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Old 23 August 2009, 12:18   #1
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towing a sib with the outboard on?

Hi again,
Just having a read of my Honwave manual, it says that the outboard should be removed before transporting on a trailer. Whats the general feeling on this?. I know it kind of defeats the point of having a trailer but not sure what the reasoning is behind it. There is a support at the back of the trailer, under the area where the outboard sits on the transom. I would have thought that it would be support enough. It's only a 9.8hp on a 3.2 mt sib.
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If its only a 9.8 I'd take it off for piece of mind. Much better in your boot than the middle of the rooad complete with transom.
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If its only a 9.8 I'd take it off for piece of mind. Much better in your boot than the middle of the rooad complete with transom.
I'd leave it on - but if worried look at some sort of "transom saver" approach of supporting the weight directly on the trailer.
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I'd leave it on - but if worried look at some sort of "transom saver" approach of supporting the weight directly on the trailer.
Or take it off.
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Or take it off.
I'd reckon there is more chance of damaging your back, or the outboard lifting it in and out the car than damaging the transom leaving it on! It also takes up space in the boot, can spill oil or fuel over the boot and anything else in there and usually smells - making it a less appealing option...
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I'd never leave motor on the transom unsupported. Transom saver is the must thing here......I don't think there is a great chance of damaging your back, as the transom will be damaged way sooner before....
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Hi again,
Could anyone explain how a transom saver works please?, If the pikkie has been attached, you can just make out a large block that is situated on the rear crossbar on the trailer.(just above the number plate). When I bought the sib/trailer, the sib was quite a way forwards and didn't actually sit on the block. I have now adjusted where the boat sits, and the block is directly underneath the transom area, where the outboard sits. I would have thought this would support the weight of the engine?.
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Transom saver goes between the leg and the trailer so the trailer takes up any shock rather than the transom.
I'd still stick it in the boot and strap it down.
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Looks like the boot it is then, :O(
I asked the question, because I have got 2 big dogs that go in the back of my truck.
Thanks for the quick replies,
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Transom saver is the must thing here......
Never seen one advertised for sale in the UK (though they might come crawling out of the woodwork now!). If you search on this forum for transom savers, I think you'll find an overwhelming opinion against the necessity.
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