boat trailering

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Old 07-28-06, 11:55 AM
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I have a 16' boat with a stern drive. Whats the proper way to tow the boat,stern drive up,down,somwhere in between?
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Old 07-28-06, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by daswede
I have a 16' boat with a stern drive. Whats the proper way to tow the boat,stern drive up,down,somwhere in between?
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Depending on your boat height on the trailer, keeping the drive up will keep you from damaging the lower unit. On the other hand, keeping the drive in the lowered position takes strain off the hydraulic system.
 
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Old 07-28-06, 12:47 PM
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i'll check out how low i can lower the drive without endagering the lower unit traveling.
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Tow the boat with the drive in the up position then use trailering supports that snap onto the trim rams, lower the drive down to the trailering supports....voila, now the drive is in the up position with no weight on the hydraulic system (this is assuming you have a stern drive that utilizes a hydraulic trim system, if you have an older OMC stringer drive, this would not apply since there is no hydraulic system for trailering).

When the boat is sitting for a prolong period, I recommend lowering the drive unit (less weight on the hydraulics, and the bellows are not stretched for the time the boat is sitting).

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Old 07-29-06, 06:22 AM
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Thanks for the tip. I'll check out the stern drive position this week-end.
 
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