Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

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Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by soedesh » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:55 am

Hi, I have a manual tilt Mercury 650 on a Malahini and I intend to use a transom saver (it will arrive today). I was wondering if others with a similar setup trailer with the outboard fully tilted and latched, or whether the outboard is left unlatched so it rests on the transom saver.

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Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by billy c » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:34 am

Best scenario is to just leave the motor vertical. The transom is plenty strong. If you do need to tilt for ground clearance then do not latch it as it puts undue stress on the mounting bracket.
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Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by JimmY » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:41 am

I'm no expert, but my boating expert friend ditto's Bill's comment to trailer with the motor vertical. Just make sure to tilt it when backing it down the ramp.
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Post by Bill Edmundson » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:24 am

Yamaha 4 strokes say not to tow with the engine tilted. Because of the oil sump.

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Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by gdcarpenter » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:30 am

I leave the tilt latch off and use the transom saver to support the engine.
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Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by BarnacleMike » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:58 am

gdcarpenter wrote:I leave the tilt latch off and use the transom saver to support the engine.
Ditto for me, trailering with a smaller motor... an 8hp Nissan (Tohatsu)
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Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by vupilot » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:19 pm

I really love the transom saver for motors with manual tilt. It really does take a lot of weight off the transom and transfers to the trailer. I feel much better going over rough highways with it. Yes, youll see when you get it, it will be unlatched and uses a bungee to wrap around the motor leg. It is true that you might not want to use it with four strokes as the tilt can cause oil to pool in the carb or airbox.

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Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by soedesh » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:36 am

Thanks for the input, I will use it today without the engine latch for the maiden voyage. I do plan to rig up something so that the bottom part of the rod that goes over the roller won't come off.

Note that there is a sticker on the transom saver that says it is only to be used on motors with power tilt and trim - but what do they know! lol.

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Re: Transom saver with manual tilt outboard

Post by Roberta » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:31 am

I drilled holes in the bottom flanges on my transom saver. Then bent a long 1/4" bolt to go around the roller and engage the holes in the flanges. A nylock nut held the bolt from slipping out.

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