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Old 29 April 2013, 06:04   #11
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Multiple simultaneous posts...... (Most of this is now a much cropped edit!)

I wouldn't personally trust that tiddly bit of pressed steel for towing... (I also block my Aux up for the same reason)

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It does take the 'down' pressure of the ram, which is probably a damn sight more than you're going to get from a bounce.Ive been towing using it for the last 6 years with the 5.4 and no issues.
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Old 29 April 2013, 06:21   #12
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Doesn't work on all engines!

Maybe it jsut gets worse the smaller the HP? I can thinkl of dozens of auxes that have suffered bent brackets both toewing and at sea. My old Suz DT25 started to bend, hence why I put the block of wood. Grantred it had no trim ram to hold it up......
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Old 29 April 2013, 06:32   #13
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I've been thinking in terms of blocks of wood in the short term also, specially if the weather turns out to be decent this weekend!
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I'm glad nobody patented 'the block of wood'.....
It's the least expensive bit of kit I've got since owning a boat. Bill Higham probably has them (not in stock) but he'll get you one for @ 75 + vat + 8-95 delivery if you have a part number.........
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Old 29 April 2013, 07:33   #15
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One thing (especially if you are relying on a dodgy trim ram to hold it in place), drill a hole through the wood & put a bit of rope through it to tie round the leg or other suitable anchorage - if it lets go, it's a reasonable lump of timber to put through the windscreen behind you!
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Looking at this, are we talking about 25/26?
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Yes, thats the one.
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No, more like one of these : Timber Posts – AA Fencing - Security Fencing Suppliers



Joking aside, yes!



(and just for future reference- that link was a random fence post supplier that happened to be top of my google search results.)
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Been up to have a look tonight and found this:



Which look sturdy enough to tow on, specially combined with the tilt ram. I notice there's been a lot of discussion on this topic recently so I'm sure opinions vary but Nos am I right in thinking you have an 85AET on your searider and you tow it with the tilt lock in place? I've had a look at potential wood chocking spot and i can't see a way of doing it which doesn't potentially put pressure on other things one would really rather not put pressure on (eg trim rams).
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On my Mariner 115 I got two lengths of stainless rod of the correct diameter & put them through the holes that take the tilt pin with a clevis pin at each end. Then a block of 3X2 with an old trailer roller at each end secured with a cable tie. Looks a bit Heath Robinson but it's a very solid support but doesn't help the transom at all but the bit of metal on mine designed as a tilt lock looks flimsy !
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