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Old 01-14-2021, 10:05 AM
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I am down here in Texas as we speak looking at a 06 38 Lightening and just wanted to get some input on the transom and stringer situation on these boats. Was this particular year a problem one? I will only be here for 1 more day , any help would be greatly appreciated! Bilge is filthy and has some water in it. Doesn't look like has been very well cared for. Kinda sucks because engines/drives and hrs. are great. Boat runs and drives perfect, just needs some cleaning up!
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All boats are susceptible to that type of rot. One of my boats is is currently getting a new transom and partial stringer replacement. Not the one I thought would be rotted though. If you're concerned I have bought a pinless moisture meter from Home Depot and it did correlate good and bad readings that were consistent from a professional survey. If you find uncomfortable spots you could negotiate from there. Unless you are already buying it right.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/General-...-MM9/303124004
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I was thinking about finding a home depot and seeing if they had anything in stock. Did that meter work pretty good?
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On my way to home depot!
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It correlated pretty good. Some spots near exhaust and drain plug measured 15-21% and in the middle of the transom measured 8%. There was a discernable difference. Drill holes confirmed.

I would be looking for differences.
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Just picked one up, heading back to the boat. Thanks for the help!
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Just got done with my inspection. Turns out transom and stringers are gone! Unfortunate because I really liked the way the boat ran and handled.
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Just got done with my inspection. Turns out transom and stringers are gone! Unfortunate because I really liked the way the boat ran and handled.
unfortunate, long trip for a soggy boat, what was the owners reaction
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Is the boat “take it easy”?
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When I bought my boat that needed the transom the owner and I split the difference on the price of a transom. He deducted it from the price.
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