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Old 27 April 2004, 17:55   #11
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Dealer says one thing/Book says another.

O.K. any design ideas on the thing that holds the engine as arrowed in the above diagram?
A strap of some sort around the cavitation plate and some way of attaching it to the pole that also needs attaching to the trailer. We can patent the item and sell it for a fortune!
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Old 27 April 2004, 18:02   #12
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Alas not, they're called transom savers and everyone in the states uses them.
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Old 27 April 2004, 18:03   #13
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I think the manufacturers are protecting themselves against any eventuality...
I think you've got the measure of it, Mr Roohairy. All engine manuals say the same. I don't tow our RIB about very often, but when I do, I just use the steel tilt lock mechanism after lowering it down onto it with the hydraulics. It won't bounce up for the same reason that the engine won't lift up every time you reverse the boat when you're in the water (think about it!)
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Old 27 April 2004, 18:04   #14
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http://www.iboats.com/products/7/396...som_saver.html
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I've just had a look at the manual for your engine at www.marinepower.com. Page 16 or 17 (depending on which version) details the break-in procedure.

If the engine has oil injection: Use a 50:1 petrol/oil mixture in the first tank of fuel. If it doesn't have oil injection then you need to use a 25:1 mix.

"Vary the throttle setting during the first hour of operation. During the first hour of operation, avoid remaining at a constant speed for more than two minutes and avoid sustained wide open throttle."

As to trailing, I always trail my mercury on the hydraulics/trim lock and never had any problems.
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Old 27 April 2004, 18:13   #16
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just found these in the USA for $30...http://www.m-ywedge.com
Anything this side of the pond?
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Old 27 April 2004, 21:29   #17
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Daniel,

In al my years of boating, i have never heard of a 20 hour run in, i have had many engines Yams and Mercs but only need 10 hours run in period. After 1 hour at half throtel you open up for so many minutes, check your manual it tells you what you should do, not what dealer says so.


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Only NEED a 10 hour run in period? - it can be a hell of a lot longer than that before an engine is properly run in.

Remember some car engines aren't properly run in until 10,000 miles or more DESPITE what the makers claim!

I know 2 strokes are different but they still have pistons moving inside bores etc etc.

Of course being too gentle doesn't do an engine any favours either!
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Old 28 April 2004, 03:21   #18
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Running In !!

After my rebuild last year i had 10 hours of running in to do at 25/1 oil mix then at 10 hours changed the plugs and now run at 50/1 mix, i stuck religiously to the 10 hours and it was as boring as hell now it runs like a dream..... ok so a dream filled with nasty chain saw like sounds....so more like a nightmare really

Oh and what manual ??

Never trailer my engine down, either use the catches to hold it up or chock it up with a block of wood.

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Old 28 April 2004, 05:25   #19
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Manual / running in

Visit at www.marinepower.com -> Download center

There you can find manuals (PDF files) for Merc/Mariner outboards.

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Old 28 April 2004, 06:36   #20
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Red Fox,

That gizmo you found is the same type of thing that I have on my Force. The Force manual calls it the 'trailer lock'. I'll show you it in operation next time we meet up. Unfortunately, my trailer only has tiny 'ickle 8" wheels, and with the engine lowered onto the 'trailer lock' there just ain't enuff ground clearance for my peace of mind (at least not on the roads I travel), so I tow with the engine fully up on the hydraulics. Never had a problem, even on the track from NEB to Portlogan, and thats certainly bumpy.
I always meant to build a copy of the 'trailer lock' so I could put both on and get some decent ground clearance, but haven't got round to it yet - I keep getting sidetracked by folks wanting to try out their new boats etc!

Anyways - when ya next taking your tub to NEB?

C'ya later.......

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