MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Trailer related issues and discussion goes here.
User avatar
Ozark Mike
Posts: 9
Joined: 20 Mar 2021, 01:50
Location: Stover Missouri

MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Post by Ozark Mike »

Not sure if this is a transom saver or motor issue but while towing my Alumaweld H51 with 90hp Merc and using an Extreme Max 3001 transom saver my motor moves/flops from to one side to the other when turning. I had a square tube Atwood on this motor before and it did the same thing which makes me wonder if maybe my motor is the issue. The boat does steer very easily which I like but I’m wondering if the motor pivot tube may be the cause. I’ve had several boats/motors and never seen this happen before. Any ideas or experience with this?
Thanks
“Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God” Tony Blake

Diamonddave
Posts: 19
Joined: 09 May 2021, 18:26
Location: Fox lake Illinois

MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Post by Diamonddave »

Ozark Mike wrote: 16 May 2021, 08:56 Not sure if this is a transom saver or motor issue but while towing my Alumaweld H51 with 90hp Merc and using an Extreme Max 3001 transom saver my motor moves/flops from to one side to the other when turning. I had a square tube Atwood on this motor before and it did the same thing which makes me wonder if maybe my motor is the issue. The boat does steer very easily which I like but I’m wondering if the motor pivot tube may be the cause. I’ve had several boats/motors and never seen this happen before. Any ideas or experience with this?
Thanks
I put a ratchet strap on mine just in case

overboard
Posts: 1229
Joined: 21 Jul 2011, 10:31
10
Location: palmerton pa.

MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Post by overboard »

I have the same thing happen with a 100 Mariner on a 17' Starcraft, and a tiller 40/30 Yamaha jet, I secure the steering wheel with a bungie cord on the Starcraft which doesn't allow the motor to turn side to side, and I use a ratchet strap on the jet like Dave suggested.
I think there is a friction adjustment that can be made on some motors so they don't turn so freely, someone else may chime in on that.

MrGiggles
Posts: 612
Joined: 12 Jul 2017, 21:42
4
Location: Springfield, MO

MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Post by MrGiggles »

Ozark Mike wrote: 16 May 2021, 08:56 Not sure if this is a transom saver or motor issue but while towing my Alumaweld H51 with 90hp Merc and using an Extreme Max 3001 transom saver my motor moves/flops from to one side to the other when turning. I had a square tube Atwood on this motor before and it did the same thing which makes me wonder if maybe my motor is the issue. The boat does steer very easily which I like but I’m wondering if the motor pivot tube may be the cause. I’ve had several boats/motors and never seen this happen before. Any ideas or experience with this?
Thanks
The rubber V that holds the motor does not have enough purchase to keep it from swinging. All of my boats have done this, it doesn't really bother me that much.

Hydraulic steering or a steering lock will take care of it, and there is also the Motor Mate style of support which prevents the motor from turning while it is locked.

User avatar
LDUBS
Posts: 3515
Joined: 14 Aug 2016, 22:25
5
Location: Clayton California

MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Post by LDUBS »

overboard wrote: 16 May 2021, 11:49 I have the same thing happen with a 100 Mariner on a 17' Starcraft, and a tiller 40/30 Yamaha jet, I secure the steering wheel with a bungie cord on the Starcraft which doesn't allow the motor to turn side to side, and I use a ratchet strap on the jet like Dave suggested.
I think there is a friction adjustment that can be made on some motors so they don't turn so freely, someone else may chime in on that.

I did the same thing -- strap the steering wheel down to keep the OB straight. Easy and problem solved!
Have Rod - Will Fish

User avatar
Ozark Mike
Posts: 9
Joined: 20 Mar 2021, 01:50
Location: Stover Missouri

MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Post by Ozark Mike »

Thanks to all for your comments. Putting a bunjee on the steering wheel seems the simplest fix. It’s cheap and doesn’t cut into my fishing time or budget.
Mike
“Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God” Tony Blake

User avatar
jethro
Donor
Posts: 1254
Joined: 25 Jul 2013, 16:12
8
Location: Henniker, NH

MOTOR FLOPPING WHILE TRAILERING

Post by jethro »

Add me to the club- I use a bungee on the steering wheel attached to the throttle lever which goes in gear to prevent the wind spinning it endlessly while towing.
I fish, therefore, I am.

1993 Starcraft SF 14 DLX side console with 25 hp Mercury 2 stroke
2003 Sylvan 2100 Profish walkthrough with 150 Mercury Saltwater and 6hp Mecury 4 stroke kicker