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Transom savers #12783625
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Condundrum: I have always used a basic "transom saver". From back roller of trailer to motor type brackets. It seems to me those support the motor and mainly the transom better. Just bought a 2014 Legend Alpha 191 with a 200 ProXS with hydraulic steering. First time for me with hydraulic. Previous owner had one single white Yamaha sleeve style bracket (8" long and 2" diameter) that slides over the tilt/trim shaft, and two brackets that snap onto your hydraulic arms to prevent the motor from swinging side to side. I didn't like the single sleeve so when I took my boat to a local shop to get some minor work done I asked the mechanic. He said the snap on brackets were very bad for the motor and did not like the single sleeve. He recommended the motor mate. I bought one, took off the little snap on brackets and it seems very stable, but to me still doesn't prevent pressure/tension on the transom itself. Called Pete at Legend and he recommended the old style I used to use. Anyone had issues with the motor mate and transom/motor problems?


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Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783661
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Re: Transom savers [Re: Frank the Tank] #12783664
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Originally Posted By: Frank the Tank
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Beat me to it, I use a Motormate, and I'm happy with it, that's all I got
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Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783691
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No problems for me and I used motormate when they first came out and now use a prorule. I don’t think your motor will bounce around any more on the road that it does in rough water.

Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783709
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I’ve never used a transom saver once in my life. My boat is 18 years old

Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783713
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Transom savers are horribly misnamed.

Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783721
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I use the pro rule transom saver that came with the boat.
whats the difference between the beating your transom takes in rough water or other boat wake while underway compared to it sitting on the trailer going down the highway.

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Re: Transom savers [Re: Mark Perry] #12783737
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Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
Transom savers are horribly misnamed.


Why Mark? I would think for those of you who say it takes the same beating on the lake as on the highway I humbly disagree. I'm not engineer, so take these with a huge grain of salt. I don't run my boat with the motor on the lake at the same angle it has when lifted when towing. Also, possibly the water helps buoy the motor to a very small degree. Just looking for a definitive answer (if there is one) since I got two very different answers...one from boat manufacturer, one from a guy who repairs boat manufacturers stuff. Do boat manufacturers require one for warranty?


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Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783740
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Been using the old style for 30 years, never a problem.

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Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783747
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Originally Posted By: fivebites
Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
Transom savers are horribly misnamed.


Why Mark? I would think for those of you who say it takes the same beating on the lake as on the highway I humbly disagree. I'm not engineer, so take these with a huge grain of salt. I don't run my boat with the motor on the lake at the same angle it has when lifted when towing. Also, possibly the water helps buoy the motor to a very small degree. Just looking for a definitive answer (if there is one) since I got two very different answers...one from boat manufacturer, one from a guy who repairs boat manufacturers stuff. Do boat manufacturers require one for warranty?


My own opinion is that small little piece of aluminum tubing on old style transom saversis not holding up the weight of the motor off the transom. In addition when you place it on the trailer and attach it to your lower unit you are now transferring all the bumps and such from the road up to your motor.

You can trim your motor up a bit and pretty well place all your weight on it and its not going down. I'm not convinced they take any weight off of the transom whatsoever nor do they keep the motor from bouncing up.

Re: Transom savers [Re: SKEETER_MAN_225] #12783752
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Originally Posted By: SKEETER_MAN_225

whats the difference between the beating your transom takes in rough water or other boat wake while underway compared to it sitting on the trailer going down the highway.


I would think that the leverage the engine imposes on the transom while going down the HWY is completely different than compared to Take Off or Rough water, your engine is resting at roughly a 45* angle from the transom while going down the HWY, with the lower unit being approx. 2 - 2.5' away from the transom, where as your engine is pretty much vertical with the transom, and the lower unit is directly below, imposing completely different forces. Hell I don't know! LOL!


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I always see transom savers on the highways leading to and from lakes.. I have seen 3 this year alone... funny.

Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783790
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Never knew this was such a hotly debated topic on here. I use the Motormate just because it made me feel good having something brace the motor. No idea if it does a damn thing but I use it every time I put my boat on the trailer. Maybe transom savers are the Hydrowave of the back of the boat.


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Originally Posted By: Stickchunker
Originally Posted By: SKEETER_MAN_225

whats the difference between the beating your transom takes in rough water or other boat wake while underway compared to it sitting on the trailer going down the highway.


I would think that the leverage the engine imposes on the transom while going down the HWY is completely different than compared to Take Off or Rough water, your engine is resting at roughly a 45* angle from the transom while going down the HWY, with the lower unit being approx. 2 - 2.5' away from the transom, where as your engine is pretty much vertical with the transom, and the lower unit is directly below, imposing completely different forces. Hell I don't know! LOL!


exactly I don't know either lol and don't lose sleep over it but i'm surprised there has not been a study done on it.


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Re: Transom savers [Re: fivebites] #12783938
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Surely there has been some kind of study on it. More than likely the people who designed and marketing them! Ok, you smart guys and engineers (def not me!), what's the story? Boat dealers/manufacturers? Let's hear it. Pete at Legend says use the old school. For you guys that are buying brand new boats, any suggestions/demands from the dealers re warranty ect?


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