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Old 22 November 2010, 20:01   #1
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Engine on the move!

Heading to pick up the new boat this week( finally..and just intime for the good weather!!) .. Anyway.. I've a 300 mile drive with it and I'm wondering what the best way is to position the main engine? On the last boat I had I put a piece of 4 by 4 wood on the engine bracket and then tilted it down onto the wood.. The kept it secure but also kept the engine tilted out slightly keeping the Skeg up off the road for travelling! Any other ideas or would this be the preferred method??
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Old 23 November 2010, 02:33   #2
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thats good a block of wood, that is how i used to transport customers obms and i never had any damage or problems.there are some commercial bits of plastic that keep obms tilted up for transporting i have found a big block of wood is betterPlease dont tilt all the way up and use the safety clip to hold up the leg or use the hydraulics you could cause some damage.
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Old 23 November 2010, 04:20   #3
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The book for the Etec says to use the trailering bracket and that is all I ever did on my old Johnson with no problems.

Having said that, the bracket is not that substantial and I'd also thought about carving a block of wood to sit in the saddle and then ratchet strap the engine down to stop any bounce, though with the current trailer I'm more worried about the hull than the engine and it won't be going anywhere till that is sorted out!
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If my memory serves me ( and that is doubtful nowadays!!) Nasher had a special tooled piece of kit for that purpose , why not PM him.
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Several different methods around:

1) Block of wood between the motor and bracket, as has been mentioned.

2) "Transom Saver" type spring loaded rod that cradles the lower unit and attaches to either the trailer frame or other solid point

3) M-Y wedge type that slips over the tilt rams and blocks the motor up

4) Conglomeration of ratchet tie-downs and bungees to tie the motor into whatever position is desired.

Lots of dissention on whether they do anything or not, too.

Personally, I use option 2 (though the device usually lasts less than three years, and has to be replaced periodically. Might have a friend build me one out more robust material next time.) It keeps the motor roughly straight-on, keeps the LU up away from the road, and stops the yo-yoing that happens on rough roads (which, strangely, we have a lot of in California.)

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If my memory serves me ( and that is doubtful nowadays!!) Nasher had a special tooled piece of kit for that purpose , why not PM him.
I'll post some pics later when I'm at home

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Post No.6 here has the images, and the whole thread is worth a read.

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Thanks for the relies guys.. I think I'll stick with the wood anyway.. I've used it on the last 2 boats without any major hitch.. So fingers crossed !! Had a bad experience with my firs boat about 15 years ago when I picked it up and towed it home I left the engine right up on the catch.. It was a 135 hp Johnson and when ingot home one side of the bracket had snapped and the other side was just about swinging in the breeze!!
Nasher that bracket you set up looks great.. I must rig up something like it unless you've got a copyright on it!! 
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Having said that, the bracket is not that substantial
WHAT, you're avin a larf It's as solid as owt. Not that daft plastic wedge thingy, the double cast legs that spring down & wedge against the transom bracket, rock solid
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don't tilt all the way up and use the safety clip to hold up the leg or use the hydraulics you could cause some damage.
Why not use the hydraulics? They are designed to hold the entire force of the thrust from the prop up while you bash through the waves, which is a lot more than the rotational momentum effects of the engine over a pothole.

Absolutely agree with the tilt stop pin commnet tho'.

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2) "Transom Saver" type spring loaded rod that cradles the lower unit and attaches to either the trailer frame or other solid point
My only concern with them is that un less the boat is absolutely rigidly fixed to the trailer, is it not going to casue as much damage to the transom as the dead weight of the engine?



I've not had PT until now, and for my previous three manual trim machines used a block of wood with a hole for the tilt stop pin (as opposed to a shape to engiage with it -means if the strap lets go you don't put a bouncing block of wood through the windscreen of the car behind you). Then I had a 4:1 cam cleat arrangement (a bit like a traditional dinghy kicking strap / vang) using soft rope (yacht jib sheet multi plait kind of idea - lots of offcuts at chandlers - to prevent damage to the paint on the leg) with a snap hook at either end. It clipped to the tilt stop pin either side of the wood & took about 10 seconds to fit.
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