Boats Transoms and Transom Sterned Ships
In small boats and pleasure craft, the transom can be used for several purposes; one use of the transom is to mount and fix the outboard engine, the outboard engine control cables, fuel lines and electrical wiring passing through the transom. The power/torque of the outboard engine is transmitted through the fixing bolts to the transom, and into the main structure; therefore the transom has to be structurally sound and fit for the purpose.
Transoms are also used on pleasure craft to attach boarding/swim steps. These can be fixed, but are normally portable, being removed when underway.
On fishing trawlers the transom is designed so its lower edge is just above the waterline. This is known as a transom sterned trawler and its purpose is to facilitate the hauling in of the nets over the transom.
- Royal Naval/Marine Warships and Merchant Ships
Significant financial savings can be made when designing a merchant or warship with a transom stern. These ships are known as Transom Sterned Vessels. The savings can be made in the reduction of steel plate and manpower during the construction phase of the ships.
There is also the added advantage of a extra deck space in the form of a large horizontal lay- down area at the stern of the ship. The ships name and registration port is normally painted on the transom of larger vessels.
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2. Banistermarine: Transoms Explained
3. Wikimdiacommons: Transom Images
4. answerbag: Forum Discussions on Transoms
5. shipsnostalgia: Forum Transom Discussion