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outboard motor on o'day 27' - transom strength?
i recently mounted an outboard motor bracket to my 77' o'day 27' and i have an 80 lb 15 hp outboard that i am getting ready to put on it. i was kind of surprised at how thin and flimsey the transom of the boat is. i have a nice 12" x 12" wood plate on the inside of the transom where the motor mount is mounted. the mount is rated to handle at least that big of a motor.
so my question is, has anyone had any experience mounting an outboard in a similar situation? is it normal to see visible flex in the transom fiberglass when the motor is mounted? is there any risk of damaging the fiberglass of the transom? i have not heard of anything like that happening before, but the flexure of the transom is a lot more than i expected.
any insight would be greatly appreciated.