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Old 14 July 2015, 15:25   #1
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Can I tow with my motor on my soft bottom

I have a soft bottom Mercury 340 air deck with a 9.9 Mercury. I no longer use it as a tender but now want to leave it on a trailer. I plan on using a flat bottom utility trailer with custom bunks under the tubes. I just want to hear a few opinions on whether or not it is safe to tow it Down the highway with the Mercury 9.9 on the back. I could take it off every time I transport it but that is a pain. The motor would probably hang off the back of the trailer leaving all of the weight on the transom of the boat.
Thanks for any opinions
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Old 15 July 2015, 17:08   #2
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Trailered and stored my 14' Achilles/Honda 40 for about 5 years. I found that a transom saver (between the LU and trailer) reduced the pendulum action of the motor while on the road (without it, I could see the transom rocking fore/aft on every bump.) I also rigged up a way to keep the motor from flopping side to side (tiller steered.)

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Old 16 July 2015, 11:27   #3
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Having seen this post I am now wondering the same ?
I have a Honwave 3.50 and a 20hp 4 stroke Honda motor which I figure may be a little heavy to trailer or can it be done with a transom saver ?
If so, where would I obtain one in the UK please ?
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Old 16 July 2015, 13:30   #4
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I made a shaped piece of wood and covered it with cord carpet, this was fitted under the transom and secured to the trailer to take the weight of the motor.

I ran this setup for some years and clocked up the miles without issue.

HTH.
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Old 16 July 2015, 14:03   #5
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I need to get everything together tomorrow and look further into it as I have purchased a trailer with rollers on the rear with the boat overhanging so, it may not be possible.
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