Is there a reason not to use solid lumber, say sapele, for the transom rather than marine ply? Thanks
Looks beautiful, Mike. What did you use for the stem?
Forgot to say thank you :) Its not all that but it does have a little more character than just plywood. David Witton did a real beauty if you look through his build thread
I would use a hardwood. I have used plywood but only due to financial reasons. You can easily build a transom out of lifts then glue them together using tongue and grove or grove and spline. Use a good epoxy and filler.
You can look at a lay up here.
Thanks everybody. Think I will try a glue1up.
That layup link didnt work for me. Many years ago I made a 10" square for a small longshaft outboard motor to bolt onto the transom (someone stole my short shaft) out of 2-3/4" pcs of plywood. I used to troll alot in Lk St. Clair. It lasted a few years and one day trolling it snapped and I almost lost the outboard.
Then I made the same size out of oak pcs joined, 2 layers of 3/4" and used it alot for 5 yrs or so. Its been on the boat now for 20+ yrs, it has has been just sitting though for the last 15 and its splitting up now. I guess the point is, any wood is pretty tough but nothing will last forever ;)