Transom saver alternatives

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by AfterHours2, May 6, 2012.

  1. AfterHours2

    AfterHours2 Stripper in my own Mind!

    I'm sure some of you have the same dilemma I do with the smaller motors. My trailer does not allow me to use the standard transom saver to trailer the motor in the up position. I have no PT&T, and do not like the idea of using the Yamaha tilt lock unless there is another way to support it. I'm trying to avoid fabricating/welding a bracket to the trailer so the traditional style will work. Any ingenious alternatives? Problem is my roller in the rear will not allow the C-shaped section of the transom saver to mount to. The boat sits right on the roller when loaded. Thx!
  2. Frank_Sebastian

    Frank_Sebastian Well-Known Member

    Reverting to the past I will try to explain how we did it in "the old days".

    A 2"X4" block of wood covered with carpet (like we used for bunks) was fitted with eye screws. it was placed under the engine (between engine and bracket) to keep it partly tilted. It was held in place with bungee cord with a snap hook on one end and fastened to the other eye screw permanently. The lower unit was tied down to the trailer frame with a piece of small rope to control bounce.

    We had to used stiffer trailers then so it was a must in many cases.


  3. AfterHours2

    AfterHours2 Stripper in my own Mind!

    Any other ideas? My JP is not in operation so the motor sits really low with the drop axle trailer. If I try and lock the motor up, it usually has a ton of flex going down the highway. Thx...
  4. Izzy11

    Izzy11 Backwater boy for life

    Use ratcheting straps. Go from one side of the backside of your trailer around the skeg and to the other side of the trailer. It will keep your motor from bouncing around.