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Old 04 March 2012, 09:13   #91
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Originally Posted by Leapy

I was thinking more in terms of the length of the arms. There's an interesting cantilever at work there
That's what I mean they have to be long to clear props and a combo of 10" wheels and big boat make for low light board

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Old 04 March 2012, 15:41   #92
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Found this old thread on here Yamaha f100 owners

Even now, it's still an ongoing discussion with no apparent resolution.

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Old 06 March 2012, 16:45   #93
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On this side of the pond I never heard of leaving the engine down to protect the BOAT. We do it because hitting potholes damages the outboard brackets.
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Old 07 March 2012, 11:52   #94
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I transport my Porter on a dual wheel trailer with the outboard lowerd down until it gently rests on the rear keel roller. I figure it is giving the transom and mounts an easier life and also helps stop the boat trying to move forward in an emergency stop. Seems to work ok.
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Old 07 March 2012, 15:36   #95
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I once towed a 20ft rig with 90 Yam 2-stroke, and the engine down as low as possible. It was well clear of grounding, but as the boat may have shaken or vibrated a little sideways, minor contact with the trailer lighting board strut removed half of the skeg, so beware of having the skeg in contact with trailer, as bumpy roads will do damage.
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Old 07 March 2012, 17:13   #96
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Yamaha manual states put engine in down position, but high enough to clear ground & support with special arm support or block of timber (or equivalent) trapped beneath?
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Old 07 March 2012, 17:32   #97
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Originally Posted by Boats&Outboards View Post
I always tow with the engines trimmed down, just resting on the separate trim rams (if fitted). I don't like the forces involved when fully up and dread to think the damage caused if the lugs failed. The only thing to consider when using the ram is if they lose it's hold you can damage your gearbox. As a prevention (especially if it's your own boat) you can just lower it onto a wooden block so if it ever did fail you've got something to take the strain. Not as easy when your towing different boats/setups

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Not entirely sure so dont quote me on it but I think it's illegal to tow with the trailer board so high on the A Frame like that. Somebody once told me it had to be a certain height from the road ? I do it myself mind as its the most viable place most of the time!

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I used to build trailers for a living back in the 1980's The light board should be no higher than the rear lights on the towing vehicle and if I remember rightly should be no lower than 14 inches.

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