Boat Trailering Question?

hawkplayer32

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Hey Guys,

Having my new boat and trailer Shipped on a flatbed from SC to CA. It’s a 24 hydra sport cuddy cabin with 2008 Yamaha 250. Wondering what the ideal motor position is for this type of tow.

The guy towing it Would prefer the motor down to save space on his trailer.

I know Yamaha sells a trim tilt lock that supposed to support the trim tilt motor while hauling.

Whats the best option to protect transom and motor?

thanks for your input!
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plj46

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Use that lock thing or a transom saver if it will fit.I think it's the stress on the transom that's the issue,not stress on the tilt cylinders.
 
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gecsr1

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I tow with mine up there is a manual lock lever i put in postion, then I power the motors down to snug the lock lever... never had a problem...
 

Shewillbemine

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There's a recent picture/thread from someone who used the manual levers attached to the Yamaha Outboard and they damaged the levers as well as the point of attachment.

YMMV
 

hawkplayer32

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why do you ask ? been towing like that for 15 years...
I’m just curious. I usually tow 100 miles round trip to my closest ramp and am looking for the safest option.

My old boat had a merc outboard and mercury recommended using a transom saver.
 

clevel

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If your boat is going to be loaded on a flatbed and you have the clearance to lower your motor fully then that is the best position to transport your boat. That is how all new boats from builders are transported. Upright engine position has no torque force on the transom.
 

Mickdick

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Manufacturer does not recommend traveling with motor locked with built in lever.
I use two my wedge devices, one is enough though...
 
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tsuribakagaijin

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Manufacturer does not recommend traveling with motor locked with built in lever.
I use two my wedge devices, one is enough though...
I use the Wedge for normal trailering as well, so convenient and no possible lower unit damage that some transom savers cause.

The built in locks are good for storing your boat at the marina, in the water, but they can be damaged in the bounces that come with trailering on the road.

But to answer your question, flatbed, lower the engine if there is enough clearance.
 

gecsr1

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If I had the option to tow with the motor down, I rather do that. Less stress on the tilt/trim rams.
there no stress on the rams you have the mechanical lock in place,,
 

gecsr1

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I’m just curious. I usually tow 100 miles round trip to my closest ramp and am looking for the safest option.

My old boat had a merc outboard and mercury recommended using a transom saver.
well you could add transom savers if you want can't hurt..

my general tow was round trip 60 miles... but I have a slip now...
 

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Down. We have towed Yamaha’s 10,000’s of miles in the down position with a slight rise for clearance. Sitting on the trim rams is no problem .
 
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KID CREOLE

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Down. We have towed Yamaha’s 10,000’s of miles in the down position with a slight rise for clearance. Sitting on the trim rams is no problem .
Same here, I tow with the motors down where the skeg is a foot or so off the ground
 

gecsr1

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I never used a transom saver On my 28' Aquasport with twin 225 4s yamamies.. regardless what they say...
I did on my 17' Montauk, but I towed that to Baja and down some rough dirt roads..
over and out