In Boat School

What is a Boat Transom?

The vertical section at the rear of the boat is known as the transom.  In most modern saltwater fiberglass boats, the transom can house single or multiple outboard motors. On most newer center consoles and offshore boats transoms might include a rear door leading to a swim platform as well as a molded or bolt on setback bracket.

boat transom
Transom shapes and heights can vary considerably based on the type of vessel. Historically, the rear of a boat displays it’s name on the transom.