Not really looking for advice, but I have a simple question. Do you use a transom saver? I apologize if this topic has been beaten to death.
One of those things that is probably fine most of the time, but if it happens you are not going to be happy. Heavier motors bouncing around, that all wrenches on it over and over again.
If you don’t use a transom saver you risk banging your skag on the crown of the road, driveway apron or similar. Smaller boats might not encounter that issue, but if you have a larger boat that motor clearance can be fairly short. Learned that lesson the hard way. Fortunately, the old Lund survived that one.
Does anyone know anyone who's had a problem with their transom from trailering
Only transom problems I know of first hand are rot problems
Not to disagree with the “while underway” comment at all. I completely agree. However, triangulating the stress to the trailer while trailering makes sense to me. It’s essentially cutting the “transom” stress. If you are on the lake using the motor 150 hrs a yr and trailering 25 hrs a year, the transome stress is 175 hrs a year. Right? Why not be nice to the transom and hydraulics and take away that 25 hrs? I’m just saying… I agree with its design is to handle that stress. However, why not limit the stress and not ask for issues?
Wouldn't a trimmed up motor position more of the motor over the boat instead of hanging off the back end. Seems to me the whole idea of transom supports is to save the hydraulics. There is way more torque on a transom when nailing the throttle and bouncing on waves all day than trailering down the road.
I use a motor mate motor tote, it takes the strain off the trim hydraulics, my boat is an all welded aluminum boat, and I notice far less engine movement with the motor tote than I did with the motor to trailer "transom saver". Trailers flex, and all the flex is directed through the motor, the last boat I had spent 30 years with a transom saver and the trim cylinders were trashed. I searched all over before I decided on the motor tote, and could only find 1 person claiming that a tote wrecked his transom, but in his pics he had a jack plate installed, and the damage was clearly impact damage, 2000 miles so far with zero issues. Just my 2 cents.
As has been stated,the wedge type device is designed to take stress off the tilt and trim cylinder and piston, that is it’s function. It doesn’t take any motor weight off the transom and put on the trailer frame.
why would they make them if they weren't an effective way to prevent stress on your engine bracket and transom?
When I bought boat trailer,dealer included it so I figured it's reccomend. Would be interested to know what an engineer at a boat designer had to say.
Yes I use one.