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Old 18 February 2012, 14:49   #11
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Lightboards must be attached to the trailer not the load. However its more visible where it is so I doubt you'd have problems with the Rozzers!

I put a block of wood between the engine bracket and the engine when towing. This means the engine is halfway up and doesn't put load on the engine lock.

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Old 18 February 2012, 17:07   #12
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I broke the uplock on my 8hp aux. suzuki twice. Since then i use a shortened pick axe handle with two eye screws at each end for a bungee cord - so as not to loose it. And bungeed leg to trailer.
Just on the bungee cord - i`ve had it for 19 years. It was a type of blue coloured smooth "latex" - [8mm thick], which i just happened to see at a chandlers. Came in a pack with a number of hooks. Never seen it since. Great stuff - very strong and never lost its stretch or degraded in all that time.
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Old 19 February 2012, 05:56   #13
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when i towed i used to let the leg down on a thick piece of wood so the skeg safely missed the road,ands there was no strain on the hydraulics or the obm, and dont forget to cover the propeller
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Ribcraft told me to trailer with the engine up. So I do
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Old 19 February 2012, 06:39   #15
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If you do tow with the engine down make sure that your trailers central spine won't hammer the gearbox out of shape or at least put something between it,
Once saw some divers launch from our club slip after coming down the 4 miles or so of bumpy road and it looked like someone had took a lump hammer to it.
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Old 19 February 2012, 12:38   #16
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Yes. Ribcraft told me same although down tends to make sense.

Just dont forget that if you use the manual lock to release it before trimming down ... once watched a guy blow a load of hydrolic and flatten his battereis not quite understanding why his plant wouldn't drop down !!
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Ribcraft told me to trail with engine fully up, but not on the lock, so I do. Not had any problems. I turn the battery isolator off & remove the key whilst towing to prevent any "accidents" with electrics or someone knocking or playing with the tilt. I suppose the transom has to cope with the same weight of engine whatever position it's in.

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Interesting that Ribcarft obviously see their transoms as strong enough and they have fitted loads of Yams , yet Yamaha guys who do all the shows and sales state not to keep up on road runs
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Rightly or wrongly, Engine up and on stopper. also used to put trailer board on A frame, but got told off, so now put on the extending rods from trailer.
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Interesting that Ribcarft obviously see their transoms as strong enough and they have fitted loads of Yams , yet Yamaha guys who do all the shows and sales state not to keep up on road runs
Yes, and to be fair, if you read the Suzuki manual they tell you to use a "transom saver". I think the engine guys are covering their arses
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