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Cpt Quint posted 07-31-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cpt Quint   Send Email to Cpt Quint  
I dont really want to have a discussion about a transom saver if I can help it. I am comfortable with the lock bracket that omc has just above the rams and have always used that with motor titled to starboard. Never had any trouble.
Is there anyway to tie down (steering wheel)
or clamp the motor dead center as opposed to having it lean to one side?
russellbailey posted 07-31-2002 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
Is there a reason you want to keep it centered? I always trailer and store it with the motor turned all the way to the left - this keeps the steering rod inside the tube where there is lubricant instead of in the open. I've thought this an advantage.

Ours is a 1987 Evinrude 70. When trailering I use the lock bracket that came on the motor, still turned left.

skred posted 07-31-2002 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Although there's merit in leaving the motor with the steering parts protected (to one side), I center mine by simply hooking a bungie cord (rubber) to a side rail stanchion, and then to the wheel itself. With only moderate tension, the wheel moves perhaps 15 degrees either way, and the motor stays centered.
Cpt Quint posted 07-31-2002 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
I think center gravity is better than left or right from a "g" force perspective when you hit a bump, etc. Probably not a big issue. The bungee cord was something I thought of but was searching for a more official approach. Mines 39 this year and anything to ease stress is something I try to consider. I lost a wheel to a broken axle earlier in the month and the whole thing came crashing down and didnt even give it a scratch so thats just one more testimony to how tough these boats are. a normal boat would have had the motor rip right off the transom with that type impact (88 spl 400 lbs)
Boston Marine posted 07-31-2002 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Boston Marine    
Unbelivable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You guys would pick apart the top of a phillips screw

Geeeeeesh!Get a life.

whalersman posted 07-31-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
Cpt Quint,

If you want to keep the motor centered while trailering without using Bungie Cords, why not install a Teleflex NFB (No-Feedback) Steering System. They cost about $164.99 in the Bass Pro Catalog and they come with a new Steering Cable.
My motor is always centered when trailering and my Whaler already has this installed.

skred posted 08-01-2002 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
NFB Steering = $165.00 - $20,000+ Boat.
Bungies = $1.50 - $5,000 boat.
Pretty much a decision of image or utility...

Tom W Clark posted 08-01-2002 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Cpt Quint,

If it isnít broken, donít fix it.

No need for transom savers and no need to keep the motor centered.

If the motor is laid over to one side or the other it will stay there without bouncing. Bouncing is the "kiss of death" here and as long as the motor is stable you need do nothing else.

Remember, with an OMC motor with power trim and tilt you need to engage the trailering bracket and cycle the trim all the way down until the trim rods are fully retracted into their cylinders. This will hold the motor down without bouncing and the motor and boat will behave as one unit when being trailered down the road.

Cpt Quint posted 08-01-2002 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
Tom, Thanks, this is what I do now except I have not always been letting the rams retract fully. Didnt know you dould do this. I thought you had to stop once the bracket clamped in to prevent bending it.
None the less, the motor never bounces so as long as a title to one side or the other is cool I will just leave this topic be. Sorry that i got some of our patrons so hot and bothered over this topic. A simple issue to some may not be to another
whalersman posted 08-01-2002 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
Cpt Quint,

I would still recommend putting a bungie on the engine when trailering this way. To hold the engine down, right or left, depending on which way you turn the engine. I have my OMC tilt rods all the way down when I trailer (the Montauk) but the engine could still bounce, right or left, in the steering shaft and could cause problems.
If you trailer your boat any distance at all, you may want to consider the bungie. If you only trailer it a few blocks, like some people, then you probably don't need it.
I trailer my boat 4 to 5 hours one way when I go to the coast. I think a cheap bungie is cheap insurance.
Someday when you do finally replace your steering cable, I would still recommend the NFB system by Teleflex. I will be doing the same on my Montauk. My Outrage already has the NFB and I love it.
My honest .02 worth.....
Joe

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