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HookedOnHer posted 10-06-2002 09:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for HookedOnHer   Send Email to HookedOnHer  
I have always used a transom saver on all my none-whaler boats. I have a 15'stripper that came with a saver ,but am looking for another one over 20'.Is this something to look for in buying a used boat or are the unsinkables transom's strong enough for trailering those "big" motors.
Tom W Clark posted 10-07-2002 12:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Buddy, that transom ain't going nowhere, transom saver or not.
JBCornwell posted 10-07-2002 08:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Though I agree with Tom, I use a transom saver.

I consider it extra insurance.

Red sky at night. . .

Bigshot posted 10-07-2002 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
My trailer does not have the slot for the saver to go into so.....I just retract the engine down until the trim kicks in. This(on most engines) will hold the engine tight. Trailer in the tilted position with the trailer lock on from what i hear is less stable. On my smaller engines(no PTnT) I trailer all the way down.
kingfish posted 10-07-2002 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Tom is probably right about the strength of Whaler transoms making Transom Savers unnecessary, but I've gone "overboard" on about everything else on my OR22 and trailer, and just plain feel better with a TS, especially on long trips. One of the secondary reasons I did all the shuffling around and adding of crossmembers on my trailer last winter was to wind up with a crossmember directly under the transom so I could add keel rollers there as well as have a connection point for a TS.

My thinking is basically that with a transom saver, a "triangle" is completed between the transom, the lower unit and the TS. The support is out near the end of the lower unit, giving much better mechanical advantage than relying on hydraulics, or a flip-down travelling support that, in my view, supported the motor closer to horizontal than I liked anyway.

Especially with a big motor though, it takes a little bit of looking to find a TS that is beefy enough that it really can take the pressure off the hydraulics over big bumps.


EddieS posted 10-07-2002 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     
I do the same as Big Shot, my trailer is high enough that I can trailer with the motor tilted down until hit just hits the trim, I still have near a foot of clearance. My trailer will not accomaodate a transom saver, however if I had a trailer that would and I could not drop the motor down to the trim position I would invest in one. Fairly cheap insurance, not necessarily for the transom either rather for the motor. My owner's manual makes a point of not! trailering the boat with the motor in the locked position. It suggest either using a transom saver or trailering in the trim position.


hooter posted 10-07-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Some o'you boys must be wearin' suspenders wid yer belt t'make double sure yer pants stay up. Try puttin' on some ankle garters jez t'make triple sure, ok? No kiddin', it's cheap insurance. Tom is triple right.
ShrimpBurrito posted 10-08-2002 01:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Here's another thread that discusses this topic that you might be interested in reading.

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