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paddyt111 posted 03-10-2008 06:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for paddyt111   Send Email to paddyt111  
Before I trailer from Florida to Canada I am looking for an engine support bracket to take the stress off the hydraulic system when towing. I need something to work with a 225 Verado. ALL the products I have read about do not work on a Verado--I've emailed them. What do you recommend I use to support the engine? Pat
jimh posted 03-10-2008 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You ought to be able to use any of those support brackets which fasten to the lower unit near the propeller. I don't see anything specific to the Verado which would prevent a bracket of that type from being used.
Milepost43 posted 03-10-2008 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Milepost43  Send Email to Milepost43     
I have been using M-Y Wedge on my Opti 225 for 3 years. Works great, no problems. For long trips, GA to PA FL I use one on each piston.
therefrigerator posted 03-10-2008 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for therefrigerator  Send Email to therefrigerator     
I bought my 200 Dauntless/175 Verado in FL and towed it back to CT. I had every intention of buying a support for the outboard but the marina that winterized the motor for me insisted it was not necessary. They told me the built in Merc support bracket was "stronger than you think". Anyhow, I towed it back with just the built in Merc support and did not have any problems. After returning, I did read in the Merc manual that they recommend the additional support when towing.
glen e posted 03-10-2008 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
the best way is milepost's way - also known as "trailering clips"....
Jordi posted 03-11-2008 07:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi    
Are you sure the "wedge" works on the Verado system?
gbcbu posted 03-11-2008 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
I have a 90 HP Merc on my "06 170 Montauk. I use the m-y wedge.
It's inexpensive and easy to install/use. Contact them through the web site and they can answer any questions about it working on your motor. In another post the owner of his "wedge" drilled a hole and attached a line to it so that he can attach it to his boat. Try a search here and you'll find much by way of discussion. Good luck
boatdryver posted 03-12-2008 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I agree with JimH. The type of "transom saver" that connects between the rear trailer crossmember and the lower unit near the gearcase area should work fine with any motor. I got mine at Cabella's. It is the type that has a crook in it in case the crossmember is recessed under the boat's transom. It attaches to the gearcase with a rubber bungee type thingy that is included. About $45.00. Very simple to install and use.

Many people with vast trailering experience think such devices are unnecessary, as the transoms of Whalers are so strong. I feel better using one myself on my Montauk with its 380 lb motor because of some very rough highways I have to use.

On my new Whaler with a Verado I am going to get another one of these gadgets. The Verado manual, not the Whaler manual, says to put the motor in a vertical position for trailering. No thanks...

My dealer said not to use the tilt lock lever on the Verado for trailering but to rely on the motor hydraulics to keep the motor tilted up while trailering. I'd rather have one of these devices as back up.


paddyt111 posted 03-12-2008 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for paddyt111  Send Email to paddyt111     
So let me see if I am getting this right. Use a bungy type device between the trailer crossmember, underneath the transom and attach it to the boot of the motor?? The aim is to stop the motor from bouncing and stressing the trailer or the hydrolics on the motor??
boatdryver posted 03-12-2008 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
No, the device is a metal tubing strut, telescopic, cross drilled with holes so you can adjust the length. the trailer end mates with an included bracket which you bolt on to the the rear crossmember. The motor end has a rubber-padded v shape which attaches to the gearcase of the motor with a bungee type thing.

West Marine model # 1208040 is just one example of this type of gizmo. Cabela' has the type I had to get, with a crook in it because on my trailer the rear crossmember is a little back under the transom of the boat.

hope this helps explain.


boatdryver posted 03-13-2008 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
paddy, here's a link to a photo of my setup:

paddyt111 posted 03-13-2008 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for paddyt111  Send Email to paddyt111     
Jim, A picture is worth a thousand words. Thank you!! I'll try and find one. Makes a lot of sense now I know what is is attempting to do.
gbcbu posted 03-15-2008 06:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
Has anyone changed from a support bracket like or similar to "boatdryver" and switched to the M-y wedge? An opinion of someone who has experienced both types would be appreciated.
Thanks and:
a) beware the Ides of March and
b) Have a Happy Saint Patrick's Day :)
Marsh posted 03-15-2008 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
I switched to the M-y wedge from a transom saver like the one in the pic. They both work fine. The wedge is easier to deal with.


gbcbu posted 03-16-2008 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for gbcbu  Send Email to gbcbu     
Thanks Marsh

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