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      Transom Saver

      My new Lund has the conventional transom saver that attaches to the boat trailer then the lower unit sits snug in the V. Wondering tho if this type of transom saver is more effective/less harmful over the life of the boat than say using a MyWedge type saver on the hydraulic rod? Have seen quite a few of both...just wondered what others thought? Thanks gents...

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      Is there any reason not to use a transom saver or one of those wedges? I have seen a lot of really nice boats from Lunds to sparkly Rangers with no transom saver to be seen. Seen it a lot more out in WY than anywhere else. Any reason for this rather than people who don’t take care of their stuff?

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      I use the 3 piece wedge system on my merc 150. Keeps the motor straight and supported I like it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Migrator Man View Post
      Is there any reason not to use a transom saver or one of those wedges? I have seen a lot of really nice boats from Lunds to sparkly Rangers with no transom saver to be seen. Seen it a lot more out in WY than anywhere else. Any reason for this rather than people who don’t take care of their stuff?
      Everything I've read seems to imply if you have enough clearance between your skeg and the road during trailering with the motor trimmed down, you don't need any type of transom saver...but if motor must be trailered trimmed up some, best to use something. Suppose every boat/motor/set up is different tho...

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      Get the My Wedge rubber boat motor support and throw the galvanized transom saver in the garbage.

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      I've "heard" that newer boats have a strong enough transom to not need any type of transom "saving" but I am skeptical. I suppose if you trade boats before they get 5-10 years old you'll never have it long enough to see a problem. I also don't understand how that wedge can displace any pressure from the transom so I still prefer one that goes from the lower unit to the trailer. I recently replaced my Attwood transom saver, which kept marking the lower unit badly with the bolt heads inside the rubber pads, with a transom saver that has a large rubber V. So far I like it.

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      It would seem to me that the My Wedge and your standard transom savers are of such different design they are each hoping to prevent different problems. The My Wedge in no way, shape, or form does anything to protect your transom from the weight stresses put on your transom from a motor, it does though help protect your lift/trim hydraulics from having to endure the abuse of a bouncing motor. I suppose it being rubber the shock absorber effect is in play, but the transom is still supporting the full weight and torque of a non-vertical motor.

      The transom saver though does actually transfer some of the engine's weight (shouldn't be much though) and nearly all of the torque inflicted on a transom to some stable point on the trailer frame. In order to properly use a transom save though, one must also snug the boat to the trailer using transom straps. Otherwise you may be defeating the purpose.

      At least, that's my take on the physics at play with these two tools. I use the transom save on my Lund with a Yamaha motor, but the Toon's Mercury is left hanging on the Toon's transom, in a near vertical position. Maybe I should get a wedge for it as there is no place to mount a transom saver on the Toon/trailer combo.

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      1.Raise up motor.
      2. Slide 4x4 block into gap.
      3. Lower motor onto block.
      4. Voila! Transom saver.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
      It would seem to me that the My Wedge and your standard transom savers are of such different design they are each hoping to prevent different problems. The My Wedge in no way, shape, or form does anything to prevent your transom from the weight stresses put on your transom from a motor, it does though help protect your lift/trim hydraulics from having to endure the abuse of a bouncing motor. I suppose it being rubber the shock absorber effect is in play, but the transom is still supporting the full weight and torque of a non-vertical motor.

      The transom saver though does actually transfer some of the engine's weight (shouldn't be much though) and nearly all of the torque inflicted on a transom to some stable point on the trailer frame. In order to properly use a transom save though, one must also snug the boat to the trailer using transom straps. Otherwise you may be defeating the purpose.

      At least, that's my take on the physics at play with these two tools. I use the transom save on my Lund with a Yamaha motor, but the Toon's Mercury is left hanging on the Toon's transom, in a near vertical position. Maybe I should get a wedge for it as there is no place to mount a transom saver on the Toon/trailer combo.
      Your explanation makes sense and I think you are correct, 2 different things in play. Never thought it like that. Thanks!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
      It would seem to me that the My Wedge and your standard transom savers are of such different design they are each hoping to prevent different problems. The My Wedge in no way, shape, or form does anything to prevent your transom from the weight stresses put on your transom from a motor, it does though help protect your lift/trim hydraulics from having to endure the abuse of a bouncing motor. I suppose it being rubber the shock absorber effect is in play, but the transom is still supporting the full weight and torque of a non-vertical motor.

      The transom saver though does actually transfer some of the engine's weight (shouldn't be much though) and nearly all of the torque inflicted on a transom to some stable point on the trailer frame. In order to properly use a transom save though, one must also snug the boat to the trailer using transom straps. Otherwise you may be defeating the purpose.

      At least, that's my take on the physics at play with these two tools. I use the transom save on my Lund with a Yamaha motor, but the Toon's Mercury is left hanging on the Toon's transom, in a near vertical position. Maybe I should get a wedge for it as there is no place to mount a transom saver on the Toon/trailer combo.
      Yeah that "My Wedge" thingy isn't doing anything to help the transom of the boat. The boat transom is still carrying all of the weight from the engine. My first boat had a 115 on it and I never used a transom support, never had any issues. The boat I have now has a 75 on it and it has a transom saver attached to the trailer. Not sure its necessary though. The way some of these boats take a pounding on the water I'd expect more damage to occur then on the road.

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      I suppose I should vouch better for the transom saver based on experience. I launched my Lund Fisherman with Yam 115 4S along with the boat trailer almost 4 feet in the air a couple summers ago while running over the spare tire after its carrier came apart on some washboard roads. Straps held the boat to the trailer and the transom saver was still in place after that fall from the sky. Two small dings in the hull where the trailer fenders hit the outside rib on the hull, but no issues with either the motor or the transom afterwards.

      Note #2, maybe 6-7 years earlier I had done something similar when the boat and trailer went airborne after hitting a porcupine, again...no damage to the boat/motor, but did have to get trailer fenders and a new axle after that incident as well.

      So yeah, I like my transom savers.


      I suppose I should stop using them so I can get my insurance company to buy me a new boat the next time this one goes airborne.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
      I suppose I should vouch better for the transom saver based on experience. I launched my Lund Fisherman with Yam 115 4S along with the boat trailer almost 4 feet in the air a couple summers ago while running over the spare tire after its carrier came apart on some washboard roads. Straps held the boat to the trailer and the transom saver was still in place after that fall from the sky. Two small dings in the hull where the trailer fenders hit the outside rib on the hull, but no issues with either the motor or the transom afterwards.

      Note #2, maybe 6-7 years earlier I had done something similar when the boat and trailer went airborne after hitting a porcupine, again...no damage to the boat/motor, but did have to get trailer fenders and a new axle after that incident as well.

      So yeah, I like my transom savers.


      I suppose I should stop using them so I can get my insurance company to buy me a new boat the next time this one goes airborne.
      Jeeze Allen...did you piss off the boating gods or what...good lord man...your life "experiences" would make a hell of a coffee table book!!!

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      Quote Originally Posted by ndfinfan View Post
      Jeeze Allen...did you piss off the boating gods or what...good lord man...your life "experiences" would make a hell of a coffee table book!!!
      There are times I am reasonably sure someone hates me, then again...I put an awful lot of miles on my equipment each year. So there's a certain amount of ShiPO that happens based on that alone.

      ShiPO = Shit Happens, Poop Occurs and life goes on

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      They can also be a motor saver if your trailer comes off of the ball and gets on the safety chains.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
      There are times I am reasonably sure someone hates me, then again...I put an awful lot of miles on my equipment each year. So there's a certain amount of ShiPO that happens based on that alone.

      ShiPO = Shit Happens, Poop Occurs and life goes on
      Well said Sir...well said!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
      I suppose I should vouch better for the transom saver based on experience. I launched my Lund Fisherman with Yam 115 4S along with the boat trailer almost 4 feet in the air a couple summers ago while running over the spare tire after its carrier came apart on some washboard roads. Straps held the boat to the trailer and the transom saver was still in place after that fall from the sky. Two small dings in the hull where the trailer fenders hit the outside rib on the hull, but no issues with either the motor or the transom afterwards.

      Note #2, maybe 6-7 years earlier I had done something similar when the boat and trailer went airborne after hitting a porcupine, again...no damage to the boat/motor, but did have to get trailer fenders and a new axle after that incident as well.

      So yeah, I like my transom savers.


      I suppose I should stop using them so I can get my insurance company to buy me a new boat the next time this one goes airborne.
      Have you tried just returning the boat to the dealer and claim it was a defective boat?

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      I don’t understand why we’re so worried about transom savers when the hardest jarring that occurs on a transom is when you’re running across the lake in big waves and takeoff until the boat is on plane. To me, that’s way harder on the transom than going down the road on rubber tires....but what do I know, I’m just a doctor

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      Quote Originally Posted by Sluggo View Post
      Have you tried just returning the boat to the dealer and claim it was a defective boat?

      Heh heh heh heh heh, I never thought of that. Must be my honesty coming back to bite me in the derriere.

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      I use a My Wedge and some plastic things that snap over the steering ram to stop the motor from turning. Boat's on it's 7th season and no issues running that way so far.

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