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Kelly posted 10-15-2003 02:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Kelly   Send Email to Kelly  
The motor on the tilt & trim unit for the 1994 85 hp Yamaha on my Montauk is shot. I will probably get a new outboard motor in the near future, but until I do I was thinking of just opening the relief valve and using the motor without tilt and trim capabilities. I will lift it manually to trailer and just leave it in a fixed position when using the boat. Except for slightly poorer performance, is there anything wrong with this approach. I just hate to spend the couple of hundred bucks for the trim motor when I might get a new outboard before too long. I don't use the boat that often, so while it is an inconvenience, it is not that big of a deal. If I find a good used tilt & trim motor I might put that on.

Any thoughts?


Bigshot posted 10-15-2003 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Don't worry about it, run it with relief valve loose, but DON'T remove the valve. Just set the trim bar at a good height. My 90 would not stay up so I basically ran the same way for 2 years.
Tom2697 posted 10-15-2003 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
"A boat that doesn't go in the water is called a planter." Dirt will collect in it and weeds will start to grow.

Use your boat as is. My family had quite a few boats without trim and/or tilt. There are a few instances where it might be needed (if you run aground) but it is better to use your boat than to let it sit.

If the motor still runs strong, fix the tilt and trim. It's a lot cheaper than a new motor.

Kelly posted 10-15-2003 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
Thanks, that is what I thought.


bwmenemsha posted 10-15-2003 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for bwmenemsha    
kelly, that is exactly what l am going thru for past 2 months and it works out problem is the pump...motor works great
jimp posted 10-15-2003 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Kelly -

All these guys are right. Use the boat. Tilt & trim is fairly new... last 30 years? Millions of people operated, and had FUN, without t&t for years. Yup, performance might be down a tad, but enjoy the boating.


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