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kent posted 05-27-2000 07:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for kent  
Now I am wondering about transom savers. You know, those devices that you attach to the lower unit of your outboard when trailering to help take some of the weight off of the transom. What do you guys think about them? Do you use them? If so, what is the best type? Are the ones with a shock absorbing feature better than the ones that are solid?

I have one that I use on my tin boat. Before I got the transom saver, the outboard used to flail around back there when I trailered. I was afraid that I would either lose the outboard one day, or at the very least break the bracket. With the transom saver, it seems that it rides very nicely. But now that I have one, I hear that they can do more damage than they prevent. I have heard that they can actually damage the transom, and that shock transferred up through the saver can break the lower unit housing. Now that I am setting up my BW 13, I am wondering if I should use a transom saver. It is powered with a 40 HP outboard with no power tilt or trim. I can't trailer with the outboard in the down position, which I understand to be the preferred way, as the skeg comes dangerously close to the pavement.

Any comments or opinions would be gratefully accepted.

dgp posted 05-30-2000 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
The Mercury Marine engine manual that came with my '97 125Hp recommended the use of these type devices.

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