The functioning of a transom saver is exactly similar to its nomenclature. It is designed to safeguard your boat’s transom from being subjected to excessive stress while trailering your boat. The bass boats and smaller johnboats are more vulnerable to transom damage given their higher motor-to-boat weight ratio. The aluminium boats are also more prone to damage in the form of popped rivets and broken welds in comparison to the reinforced fiberglass transoms.
Various outboards which are trailered across the country are positioned in an “up” manner and secured in place through the powertrain lift/tilt system support. Various experts feel that the powerhead’s weight shifted forward helps in using the transom as a swivel. However, it is imperative to note here that the power tilt on an outboard is not designed for rendering support to the engine while taking trips over dirt roads and potholes. It also assists in lifting up the boat while in shallow water or while leaving the boat ramp.
Certain manufacturers recommend trailering with the motor placed in a fully vertical manner and without the requirement of any additional support. In many cases this might not be possible because of limited ground clearance making additional support mandatory. Various transom savers come with built-in spring-loaded support for eliminating the requirement of an aftermarket product. However, it is imperative to note here that the tilt bracket of the outboard has been designed for providing support to the motor during storage and maintenance. It should thus never be used for trailering.
The market is filled with various types of transom savers for catering to your specific set of requirements. The most popular type is actually a bar extending to your trailer from your outdrive. These are available either as a spring-loaded option for absorbing more road shock or a fixed shaft. There is a “V” at the motor end where the outdrive rests. The “U” at the trailer end either fits over the rear roller or features a pin which affixes the same directly with the trailer frame. In case if your outboard is accompanied with a hydraulic trim or tilt, then you need to lower the same for creating adequate pressure which can secure the bar in place. In the absence of hydraulics, a bungee cord or strap needs to be securely fastened at both ends of the transom saver for ensuring that it doesn’t fall over when the motor bounces rhetorically.
You can also install a rigid tube directly above the trim rams. These type of transom savers are extremely easy to store given its small build. All you will have to do is just trim the outboard up for installing these devices and slide the wedge over the tilt rod before trimming down the outboard unless it ensures a snug fit.