rotted.

What is the purpose of boat stringers?

Boat stringers are wooden lengths typically found in older boats or pre-fabricated fiberglass molds in newer vessels. They are designed in a lattice or grid system to create a supporting structure underneath a boat deck. Stringers are similar to how joists would hold up the floorboards in a house.

How do you know if your boat is rotting?

On inboard and sterndrive boats, where transom flex is not as prevalent, a core sample can be taken from the inside of the transom to check for moisture or rot. Deck and stringer system problems go hand in hand. Soft spots on the deck are a sign of rotted and delaminated core materials.

How do you fix a rotten Stringer?

To replace your stringers, follow this simple seven-step method:

  1. Prepare the surfaces. All surfaces should be clean, dry and sanded.
  2. Mark the area.
  3. Remove the damaged stringer.
  4. Make the core.
  5. Sand the surfaces.
  6. Bond the core.
  7. Finishing.

Does Sea Ray use wood stringers?

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Sea Ray 270 Sundancer. The cruiser models are fabricated using marine grade wood for the stringer and transom assembly, which is sealed with fiberglass and resin. With normal care, this area is well protected by the full fiberglass deck / cockpit liner.

How do you check for rot in a fiberglass boat?

Bad rot will lead to totally deteriorated wood and a lot of flex in the transom when the outdrive unit is under load. If you’re not experiencing that, then your transom overall is probably okay. You can probe with a piece of stiff wire around the screw holes and see if there is any severe softness.

How can I tell if my boat stringers are damaged?

Old boats should be inspected for damaged boat stringers. Inspect your boat regularly and check to see for any holes that have not been sealed. This could mean water is getting in and this will eventually rot the stringers. You might notice that the deck begins to feel less secure, a sure sign there is something wrong.

What are boat stringers?

Boat stringers are the lengths of wood under the boat deck that support it, much as joists would support the floor in your home.

What to do with a wood stringer that has rotted?

For small areas of rot, dry and inject epoxy. While this is a common method of wood stringer repair, it is not nearly as effective as replacing the damaged area with wood. Without removing the skin from the wood, it is often difficult to determine the extent of the rot.

What’s the difference between boat stringers and joists?

To ensure our content is always up-to-date with current information, best practices, and professional advice, articles are routinely reviewed by industry experts with years of hands-on experience. Boat stringers are the lengths of wood under the boat deck that support it, much as joists would support the floor in your home.