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Old 10-28-2019, 05:21 PM
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I will be trailering my Edgewater 265cc (2) 225 Yamaha's to Florida. My question, which I know people have many opinions, but should I tilt the motors all the way up ?
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No. IMHO...

I use a redneck transom saver...raise the motors enough that you can get a piece of 2X4 to rest it against when you go to lower it. I actually use 5/4" engineered deck board cut a little wider that the distance between the rams.

When I lower the motor, I hold the board against the rams, perfect spot to hold the motors up but not too high.

You can get fancy and buy the tubes that drop down over the rams...will do the same thing..
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Check with the manufacturer of your engines for the best advice. Some say up, some will us a trailer lock, some a wedge type device. If I remember correctly, Yams either need what was posted above, or a wedge type device.
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Leave the engine turned to one side, to avoid stress on the hydraulic system. I have usually used the wood brace--but have also used a "Transom Saver" strut to the trailer, and one of the hard rubber MY wedge. Currently my boat allows me to trailer with the motor fully down. A lot easier
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I have the tubes that clip over the rams but have used a piece of wood in the past; either works fine. But if the boat has a jackplate I trim the motors down and the jackplate up.
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Get M-y wedges for both engines.
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My '06 Johnson 115 has a transom saver built in that flips down into a notch on the mount. It also has a smaller rolling block that rotates down on to the top of the transom that holds the motor up higher.
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Originally Posted by Rm1387 View Post
I will be trailering my Edgewater 265cc (2) 225 Yamaha's to Florida. My question, which I know people have many opinions, but should I tilt the motors all the way up ?
It all depends on your configuration. I would imagine for that size boat, that you have sufficient clearance to leave your engines down. I trailer with mine down all the time, as there is plenty of clearance on my trailer.

It's usually the smaller boats and trailers that need to tilt them up.
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Please forgive me if this question seems silly as that is not my intent. Is the concern for the hydraulics on the trim system, the transom or both? My Mercury has a lock once the motor is tilted all the way up which takes the pressure off of the trim system but certainly not the transom.

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I don't think anything can take the pressure off the transom, other then removing the motors. I was thinking if I tilted the motors all the way and used the latch that would take the pressure off the hydraulics . Then there are items to attach to the rams or blocks of wood. I'm just trying to figure out whats the best and safest way.
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What TriumphRick said.
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Originally Posted by jbacc View Post
Please forgive me if this question seems silly as that is not my intent. Is the concern for the hydraulics on the trim system, the transom or both? My Mercury has a lock once the motor is tilted all the way up which takes the pressure off of the trim system but certainly not the transom.
You may want to check the manual on that lock. My Mercs also have a lock as do many other motors. However, most (if not all) manufacturers add them for use during maintenance. They are not intended to support the engine while trailering.
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is this the right way to block it?
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Not an expert by any means but this is my thoughts on this, if you trim them all the way up the weight of the motor(s) is over the transom where they typically never are (unless at rest on a mooring) with the trailer going down the road hitting some bumps pot holes etc. that is a lot of weight and what I would call backwards positioning on the transom and engine brackets.
I have always trimmed mine up a bit to make sure the bottom of the skegs clear the lowest part of the trailer, if you are going to hit something it will more than likely hit the trailer first. Regarding using a wedge or tube etc to keep pressure off the hydraulics, I dont see the need for that as when in forward gear moving the boat along on plane the amount of force on the rams is huge. The motors are pushing down on them constantly and they are made for that.
Think of running at 4500 rpm and smooth sea's you trim up to get more boat out of the water, that is a ton of weight on the rams.
I would not recommend going 4 wheelin' the the motors resting on the rams, but it will not hurt them going down the highway. Typically the side mounted lock in the up position arm is for doing maintenance, a few good road bounces and I could see that snapping
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This is the arms that rotate down on my 115 Johnson for holding the motor about halfway up for trailering. There is also a small cam like block that rotates down and holds the motor almost at the top of it's range for maintenance.


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If your motors can be trailered in the down position or almost down that is the best way, less bounce and fatigue as long as the skews have good clearance.

I lower my twins down till the start in the slow trim range and trailer them in that position. In 35 plus years of towing boats (7 of them for a living, everyday) never an issue..
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Originally Posted by KeithS View Post
This is the arms that rotate down on my 115 Johnson for holding the motor about halfway up for trailering. There is also a small cam like block that rotates down and holds the motor almost at the top of it's range for maintenance.

Other manufacturers don't use big beefy brackets like OMC/Evinrude did/does. The smallish stamped metal arms on many Yamahas aren't designed for anything but maintenance and certainly can bend while trailering.
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I trailer my 175 ETec with the brackets like in the pictures that KeithS posted. Whether they are made for that or not, I do not know.
I think a block of wood would allow a bit of cushion in there in case of a bump.
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After reading all the opinions I have decided to turn the motors to one side and lower the motors until they contact the trim rams. A good point was made as compared to the motors running at trim , trailering shouldn't put nearly the stress on the systems. I wish that Yamaha would have a trailer lock out but they don't . again as usual a lot of good information.
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When I had an OMC, I used the bracket.

I have a Yamaha now and use a block of wood. I put the wood below the trim rams, not above like in Rm1387's picture

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