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Old 21 April 2006, 06:15   #1
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Advice on trailing

Having lost crew to University and gap year travels I have recently sold a hard boat but replaced with a RIB which can be used solo. Although I have trailed day sailers before I haven't trailed a boat with the outboard on the back. Reading the engine handbook they advise not trailing with engine supported by power trim/tilt but I am uncomfortable trimming the engine right down.
Any words of advice as to what others do?
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Old 21 April 2006, 06:18   #2
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Reading the engine handbook they advise not trailing with engine supported by power trim/tilt but I am uncomfortable trimming the engine right down.
Any words of advice as to what others do?
Welcome to ribnet, Alan. Yes, they do don't they? I ignore their advice. However, on a manual lift engine, I wouldn't trail with the engine supported on the tilt pin.
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Old 21 April 2006, 06:20   #3
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Trim it up and use the latch if one is fitted.

Unfortunately the writers of engine handbooks don't live in the real world.

Some people use bits of wood to wedge the engine up, I just use the latch on our Yamaha. I don't know how strong the latch on the Mercury Optimax is.
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Old 21 April 2006, 06:28   #4
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We have a 150 Opti same as you. Trim up, swivel the latch in to place and trim it back down onto the latch
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Piece of wood all the way.
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Old 21 April 2006, 07:41   #6
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My Johnson has a latch on it same as Andy describes, for towing. According to the book there is also supposed to be a support to hold it up while moored, and you shouldn't use the tilt ram to do this. I can't find the support (the diagram in the book is as clear as mud and there is nothing obvious) so I have just left it moored with the tilt ram doing the job.
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on an opti the catch is as pointed to, twist it with the engine up and the catch leg comes out as described earlier

hope that helps

this is on a new opti 200 by the way so yours may be slightly different

the catch is designed to take the weight of the engine and take the strain off the hydraulic rams and act as a fail safe

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My Suzuki 40HP didn't have a catch, so I always used a substantial bit of wood.
Very helpful response Chris but if you have got that much time you should be out on it
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I just use the Hydraulics to keep it up at any angle I want, I figure that if the Hydraulics can be used whilst blasting along in the Sea then there should be a lot less stress when being trailered. Unless you live up some pot holed road half way up a mountain that is.
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yes i wish i was on the boat today, to be honest it takes me only a couple of mins to take a piccy and do the reply so is fine

my boat sits just outside my office which is coool

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My Suzuki 40HP didn't have a catch, so I always used a substantial bit of wood.
Very helpful response Chris but if you have got that much time you should be out on it
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