Originally Posted by Simon B
Reading through our Yam 100 4 manual (got engine 2 years ago) they mention transom savers being used if you are unable to tow with the engine in the running position (curious idea, must fit tractor tyres to allow this!)
I've seen the item from a number of sources, question is does anyone use them? if so, how and are there wonderful advantages to doing so.
Hmmm. First post on this forum, I think.
The Transom Saver is supposed to remove some of the load from the transom, and transfer it back to the trailer frame. It also will protect (to some degree, anyway) the trim/tilt mechanism, which is normally supporting the weight of the motor as the trailer/boat rig bounces down the highway.
The better ones (or more expensive, anyway) have a spring loaded system that supports some amount of weight, but allows a slight amount of bounce without pounding, unlike the block of wood system mentioned earlier.
For my boat (sorry guys, just a 14' SIB with a 40 hp Honda) removing some of the weight of the motor is important, but, being tiller steered, locking the motor in the center position is even more so. Since the Honda Steering lock is grossly under-engineered, I have gone to a spring centering system to hold the motor near center (to keep it from bashing back and forth while trailering.)
Does it work? I think it's sort of like seatbelts: You can postulate all you want, but you won't know for sure until you don't use them when you needed to...