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Scott Grey posted 01-11-2007 11:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for Scott Grey   Send Email to Scott Grey  
I was checking to see if anyone has come up with a good support for the engine in the up position (for trailering)
It seems like most people i've seen use the flip lock for transport but the dealer told me to lift the skeg enough to clear the bottom of the trailer and to clear any sloped drive, etc. This part of boats im not sure of (I've always been around jet boats in the past growing up). The dealers reasoning was that with the motor tilted up all the way and "locked" with the flip latch would be harder in the long run on the transom. Any thoughts on this?
highanddry posted 01-11-2007 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Most people DO NOT trailer with the engine up on the "flip" lock. I trailer my Nantucket with Opti 150 per my families long standing tradition, a 2X4 stuck through the bracket. Downside is that it takes some muscle to lift the engine to remove or insert.


Jordi posted 01-11-2007 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi  Send Email to Jordi     
In time trailering in the "flip lock" will break the lever. The manual states not to trailer this way, I too use the 2X4 for clearance and support and has proven to be a reliale method.
podosky posted 01-11-2007 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for podosky  Send Email to podosky     
Mercury makes a part which is a solid red plastic sleeve which clips over the hydrolic piston of the Verado. The engine is then lowered onto the sleeve for trailering and the sleeve takes all the shock. We have one for our 150 Verado and it works great!
Scott Grey posted 01-12-2007 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
where should i inquire about one of these, through the dealer or order online somewhere.
podosky posted 01-12-2007 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for podosky  Send Email to podosky     
I purchased it at the dealer. Mike
mfclapp posted 01-12-2007 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
You may want to look at this site. They work.

Tight Lines
Big Red

podosky posted 01-12-2007 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for podosky  Send Email to podosky     
Very similar to the Mercury part which also uses the main engine tilt rod.
Scott Grey posted 01-14-2007 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
podosky, Do you have a part number or the exact name of the red sleeve? No one seems to know anything about it. Also do you know how much it was?
podosky posted 01-14-2007 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for podosky  Send Email to podosky     
It is called a "Trailering Clip", part number 833006A 1, cost$18.46
Scott Grey posted 01-14-2007 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
Podoski, i will check with my dealer tomarrow, thanks for the info
Scott Grey posted 01-15-2007 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
I talked to the dealer about this piece but they had no idea what i was talking about and i didn't write the part number down. I got the part number now and will talk to them in the morning.
podosky posted 01-15-2007 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for podosky  Send Email to podosky     
Scott: It must be a common part, as all the Whalers at a show we went to last weekend had them. The dealer must have placed them on the boats prior to trailering them to the show. Mike
Jordi posted 01-16-2007 07:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi  Send Email to Jordi     
Do you know if this "Trailering Clip" fits the Mercury 135 Optimax? (or is it for Verados only)
podosky posted 01-16-2007 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for podosky  Send Email to podosky     
It clips on the main engine tilt rod which I assume may be the same diameter on both engines. The part is listed on the Mercury website.
bluewaterpirate posted 01-16-2007 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
This is a second vendor product designed for Optimax motors.
Picture show below as installed on my Whaler/Opti.


Scott Grey posted 01-16-2007 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
I talked to my dealer today and gave them the part number and still they could not find it. They called mercury with the part number and there was a digit missing in the part number. Somehow when i wrote the number down i missed the letter A out of the part number. Long story short they found it and i will order it today. It suprised me that no one there has even seen or heard of this part. My dealer braggs about how "up" they are on the verado. For as little as it costs i think it should come standard with the motor.
Thanks again Podosky
Shrdlu posted 01-17-2007 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Shrdlu  Send Email to Shrdlu     
The Mercury Parts website says this trailering clip, No. 833006A 1:

"Fits Mercury / Mariner V-6 engines with Design II (3 ram) power trim systems."

Would this include the larger Verados, which are inline 6s?

Chuck Tribolet posted 01-18-2007 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
And does it include ca. 2004 90HP 4-stoke Mercs?
I've got a buddy with one, and he uses that silly sheet
metal widget on the motor.


PMUCCIOLO posted 01-18-2007 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO
Mambo Minnow posted 01-21-2007 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
I got my Quicksilver part numbered. sleeve from Lighthouse Marine up in Jacksonville. It's a simple plastic sleeve that clips onto your stainless hydraulic tilt ram. The My-Wedge brand product is a similar after market part. These should be easier for you to find in stock with all the bass boats with heavy Optimaxes hung on a small transom.
Scott Grey posted 01-22-2007 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
I orderd the mercury sleeve last week and got it on friday for $21.00 plus tax. Money Well Spent. I don't know why they don't just supply it with the motor, it's a piece of plastic extrusion cut to length. It can't cost more than a few dollars to manufacture this part.
Alex K posted 01-23-2007 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Alex K  Send Email to Alex K     
everything mentioned above is excellent advice and takes the stress from the tilt system of your outboard. But in your initial post your concern was more the stress on the transom if I got you right. For that purpose I think the kind of transom saver that is connected to the trailer is what you look for. If you do a search for "transom saver" you'll find lots of info.

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