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Old 18 February 2012, 14:03   #1
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Outboard up or down

Hi, when towing a Rib on the road should the outboard be up and turned on a side or in a straight position or if enough clearance is it better down ?
I noticed that Ribcraft put my trailer numberplate off centre on the tailboard
which might suggest engine down.
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Old 18 February 2012, 14:06   #2
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I tow up with the locking bar in place, my last trailer had a skeg rest so you could have it half down.
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Old 18 February 2012, 14:11   #3
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I always towed with engine up and lock mechanism in place until I did a job for Yamaha at Poole and we towed a rib from Hamble . Luckily Yamaha were at Hamble and told me NOT to put the engine up when towing as the lock mechanism was only for engineers working on the unit. If trailed with engine fully up they stated the forces on the transom could split it and the lock bar was not for this use.

I was shown to lower the engine to the lowest safe point so it would clear ground and also trailer board can be re sited if needed. They said that with the engine up it acted as a lever on the transom and the unit should be low as possible for safe trailing. Only repeating what manufacturers said and it seems to makes sense having done it totally wrong for years.
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Old 18 February 2012, 14:16   #5
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Thanks, my engine is a Suzuki 90 but I guess Yams are the same, when I picked boat up from Ribcraft it was up but I think down must make sense, and seeing the numberplate off centre got me thinking
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You got it all wrong mate, the boat & trailer is supposed to be behind the car
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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 noticed that Ribcraft put my trailer numberplate off centre on the tailboard
That's probably because the tail light is also used as number plate illumination.
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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 have wondered about that my self but am not sure and will go for some wood as a safety in future
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The Suzuki up-lock is not designed to take the shock loads when towing, it will easily bend and fail. If you have to tow with the engine up place a wooden support between the engine and the bracket to take the load. I have used a short length of broom handle to good effect.
Ideally, the engine should be down when towing but beware of the skeg touching the ground when traversing speed humps etc. It is surprising that a 12in clearance between skeg and road surface can quickly reduce to nothing when traversing undulating surfaces.
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