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transom conversion

Post by F.I. Sherman » 25 Oct 2008, 22:43

I'm looking to convert a 21' bass tracker deck boat from i/o to an outboard
how difficult would be to convert the transom? :?:

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Re: transom conversion

Post by ben2go » 26 Oct 2008, 01:05

Post a pic of the back.Some are as simple as adding an outboard bracket.Others require strengthening and bracing.If I remember correctly, most higher HP outboards take 2.5 inch or thicker transom.

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Re: transom conversion

Post by Captain Ahab » 26 Oct 2008, 03:34

Welcome abaord - you have a 21' Tracker with an I/O?


Why do you want to convert it? What size outboard do you have and want to hang on that back?
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Re: transom conversion

Post by Waterwings » 26 Oct 2008, 09:57

Welcome Aboard! 8)
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Re: transom conversion

Post by F.I. Sherman » 26 Oct 2008, 10:06

It is a deck boat I'm thinking of buying and converting to a large bass boat. I plan on using a 200 hp or bigger outboard.
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Re: transom conversion

Post by Waterwings » 26 Oct 2008, 10:29

Why do you want to convert it? Fuel economy?
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Re: transom conversion

Post by F.I. Sherman » 26 Oct 2008, 10:40

the engine has been sold out of this rig as it is a salvage. interior is destroyed hull is in great shape. I have access to a 200 hp merc so Im
considering the conversion. plus I could use the space for storage, rear deck etc.

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Re: transom conversion

Post by bassboy1 » 26 Oct 2008, 19:36

If I remember correctly, that boat comes with an outboard option as well. I don't know how Tracker does it, but some boats that have both options will have a hull and transom that is very similar for both motors, to cut down on production costs. If that is the case, you will need some modifying, but it shan't be too hard. Now, if it isn't you will have lots of designing and fabricating work to do, but it is still doable. Not cost effective, but nevertheless doable. I have seen this very same thing done a few times on other boat restoration boards, and it never is cost effective, and a whole bunch of people will say you can't do it.

Really, I don't think any of us on this board, with the possible exception of Kevin Morin, would be qualified to redesign that transom. And, he would need more pictures of the guts of the boat to figure that one out. Maybe an email to Tracker is in order, but I can almost guarantee they will not want to be involved in something like that.

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Re: transom conversion

Post by ben2go » 26 Oct 2008, 19:54

Re-enforce the transom and use one of these. http://www.bigmouthboatsupply.com/3428960.html Don't for get to weld or fill the holes.

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