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Old 02-01-2016, 11:03 PM   #1
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So I'm making a big change going from a gatortax with a surface drive to running a 1860 with a 90hp Mercury to fit My hunting style better. Question is does anybody use a transom saver with their outboards. I have read a lot of different article with pros and cons of using one. Anyone with personal experience using one have any reasons for or against. Not use to running an outboard so just trying to cover my bases and not ruin a brand new boat. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:26 AM   #2
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I'd get one if I were you. The weight of that motor and bouncing around puts a lot of stress on the transom. Within the first year of owning my boat I had to weld cracks in the transom from the motor bouncing around whenever I hit a pothole or any roughy spot in the road. Going on 13 years using a transom saver and no more cracks.
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I always use one with my outboard and it's only a 25. But it's a heavy four stoke. I don't really see any cons other than if you get caught in the rain while you're rigging your trailer up.
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I can't think of any reason to not use 1 other than the fact that they're kinda expensive, but there's a whole lot of reasons to use 1.
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So there wasn't one on it when you bought it? I have used one since I jumped motor sizes from 25 to a 40. Those are long gone and now and the bought I bought with a 60 had one on it also. I'd like to hear the con's that you've heard because I can't think of one. Unless it's not set up well and you have to lay down on the ground to get it set on the trailer
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I bought one of these 3 years ago....one of the best purchases I've ever made. No more fumbling around under the trailer. This thing is really slick.

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I always used one, takes the shock off your trim cylinder, and should trim cylinder leak down while on trailer may save your lower unit. If your motor doesn't have trim, I'd still use one. Also make sure bunks on trailer run out past transom a inch or two. Seen more rigs develop hooks in hull from improper trailer fit than anything done to them in water. I also make sure the bunks are in good shape and not bowed.
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I always used one, takes the shock off your trim cylinder, and should trim cylinder leak down while on trailer may save your lower unit. If your motor doesn't have trim, I'd still use one. Also make sure bunks on trailer run out past transom a inch or two. Seen more rigs develop hooks in hull from improper trailer fit than anything done to them in water. I also make sure the bunks are in good shape and not bowed.
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:48 PM   #9
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What I had read was saying that Mercury recommends trailering with motor vertically. Just don't have any experience with them so was wondering if one was really "needed". Didn't order one when I ordered the boat, trying to keep down cost and just pay cash for all my accessories once it gets built. Will probly be buying one and installing when it shows up next month. Thanks for the input
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:59 PM   #10
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I got a tracker grizzly with a 75 on and I use one and my buddy has a sea ark with a 90 and never used one... this last summer we noticed cracks in his sea ark and my cheapo grizzly still holding strong.... to each there own
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I think to not use one on that size motor is pretty foolish. If you trailer that motor vertically you won't have a skeg or lower unit on that motor for very long.
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I have a different take on this. I run a Johnson 30hp on a 1648 Lowe and trailer vertical. Yes I have had a couple cracks here's the issue this is my second 1648 and first one never cracked. The differance is first one was short 15 inch transom the second one 20 inch transom.
I believe first boat was of better grade of metal. If I had a larger motor I would use one but not for a 30hp two cycle motor.
I also had crack develop where a rod holder was installed so It might just be I weakened it. Just FYI I use to trailer all over SD walleye fishing putting on thousands of miles a year.
Now for the Tip of the Day check your Trailer tires every month for correct pressure, in 38 years I never have had a flat tire on my boat trailer. I wish I could say that with other friends boat trailers.
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I bought this one http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B...ilpage_o01_s01
It was easy to install and if you use the bolt on portion you wont have to worry about it falling off on a rough road.
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