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    Hey guys Im going to pick up my 221b from New Orleans and hauling it back to south Florida this weekend. I know the transom got wet and since we found it the boat hasnt been in the water. Question is what way can I use to judge the strength of the transom to know if its safe to haul it 800 miles with the motor on it or if I need to take it off and put it in bed of the truck

  • #2
    To check the transom with motor raised in up position and apply up/down pressure to rock it. Look to see if there is any flex. If in doubt you could purchase a transom support bracket which attaches to trailer and motor to help prevent movement. If motor is on bracket you might have to remove it.
    Keyman[br]Paoli, PA

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    • #3
      Keyman is spot on. You can also lower the motor which will reduce the leverage effect. If clearance is an issue, take the lower unit off since you are making a long trip.
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      Originally posted by keyman


      To check the transom with motor raised in up position and apply up/down pressure to rock it. Look to see if there is any flex. If in doubt you could purchase a transom support bracket which attaches to trailer and motor to help prevent movement. If motor is on bracket you might have to remove it.



      1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
      1985 Mako 20c - sold
      Fort Walton Beach, FL
      http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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      • #4
        After repowering it was apparent my transom was wet. I continued to run for awhile, and did get a bracket to support the motor when hauling.


        \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
        \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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        • #5
          Hes going to try to move the motor and check for flex today. Its the 221b so the motor is on a bracket also

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Wecatchin


            Hes going to try to move the motor and check for flex today. Its the 221b so the motor is on a bracket also



            I'll try and find my motor support, but I think it is length adjustable. If I can find and length is adjustable you are welcome to it. You could grab on your way; I am a quick/easy less than 2 mile detour south of I-10 in AL on your way to N.O. You would have to come up with a way to connect to trailer because I know I no longer have bracket.
            \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
            \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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            • #7
              Chuck that sounds great. So he went and tried to flex the transom and got the boat to move but no flex in the transom. He did say that theres an 1/8 separation between the transom and the bracket.

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Wecatchin


                Chuck that sounds great. So he went and tried to flex the transom and got the boat to move but no flex in the transom. He did say that theres an 1/8 separation between the transom and the bracket.



                If that's the case I would be more concerned about the trailer and tires for that haul then the transom. I will still look for bracket tonight and see if adjustable.
                \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                • #9
                  Yeah the trailer is in great shape. New tires and new brand new disk brakes. He spent $1100 on the trailer tires and brakes.

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                  • #10
                    Sorry, I looked all over my shop and cannot find that outboard support arm anywhere. I haven't used since I did my transom, but I thought I still had it.
                    \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                    • #11
                      No problem chuck I appreciate you looking. What do you guys think about the 1/8 separation between the transom and bracket?

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                      • #12
                        That should not be an issue. You could ratchet strap to the cleats for piece of mind. Will help with the bouncing if any.
                        [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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                        • #13
                          The guys have you all great advice. Hit the hubs with some fresh grease and maybe have some hub kits ready to go.
                          1984 Mako 238 WA [br]2015 Suzuki 250 APX[br]Central PA/OCMD[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35081[br]

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                          • #14
                            So I picked the boat up and drove 50miles to my dads to prep for the trip south on Sunday. After making it there I noticed that the bottom of the bracket is pushing into the transom a little bit so Im the morning the motor is coming off

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