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Old 31 May 2015, 13:15   #1
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Another towing question.....

Sorry if this is something that's been discussed many times. I think it may have been as read old threads via google but tbh couldn't decipher definitive yes or no.

When picking up my sr4 broker said def. tow away with engine up. But although I made the 80 mile journey home like si, I wasn't happy everytime I hit a bump on road.

I see transom savers but they are pricey for what they are!

Never had to tow much in past when boated a lot years ago as house sat 20yards from boat storage, 40 yds to slipway and mooring was 100 metres away in water.

This little rib will make some long regular journeys on trailer so want it to be safe on trailer.

What is the best way to tow with 40hp manual tilt, so that transom doesn't get a hard time?

I've read about blocks of wood etc but assuming this would work better with power tilt as engine can lower till secure on block, but manual would be trickier???

Also, do you recommend any further securing to stop engine wobble etc?
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Old 31 May 2015, 13:27   #2
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I use a bit of old oar (rather than a block of wood). Raise engine, insert wood held with "string" lower engine. Then a strap round engine to keep it tight.
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Old 31 May 2015, 14:24   #3
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Gosh...just spotted them aplenty on eBay for 20!!!! Why\How didmI miss this!
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Old 31 May 2015, 16:12   #4
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I purchased a 'tow stay' from force 4 website, sits on the last beam of trailer and then lower engine leg onto it, I then ratchet it down, I just towed 160 miles and was fine, I have a 340 avon with a 25 Manual tilt
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Have you got a link to the tow stay?
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Or even the items on eBay, thanks
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Ive towed my boats thousands of km around Aus, last trip was 15000 km with the engine trimmed up using just the flick down locks, much of that trip was off-road and have not had any issues (Yamaha F 70 on a fibreglass boat).

You can buy several products to trailer your outboard in a lower position which is said to be better on the transom, Yamaha sell this but it would also be pretty easy to make up something yourself https://yshop.yamaha-motor.com.au/pr...otor-support-0

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http://www.force4.co.uk/force-4-outb...l#.VXILV4Z4XCR

Please see above, good value and does the job well
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When I had a manual tilt motor I used a lump of wood with a luggage strap nailed to each side. One side straps to transom clamp, the other to the leg.
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When I had a manual tilt motor I used a lump of wood with a luggage strap nailed to each side. One side straps to transom clamp, the other to the leg.
Do you have a photo you could upload of your setup on this?
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