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Getting rid of my Transom saver . Anyideas

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I have a 22 foot Lowe and a 115 Evinrude . The rubber v-block on the transom saver keeps breaking  .I dont know if I even need one . Have  any of you come up with something different ? I saw the Wedge Motor Support that looks like it would work well . 

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There are all sorts. The wedge, Motor Mate, someone makes something that works in conjunction with the trim rods. I don't think you can go wrong with any product. For me I'll stick with the tried and true transom saver

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I got talked into a hydraulic wedge when I bought my boat last year.  I had used a transom saver for 12 years before that and was expecting to buy another one but the mechanic went into this 15 minute rant on why a wedge would work just as well, cost less, and save space so he sold me on it.  The name "transom saver" is actually a bit misleading - it doesn't really save the transom.  It serves the same purpose as a wedge does.  It supports the outboard hydraulic lift system, just in a different way than a wedge.


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My stock transom saver is too short, I think, I've rubbed the skeg when I hit a pothole... Would a wedge support work on an aluminum transom? I was under the impression that the transom saver on aluminum boat protected the transom welds as much as the motor hydraulics, so while the hydraulics are protected with a wedge, all the weight and shock absorption are still on the transom welds. 

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For almost 10 years, I've been towing a 20' Javelin with a 225 Evinrude/325 Johnson with nothing but the support built into the motor, and if I have that boat another 10 years, I will still be towing it with nothing but the built in support.  It has also made a number of trips over 1,200 miles each way. 

Before that, I've had a number of boats, with a number of OMC motors, but I've never had a transom saver.  I've bought boats with them, my Javelin came with one, but they get removed and trashed right off the bat.

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Transom savers were originally designed for outboards without hydraulic tilt/trim.

Without T/T you had two options when trailering, locked in the down position or locked in the up position.

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16 hours ago, Catt said:

Transom savers were originally designed for outboards without hydraulic tilt/trim.

Without T/T you had two options when trailering, locked in the down position or locked in the up position.

 

 

What do you do now with Tilt/Trim?

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2 minutes ago, tcbass said:

 

 

What do you do now with Tilt/Trim?

Me? I still use transom savers. ;)

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I've only had my boat a short while but the previous 2 owners said it has been used on it since it was new. Nothing's hurt so I didn't see any reason to risk anything trying to outsmart something that worked for 16yrs. 

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The boat is rated for a 150 so the lighter 115 on it should cause much stress . i,ll just use the flip up  bracket built on the motor .

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I use this: http://www.m-ywedge.com/

I broke three transom savers in three years with my old Lund Pro-V with a Johnson 150 on it...some kind of shock was getting transmitted that was causing the problem.

Went to the M-Ywedge and like it quite a bit.

I'm a belt and suspenders guy on a lot of things...so I use two instead of one...

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About the best thing Transom Saver did was to pick the name they did.  

Now, most everybody that owns a boat thinks they gotta have one because the motor is going to rip the back of my boat off going down the highway.  Which could be the furthest thing from the truth.  The stress the motor puts on a transom when starting off or just running down the lake is a helavalot greater than a motor properly balanced pivoted up.   Guarantee  you, they have destroyed tons more lower units than transom's they've saved. 

Now, I will have to say, over the years boaters have gotten the mindset they are a must have item, so a lot of manufactures have stopped putting trailing rest on their motors.   Some have a dinky "prop" under them, but they say do not use it for trailering.   Under those conditions, you are pretty much forced to use some sort of support because I don't think many prudent people would trust the hydraulics to hold the motor up booking down the road.  Don't know if BRP does now, but OMC used to tell you to use the trailering rest, it's setup to hold the motor at the right angle to place very little stress on the transom. 

If I was going to use something, it dang sure would not be a long metal rod going from the boat trailer to the lower unit on my motor so every bump in the road was hammering the crap out of my lower unit by the trailer.  Let a bridge or railroad track surprise you and you feel your trailer bounce and jerk when you cross them,  and you could be in for a big awakening the next time you see the back of your motor.  In many cases, you have more than a ton of boat being bounced around back there with the bulk of that weight on the rear of it, and don't think those tie downs are going to keep that weight locked solid so it does not move up and down on the trailer going over a big/hard bump.

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