Proline 26 Walkaround transom project.

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My Partner Josh who is member “tamezjos” is at it again! This time he is bringing his imagination and expertise to (Matador) a 91, 26’ Proline Walkaround. Josh being the Ultimate Modern Day Fisherman, convinced me the Ultimate Old Skooler that we needed to get a WA for So Cal Fishing. We picked up the Proline in Long Beach and figured we would enjoy the boat and fish it as is for a couple of years then work on its short comings.

Well Best laid plans of mice and men took over and on the first fishing trip out we were swamped by the amount of water coming over the stern! We both knew that the transom project, would need to be done ASAP if we wanted to use this boat in So Cal. Josh having restored his own boat to concourse standards was more than ready to lead me down this path, I had no Idea What I was in for! This will be a long post so I will start from the beginning, This is what the boat looked like as we brought her home.

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The first thing we needed to do was clear the deck of the useless bait/cleaning station that was taking up all the deck space.
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Once the Deck was cleared, Skool was in session; Josh began teaching me how to fabricate nautical style! The Transom was in fairly good shape, I won’t begin to lie and say it was completely dry, but it was not soaking wet either. We contemplated many ways to address the transom, but in the end Josh felt the transom was in good enough shape that we could use the original structure as a foundation and just add the needed wood utilizing marine grade plywood to add strength and the much needed closure to the back end of Matador.

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I have done a bit of fiberglass work before, mostly repairs on glass hoods of race cars and such. However, I had no Idea what was instore for me. I am still passing fiberglass turds from all the sanding and my wounds have started to recover from the glass splinters and injuries incurred from trying to get the fiberglass smooth! And of course Josh being Josh, he could not just build up the transom and be done with it! Josh had visions of creating fish holds, storage boxes and so forth and create he did!
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So I know you are all wondering what are they going to do for bait since they got rid of the existing bait station. Well since Josh and I are of the Triple X Variety, we figured we would move the bait tank Midship to help with weight displacement, while we were at it we found a way to utilize some of the old bait station for esthetic and reasons of convenience. Stay Tuned, More to follow!

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We knew that once we closed in the transom we would not be able to hang the motor as it was. My partner did some research and we decided we would hang the motor on a bracket. Originally we were going to purchase a buoyant bracket and may still may but initially we needed to put our Cash flow in other parts of the boat. We have a good friend who is an excellent fabricator, after all our research we figured the KISS method to be the best. The bracket is fabricated utilizing 1\4 inch aluminum, we maintained the outside stainless plate and also incorporated an inner plate as well, thus sandwiching in the transom. This is really the unknown of the build.

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Nice! This demonstrates what I have always thought. "closed transom" seems to be the better fishing configuration!
closed transoms probably are safer. Everything else is opinion. I prefer notched transoms. Much easier to get a fish around the motor than with a bracket that sticks out 3 feet behind the boat. Either way it looks like clean work and I am sure they will be happy with it.
 
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After what seemed like 500 hours of sanding the glass to prep for the Gel coat it was time. This really is the money shot and brings together a whole bunch of Blood, Sweat, Tears, Anger, happiness and tons of Self Satisfaction. Again I must take my hat off to Josh who saw this from the onset.
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We finished with most of the transom exterior, Gel Coat came out bitchin, so all that was left was to hand the plates, brackets and finally the motor. All in all everything in this phase came out as expected and we just need to hook everything back up! Wish us Luck with that one!

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Very nice work!

Keep a close eye on that motor bracket. It does not look beefy enough to handle the weight and torque of that outboard.

I hope I'm wrong!
 
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I was thinking the same thing, that motor mount looks rather sketchy. Seems like you'd be better off buying a jackplate and sticking it on the end of a pre fabbed mount.

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