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Old 21 May 2004, 13:00   #11
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I am gutted to learn that, having parted with the best part of 6,000 for a Yamaha F100, my engine in not equiped for towing? You would think that the engineers at Yamaha could usefully employ their time coming up with a solution to such an obvious problem rather than expecting customers to fashion a support bracket for themselves. Are other outboards also lacking in such an obvious accessory?
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Old 04 July 2004, 04:03   #12
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Just wondered what the outcome to his thread was. Has anyone managed to find/fashion a bracket? Who relies just on the hydraulics? I have a long journey looming next weekend and would like to make sure I get it right.
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Old 04 July 2004, 04:21   #13
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Sorry no answers,I just rely on the hydraulics now,with the pin down in case they slip,but have only done short journeys,I have a trip to devon looming in August and am not entirely happy.
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Old 04 July 2004, 04:31   #14
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Not sure what you mean when you say pin down? Do you mean the bracket? But that will only spin in to place with the enngine fully tilted. I have travelled with it just above the lightboard (short journey) - but this was unsupported. Tried the wood but it slips out. Next trip is 330 miles!!
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Old 04 July 2004, 05:48   #15
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Yes,I put the support pin/bracket in the down position when the outboard is fully tilted,but I do not lower the outboard onto the support pin/bracket as originally shown by the dealer.
My boat is quite low on the trailer and if I lower the outboard onto a block of wood to the point where the block of wood is gripped,the skeg is only about a foot off the road.
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Old 05 July 2004, 06:47   #16
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We've one on our 5.5m Delta. Towed it on long tows (live in Leicester) as yet no problem. One thought did occur to me if you back the ram off i.e. drop engine down onto engine support bracket and them some more, what stops engine bouncing upwards and then crashing back down onto ram with full wieght. Is this what could have totaled yours timboli?

Also people appear to be less than sure of relying on the seals in the rams themselves to support engine are the forces involved alot more than when the engine is in the water doing its job surely its pushing aginst the ram then (or is the load shared now on trim rams?).
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Old 05 July 2004, 07:30   #17
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I trailed an F100 for 2 years. Gave up on support lever as it was prone to bending. end up with engine in up position on hydraulics with straps holding engine to transom bracket to stop any bounce. Never had a problem with hydraulics loosing pressure. trailered boat long distances.
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Old 05 July 2004, 07:47   #18
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This may be worth a look.

http://www.attwoodmarine.com/Product...nd+Accessories

Personally, I've always used the engine tilt support bracket on every engine I've had even though the owners manual says otherwise. It's never gone wrong or shown any signs of bending, or cracking (remember Irish roads aren't as nice as yours!!). I've only ever owned Mercurys though so I guess the Yamaha bracket isn't as strong.
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Old 05 July 2004, 13:44   #19
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I have had further thoughts and have decided to try a smooth metal bar,covered in hose pipe and bent in a banana shape to fit through the gap behind the ram when the engine is tilted right up.I will also try strapping the engine down.
All of my trailing to date has been short distance over some roughish roads-not tracks,proper roads but not the best surface.
A friend at work has just replaced his caravan as it literally shook to bits,it was 2 years old and he trails with a 4x4-an isuzu trooper lwb.
In the owners manual for his new caravan,they strongly suggested that he fit a sprung towbar?
Apparently all 4x4 vehicles should use one for all types of trailer-anyone else heard this?Certainly the ride in my jeep cherokee is a lot worse when towing.
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Old 08 July 2004, 00:29   #20
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My mate has had the sprung towbar fitted,seems he needed a new towbar as well,the sprung part is made by Dixon Bate,it has 2 springs and 2 dampers apparently.The cost of the sprung part was about 350.
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