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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 01:58 #86586

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Thank you everyone for your comments and posts. after reading just a few short posts I feel the grain needs to be vertical. I will spin this 90° and see if I can make this piece work.

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 01:23 #86585

Mine is 24 inches at the top and 14.25 inches tall. Goes to where the river seam is. 4 pieces biscuit joined together. 1 inch thick. You want the grain vertical. Depending on what you want to do you could go fin to fin in width. I always thought twin 25’s would look cool.

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 01:05 #86584

It depends on where the through bolts hit also.

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 00:44 #86582

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FCHawkI wrote: How thick is it? Should be alright if the motor clamp doesn’t land on the seam.
I can only guess, though.. I’m using white oak, four pieces.


It's 1"thick

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 00:41 #86580

Mine is 24” at the top, 21” across the bottom

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 00:34 #86579

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I'm not sure about the Hawk but My Vagabond uses two pieces of wood with the grain going vertically. I would think you should be able to get a pretty good idea of the wood dimensions by looking at the hole pattern on your transom. The wood should not cover the serial number. I used mahogany because that is what Feather Craft used originally on my boat and once varnished it looks beautiful.

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 00:31 #86578

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I have had two pieces of outer transom wood (both oak) with grain oriented horizontally. I managed to find two pieces of wood large enough for a one-piece transom. I broke the first one when I hit a submerged piece of concrete while trolling along a shoreline. I broke the other when I hit a stump in a slough beside the TN river. Both broke along the horizontal grain, but I have a caveat: I didn't didn't want to cut any new through-holes in my transom to bolt my motor brackets on, so I drilled holes through the outer transom woodand put a couple of stainless T-nuts on the boat side of the wood, and I bolted my brackets to the T-nuts. When I ran into stuff with my motor, in both cases the wood broke along the line between the two T-nuts - which is the weakest line in the wood, but also the highest stress when I hit $%it. So make of that what you will. I am now using a two-piece transom with vertical grain and it's working great. But I haven't hit anything yet...

I'll make a second point. When I and others get their boats rigged and get around other boats, we sometimes find that we would like our boats to go a little faster. And one of the first methods to accomplish this without getting a bigger motor, is to raise the motor an inch or two on the transom, so less of the motor's foot is dragging in the water. If you look around at pictures of people's motors, you may notice that the transom wood is sometimes sticking up an inch or two above the aluminum top of the transom, to accomplish this. I went through all this AFTER rigging my boat the first time. You may want to consider getting it right the first time, before you cut your wood to size.

I believe you can find several threads on this site and elsewhere where performance vs motor height is discussed.

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 00:26 #86577

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some of the boys with Hawks can fill you in on width and height, my Ranger is 15" wide at the top, 9 1/2" wide at the bottom, and 15 3/4" in height.........whole different animal

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A Green-Horn restoration, 1958 Hawk II 12 Jul 2018 00:26 #86576

How thick is it? Should be alright if the motor clamp doesn’t land on the seam.
I can only guess, though.. I’m using white oak, four pieces.

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Okay I understand now about the grain direction, for added strength.so if I spin it 90 my glue joint will be right next to my motor bracket. I will have to do some thinking on what to do. I really didn't want to buy any wood.
How wide should the transom plate be? My clamps are about 7-1/2" apart.

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