knotthereelworld Posted August 3, 2021 Report Share Posted August 3, 2021 '03 RF18.... Cruising around Cape Lookout, NC on Saturday and I hear a loud noise behind the boat. Look back and my transducer is flopping in the water and my trim tab is just hanging there by the piston. The welds between the tab and the bracket all broke. Looks like it was spot welded 8 times across. As far as I know they are original. The tab flipped up and knocked the transducer off and also caused some gel coat damage. We removed the tab via the three bolts and tied the piston to the poling platform for the ride home. I spent two hours yesterday repairing and clamped the tab back to the bracket edge with vice grips, then drilled 8 new holes and put the tab back on with #6 stainless steel screws and nylon lock nuts. Seemed to work fine on my short run yesterday. Will have my welder friend properly weld it back together this winter. Has anyone else had this happen??? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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