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Reinforcing transom for motor mount and ladder.

When I put my outboard down and pull it up, the transom flexes quite a bit and I noticed some spiderwebbing as well. I'd like to stiffin it from the inside but I'm not sure what material to use. Starboard? Plywood? The area is really hard to get to from the inside of the boat, so something that I could glue/epoxy up there and walk away for it to set would be great. Eventually I'd also like to mount a swim ladder back there that will need to support an adult soaking wet.

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What you should probably do is sand the transom and then epoxy plywood to it and then fiberglass over the plywood. That will stiffen it considerably. You could do this on the outside or the inside. If done on the outside, you'll need to finish it and either paint or gelcoat it.
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