I have a late 70's, lowe, 17" bass boat with a rotten transom and cracks on both sides of where the 45hp outboard was. There is bracing running lengthwise with the boat that attaches to bracing running the width of the boat, about a foot in front of the transom. All bracing welds are cracked and was wondering if this is a problem for a professionial to tackle. The folks I bought the boat off of said it would cost $500 for someone to fix. After getting the boat home, I took it off the trailer and walked down the toungue and the trailer bent in half. Upon moving the boat I managed to pull the front hook(what looks to be a truck bed tie-down hook) out of the front of the boat. The trailer has been totally rebuilt and am now starting on the boat itself.I wouldn't mind just fixing the front hook problem and using the boat for a while with just a trolling motor being as I have two deep cycle marine batteries sitting around here anyways. Then fixing the transom once I have the money or a bunch of time to spare. My welding experience is limited to steel and I don't have the time neccessary to learn to weld alum. All thoughts welcome.