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Old 31 July 2014, 18:28   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Nottingham
Boat name: Bob.
Make: QS 430Hd + Merc 270s
Length: 4m +
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Trailer engine support

Who uses a support for there engine when on a trailer? If so any advice on design?

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Old 31 July 2014, 20:30   #2
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I only tow very short distances with engine on a trailered Sib.
Engine rides in car boot most of the time as the weight of the engine on Sib transom creates a negative trailer nose weight - not good for high speed/long distance towing!
I tend to hang the engine off the transom in shallow drive mode and lash a ratchet strap around the skeg.
Tighten the strap down against the trailer to stop unwanted engine bounce and take things easy.
I must stress that I don't exceed 40mph nor do i drive any more than 3 mile in this state!
Easy does it!
It beats lifting the darn thing on and off while ion holiday for 2 weeks though!

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Old 31 July 2014, 23:06   #3
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When I had my Achilles 14'/Honda 40, I used to look in the mirrors and see the motor wither yo-yoing up and down, or bouncing side-to-side, taking the transom with it.

I went with a support that cradled the LU and tied in to the rear trailer crossmember, and never saw the motor bouncing against the tubes again. I did have to come up with something to keep the motor from flopping side-to-side, but that was relatively easy.

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Old 31 July 2014, 23:12   #4
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I think a search on here for "transom saver" will turn up a few opinions...
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Old 01 August 2014, 00:56   #5
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Boat name: Uh...a kayak?
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I bought transom saver from Craigslist for $15 new in box. It was not exactly designed for my boat and trailer, but with a little modification it has been working perfectly. One of the most important things is to have the transom supported.

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