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Motor Rotates while towing

Discussion in 'Boats and Motors' started by Reel Lady, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Reel Lady

    Reel Lady Dreams DO come true!

    Our motor seems to want to rotate while we are towing it. I have heard that there is a product that was developed to solve this problem, but have no idea who makes it. Any ideas?
    thanks,
    Marcia
     
  2. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    Rotates...you talkin the prop, or the actual motor turns from side to side as if someone was steering it?

    If the motor is turning, you need a transom saver. You should have one of those regardless!
     

  3. Hook N Book

    Hook N Book The Original Hot Rod Staff Member

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    Leave it in gear...! :D
     
  4. Reel Lady

    Reel Lady Dreams DO come true!

    The whole moter ends up rotated to one side or the other. I'm not sure how "leaving it in gear" would solve this? :confused:
     
  5. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    transom saver will fix that, and protect your transom.
     
  6. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    are you talking about the little boat?if so,just turn it all the way to one side and tie it off with a bungy the way i do.if it's the big boat it shouldn't do that with a transom saver.


    aha,we both posted at the same time :D
     
  7. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    ahhh...i didnt realize they had a smaller boat. shows how much I pay attention ;)
     
  8. Reel Lady

    Reel Lady Dreams DO come true!

    This is for the Evinrude 225 for our Ranger. It has a transom saver.
    I've heard of these, for not better word... "Things" :) that slip over those small horizontal metal bars which would lock the motor in place to prevent it from turning. lol.. I know I'm not sounding very intelligent right now.. but lets remember that I am still somewhat a new boater :eek:
     
  9. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    Hmmm...I'm at a loss now. I can't see how it's possible for that outboard to turn with that transom saver attached correctly. That's a new one for me.
     
  10. sowbelly101

    sowbelly101 Keep'n It Reel

    are you crankin it down on the transom saver hard enough. if you dont it will rock back n forth..

    sowbelly
     
  11. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    Yeah, it sounds like you arent trimming the motor down far enough to put the weight on the transom saver to keep it anchored.
     
  12. Reel Lady

    Reel Lady Dreams DO come true!

    Hmm... well I guess tonight (we will be at the Mosquito tourney) I will have to remind Rob to really tighten it down. Is there such thing as too tight?
     
  13. sowbelly101

    sowbelly101 Keep'n It Reel

    you dont want to hold the trim button down too long. you will notice the pump strain a little, so its not to hard to figure out. what i do is grab it and try to move it after i have the motor in the t saver. i usually grab the back of the skag and try to lift it, if it dont move its not going to roll back n forth on the trailer. can also grab the motor by the cowl and see if you can move it side to side...

    sowbelly
     
  14. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    While you're holding onto the tansom saver and trimming down, you'll feel it "load up" so to speak. I trim mine down just enough to take the pressure off the transom...the saver will kinda lock in place.
     
  15. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Yeah, just lower the motor onto the transom saver a little. For a second I thought we needed an exorsist !
    Shake, your link won't work.
     
  16. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    Serisously Jim? I just clicked and it seems ok?
     
  17. Reel Lady

    Reel Lady Dreams DO come true!

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    Here is how the motor ends up looking after the boat is towed....

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    Here is that little metal bar I was referring to in an earlier post....
     
  18. Whaler

    Whaler Whaler

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    By the looks of your picture you aren't using a transom saver at all. Get one and use it and I don't think you'll run into this problem anymore.
     
  19. Hook N Book

    Hook N Book The Original Hot Rod Staff Member

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    Okay, I understand now. I thought you where refering to "Wind-milling". I had two slats on my last boat which was an I/O, they essentially functioned the say as a transom saver. From the photos you posted, I would venture to say a slat would prevent the engine from pivoting while towing it.
     
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