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  • transporting an outboard motor

    My first post! I hope everyone is having a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

    I've just acquired a 1981 Johnson 15hp motor and a 1954 14' aluminum fishing boat. During the 8 hr drive to our fishing destination next week, I'm surmising that it's best for the transom to not have the motor constantly torquing on it. If that's true, is it best to put the motor in the back of my tow vehicle, and if so, should I lay the motor on it's left or right side, or other?


  • #2
    Re: transporting an outboard motor

    it's okay to keep the motor on the transom, just make sure that the motor is way clear of the ground, when towing, so you don't bark your skeg.
    sigpicVice Admiral Zephyr

    1941 Johnson HD-20 (in restoration)
    1947 Sea King 5hp
    1948 Evinrude Sportsman
    1949 Martin "40"
    1951 Evinrude Fastwin
    1954 Evinrude Fleetwin
    1955 Evinrude Fleetwin
    1955 Johnson JW-11
    1955 Johnson CD-12 (2)
    1955 Johnson QD-16
    1955 Johnson RD-17
    1957 Jhnson CD-14
    1957 Evinrude Big Twin
    1958 Evinrude Fisherman
    1958 Johnson FDE-12
    1959 Johnson RDSL-21B
    1974 Tanaka 1hp (screamin' drink mixer )

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    • #3
      Re: transporting an outboard motor

      If your transom is not sturdy enough for trailering, it probably is not too great for the torque of the motor while pushing the boat either. Ok, having said that, if you are uncomfortable about the motor bouncing around while trailering, simply get yourself a transom saver. Easier and better for your back than lugging the motor on and off. iboats sells them. I'll bet a lot of home made ones are running around too. A piece of wood, a saw, maybe a couple of bungees, and some imagination and creativity.

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      • #4
        Re: transporting an outboard motor

        stow the motor so that the carry handle is pointed up i personally would take it off dont like the though of it dragging the skeg but thats just me

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        • #5
          Re: transporting an outboard motor

          Put an old blanket in the bottom of the boat and lay the engine on it doesn't matter which side down, might leak alittle gas but won't hurt the engine at all.
          GO IRISH!!!!

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          • #6
            Re: transporting an outboard motor

            Thanks for the advice! I don't know that I'll have time to acquire and install a transom saver before this particular trip, but that will be my long term solution.

            I had heard that if I store the motor in a particular orientation, I'll foul the plugs. Has anyone heard of this concern?

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            • #7
              Re: transporting an outboard motor

              not with two strokes .... the four strokes will leak oil out of the crankcase and into the cylinders and this will foul the plugs

              the reason i said "with the carry handle pointed up" is because the float will keep the needle valve shut and it wont leak as bad

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              • #8
                Re: transporting an outboard motor

                Don't worry about fouling plugs, you might get some fuel leakage out of the carb if you don't run it dry. If you lay it down make sure not to lay it down on the shift handle, they break off easy if bounced on the lever. Notice how the back of the engine is flat, if you were to set it on the floor you would set it on it's back. That is the way I transport them, just make sure they cannot fall over.

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                • #9
                  Re: transporting an outboard motor

                  Fooj
                  Wallmart has transom savers For about $30.
                  Thats where I got Mine. I had to cut it down to fit My boat
                  But it works good.
                  Have fun on Your trip.
                  Steve A W

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                  • #10
                    Re: transporting an outboard motor

                    Originally posted by 5150abf View Post
                    Put an old blanket in the bottom of the boat and lay the engine on it doesn't matter which side down, might leak alittle gas but won't hurt the engine at all.
                    If you do this, shifter side always goes up, or it will break. i believe the 15 has a front mounted shifter, but still, it should not lay with the motor, unless it is completely away from the place the motor is laying on.

                    I see bunches of boats on a daily basis, going down the road with motors mounted on the transoms, so it is perfectly safe to do. Just make sure that your skeg isn't close to the ground and risk being barked on the pavement.
                    sigpicVice Admiral Zephyr

                    1941 Johnson HD-20 (in restoration)
                    1947 Sea King 5hp
                    1948 Evinrude Sportsman
                    1949 Martin "40"
                    1951 Evinrude Fastwin
                    1954 Evinrude Fleetwin
                    1955 Evinrude Fleetwin
                    1955 Johnson JW-11
                    1955 Johnson CD-12 (2)
                    1955 Johnson QD-16
                    1955 Johnson RD-17
                    1957 Jhnson CD-14
                    1957 Evinrude Big Twin
                    1958 Evinrude Fisherman
                    1958 Johnson FDE-12
                    1959 Johnson RDSL-21B
                    1974 Tanaka 1hp (screamin' drink mixer )

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