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25'Revenge w/whaler drive @ motor support brackets
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posted 06-01-2002 11:54 PM ET (US)
Is it recommended to use motor support brackets with twin engines and a Whaler drive system while trailering?
posted 06-04-2002 12:15 PM ET (US)
Eagleman, I was kinda hoping that Larry (lhg) or someone else with either Twins on brackets or WDs would answer. I have wondered the same thing myself. On my rig, the WD is about three inches up from the bottom of the hull. Therefore, the trailer is not supporting it, and it you had anything there TO support it, the rest of the boat would not get on the trailer properly. Same goes with the outboards. My Evinrude manual says to tilt them all the way up, engage the lock tab, and then Trim all the way down until the motors change pitch. (I have 1989 E 120s on my WD).
Maybe with this back on the top of the list someone will answer.
posted 06-04-2002 12:31 PM ET (US)
I have a 25' with an armstrong bracket and a new single 225 optimax. I talked to the dealer that installed the bracket and motor and asked the same question for my single engine. They told me no need due to the aluminum bracket and that the Merc. manuel says to use the engine stop provided.
I don't know about twins on a WD, some of the owners on this site have those big power plants on brackets. They might help with their experience. I will check with the same shop and ask about the WD.
posted 06-04-2002 12:58 PM ET (US)
I also inquired with the local sharpies regarding this topic as it relates to my notched transom with twins. They told me not to bother with the support brackets because the transom will never see the stress on the road that it sees on the water and that all the supports will do is transfer the road shock directly from the trailer to the lower unit. However, in your situation I may be inclined to modify the trailer to support the WD only, if your concerned.
posted 06-04-2002 05:36 PM ET (US)
I believe a couple of other people on this web site own 25' Whalers with whaler drive system. It seems to me that with the combined weight of twin 200 Merc's plus whaler drive hanging off the transom that some support system while trailering would be a good idea. I estimate that combined engine weight around 800lbs plus 200 lbs for the Whaler Drive. Your input always appreciated.
posted 06-05-2002 08:23 PM ET (US)
Russ, I didn't bother answering here as you have seen mine on the trailer, with no additional supports, and also since I don't have Whaler Drive. But assuming it has the same structural integrity as my Armstrong bracket, no support is needed. I have never trailed mine anyway except as shown on Cetacea Page 8, and do not have a single stress crack anywhere to be found in the transom area. And that's after about 80,000 miles on the road. I wouldn't bother if I were you.
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