Originally Posted by Hightower
Not a good Idea guys!!!
Follow Manufacturers advice on this one and go with the locks on the Brkt. If you don't you could distort the Trim/Tilt cylinder and that'll cost you dear. Better a peice of wood between Brkt and Leg if you can't lock outboard in tilt position.
Pray tell why my motor came supplied with 'trailering device' (wording straight from manufacturers handbook) which is almost exactly what Red Fox describes. It is just too short to give me the ground clearance I need with only 8" wheels on my trailer. (Some of us are not blessed with the wherewithal to afford a large boat).
Other people have stated that they tow with the engine fully up on the hydraulics - surely that is more likely to put stress on the T/T cylinder, seeing as its unsupported. Any additional support can surely only be better - not worse.
I've always meant to make a copy of my 'trailering device' and to fit both to my outboard when towing to give the skeg ground clearance, and Red Fox's idea of adapting a roller gives me a chance to try it out easily.
Of course if you have already tried it and know that it causes problems please let us know.
Whoops - just re-read this and it comes over like I'm having a dig at Andy - not so - no offence intended - I just can't be bothered to retype it all. I'll make a copy 'trailering device' and post pics of the copy and original, and let you know how they work out.