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Old 24 September 2003, 16:11   #1
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Engine Position towing

Apologies if this question has been asked in the past, but I am shortly going to tow my Rib for the first time.

Question is...should the engine be all the way up, which is the only position that allows a couple of safety brackets to be deployed on which the engine can rest....or does the engine all the way up put too much strain on the transom when towing?

All the way down and there is not enough ground clearance.

Or should I go halfway up with a block of wood to support the engine?

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Mine's been towed with it all the way up, and with the steel brackets lowered into position.
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Although the my suzuki manual says not to do that, I use the engine locks in the up position when towing, and it seems quite secure.

I reckon tho in the up position, when the engine is over the top and forward of the transom, that must surely put less stress than if it were in the down position provided it's locked ok?

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Good point...maybe there is less strain on the transom with the engine up...I've no idea and I haven't got a manual so I don't know what Yamaha recommends
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My Suzuki 40 should, acording to the book, be down but there is not enough ground clearance. The dealer told me to tow with it up and the lock on. So I do and have had no problem. I was also told that as long as I had a lighting board that extended beyond the engine, then I didn't need an orange cover on the prop. Can anyone vouch for this one?
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what Yamaha recommends
- Is totally unworkable. They recommend that you plough a furrow in the tarmac with the skeg. And they suggest that the steel support brackets should not be used. In that case, what the heck are they for?
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....what the heck are they for?
'storage' apparently

they show some diagram in the book if I remember of some contraption that would no doubt cost a few hundred to buy, that holds the engine half way up or something.
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I was also told that as long as I had a lighting board that extended beyond the engine, then I didn't need an orange cover on the prop. Can anyone vouch for this one?
Nope. There should be nothing which could cause damage to any one running into the rear of your rig. Nothing, that is, which would cause other than resonable damage because of the accident.
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I always tow with the engine up and resting on the lock. Surely the stresses put on the engine mounting brackets when towing are only a fraction of the load when underway. I also trim the engine down on to the lock so that it can't wobble around if you hit a bump. Seems like the right thing to do. I would be interested to hear if there is a definitive answer on this one. I posed the question a few years ago on a US forum and the debate raged for several weeks.
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I also trim the engine down on to the lock so that it can't wobble around if you hit a bump.
Me too.
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