You may be wondering what a transom looks like when it begins to fail. I know I didn’t know what it looked like. I didn’t know my transom was failing. This boat is a 2016 Alumacraft 1436 LT (light version). I bought the boat new and got the warranty with it. The transom metal was separating away from the wood on the inside, bubbling away from the wood. I could put my fingers above the drain hole inside my boat, where you put the plug, and fit my fingers in between the wood and the metal. I sent Alumacraft some pictures and asked them why my transom looked the way it did. They said it was failing, and I said great because its not even two years old yet so I still have a warranty…. or so I thought.
After having a long email discussion with Alumacraft, I received this email, “In making a modification to the boat that has compromised the structural integrity of the boat, and by installing a motor on the boat, that the boat was not designed or intended to have installed on it, yes you are voiding the warranty.” So I no longer have a warranty on my boat that is less than two years old, because Alumacraft says I modified my boat by installing a mud motor on it…? Alright, no more support for you Alumacraft. Sooo… plan B?