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Old 18 March 2017, 16:49   #1
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Protecting transom when towing

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My teenage son picked up his Ribeye 3.1 today and it has a Yamaha 15hp on it.I towed it home for him but was but concerned about the outboard bouncing about when towing and the impact it may have on the engine bracket and transom.
I have seen people wedging wood between the bracket to take some of the shock but wondered if there were any purpose built transom/bracket savers on the market.The engine doesn't have a trim and the bracket doesn't look that substantial,am I over reacting or should I use a purpose built device or just go with making my own with some wood or rubber?
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Old 18 March 2017, 17:36   #2
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Did raise this point myself about a month ago,I had concerns but some people on this site took the ppppp and other thought the transom took more stick going through the water
Myself used to apply piece of wood,but
now have posh bracket ON THE ADVICE OF A TOP MARINE ENGINEER
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Old 18 March 2017, 18:01   #3
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Did raise this point myself about a month ago,I had concerns but some people on this site took the ppppp and other thought the transom took more stick going through the water
Myself used to apply piece of wood,but
now have posh bracket ON THE ADVICE OF A TOP MARINE ENGINEER
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Old 18 March 2017, 18:09   #4
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did not post picture of mine courses for horses get one that suits plenty on ebay Made Mine to suit engine 75 hp
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Old 18 March 2017, 19:11   #5
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could you put the engine in reverse gear? This will stop the engine bouncing backwards, and may help??? I had my lighting board and number plate smashed when towing a bouncy outfit when the o/b hit it on the road... The reverse gear seems to work so far and make sense???
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Trailer keel roller over the ram, cheap and cheerful.
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Old 19 March 2017, 08:05   #7
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I think I'm just going to use a ratchet strap from engine to trailer to stop it bouncing,thanks for the replies guys.
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I think I'm just going to use a ratchet strap from engine to trailer to stop it bouncing,thanks for the replies guys.
On a Rig of that size I'd think that would be fine...although when you think of the normal forces generated at speed and Chop the Transome should be well able to cope...hope you don't have to do it often anyway!
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This was covered in a thread last week gurnard posted instructions from his SIB manual have a look
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I think I'm just going to use a ratchet strap from engine to trailer to stop it bouncing,thanks for the replies guys.
Works well on a 25hp mariner..... I don't trust the little metal clip on the road but with a strap holding the leg firm it's been fine.

And doesn't cost anything if you use an old strap....
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