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Old 23 June 2009, 07:18   #1
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Hi All

Could anyone let me know where I can get a transom saver in this country? They seem to be well publicised across the pond, but not over here.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated.

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Old 23 June 2009, 07:48   #2
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Do you mean one of the solid supports that fits between the trailer and bottom of the engine leg?

If so I'd be very wary, as any very small movement of the boat on the trailer is then transfered through the hydraulics of the engine, which I've never liked the idea of. Just my opinion though.

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Old 23 June 2009, 08:34   #3
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Any help would be MUCH appreciated.
When we picked up our first boat the Suzuki owners manual insisted we should only tow with a transom saver fitted. Looked all around and never found one for sale outside the US.

Even if they were available, on our current boat (and previous boats) there's no trailer structure far enough to the rear for anything meaningful to be fittted.

It will be interesting to see what others say...

I'd completely agree with Nasher's comment
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I have seen some that are like a polybush only longer that fit over the rams like a sleave - they look pretty good - what do people think of those???
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Do you mean one of the solid supports that fits between the trailer and bottom of the engine leg?

If so I'd be very wary, as any very small movement of the boat on the trailer is then transfered through the hydraulics of the engine, which I've never liked the idea of.
Hmmm. If there's movement between the boat and trailer, you don't have the boat strapped down well enough.

I use the transom saver to minimize wear and tear on the motor pivots and hydraulics moreso than preventing damage to the transom (my hull is welded 1/4" aluminum, and I doubt any engine movement is going to do much to that.) In my case, the support runs between the lower unit and the hull, rather than between the LU and the trailer (can't get to the trailer without having a dogleg support bracket.)

Trailering over less than glass-smooth roads will cause the motor to bounce around, penduluming back and forth. Preventing that is why I use the bracket. That force is absorbed first by the motor pivots, then through the mount to the transom. The transom saver not only transfers some of that energy to a different structure (usually the trailer frame), but also prevents the penduluming in the first place (the penduluming of the motor greatly increases the forces seen by whereever it's applied to.)

Using a block of wood between the engine mount and the engine (or the ram-mounted blocks such as the M-Y Wedge) will relieve the stress imposed on the pivots, but will transfer it to the transom. If you're sure your transom is beefy enough, fine. If there's any question about it, well, I'd suggest going with something that transfers at least some of the load somewhere else.


That's just my opinion;

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Hmmm. If there's movement between the boat and trailer, you don't have the boat strapped down well enough.


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Sorry jky, I really don't believe you can eliminate absolutely ALL movement between the boat and trailer. I believe there will always be a small amount such as 1/4inch. The trailer itself will flex slightly causing some movement.

My solution is below, but as you've said it counts on the transom being strong enough to take the loads, which I believe it should be.

Wood, carpet, retaining strap, and held down with a small ratchet strap to the eyes in the transom.

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I have seen some that are like a polybush only longer that fit over the rams like a sleave - they look pretty good - what do people think of those???
not poly bush but works for me 2 x keel rollers from tow sure
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mind you ive just built these. to be sure the transom stays where it is ment to
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I've replied to a thread like this one before on RIBnet.

I think transom savers are a waste of money and are a marketing ploy to get the boat owner spending more.

There is nothing wrong with the normal engine bracket if you have one or similar devices used by Nasher and Nugent.

IMHO, if your hydrualics don't leak I would be happy to tow tilted up on the hydraulic rams.

If the rams can cope with 150hp or whatever pushing a tonne of RIB in and out of the water, then a few little bumps in the road on a suspended trailer won't be a problem.
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Hi All

Thanks for your replies. My reason for asking about the transom saver was to seek to minimise the amount of strain placed on the transom when trailing. One of the launcing sites that I use is a cornish beach, and the road to it is bad!!. Not surprisingly the RIB and traler tend to bouce around quite a bit, and I think that the engine puts a lot of strain on the transom. I thought that perhaps one of these devices would channel a lot of that force through the trailer frame and not the transom.
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