Trailering the outboard motor

I am of the opinion that the worse abuse inflicted on outboard motors is when they are trailered across the land as we trailer our boats.   Motors left on the boat’s transom are bounced, bumped and bashed.  Most boats, like the Sage 17, can take the weight and motion of the outboard on the transom while going down the road … the motor cannot.  Think how the motor’s components are being jarred as the trailer hits a bump.  It is important to note that the motor is at the location where the most bouncing and bumping occurs.

Because a motor may be damaged when ‘trailered’ Sage Marine recommends you remove the motor from the boat’s transom during transport.  Now … where to put the motor?

Most folks choose to put the motor in the tow vehicle.  For non-truck owners this means the trunk or behind the back seat.  Outboards are smelly things prone to leaking oil and gas and this transport solution isn’t the best.

Another consideration, even for truck owners, is outboards really don’t like being stored on their sides.  For many motors storing the motor on the ‘wrong side’ will result in significant motor damage.

So what is one to do?  Sage Marine developed the Trailer Motor Mount to avoid the issue outlined above. The Sage Marine Trailer Motor Mount allows you to mount your outboard securely on the boat trailer’s mast and winch post. No more smells and mess from the outboard in the tow vehicle!

The motor mount is designed to work with many sized winch/mast posts.

The motor mount is designed to work with many sized winch/mast posts.

mounting

Easy to install … the only tool needed is a wrench!

U-bolts hold the mount securely to the trailer.

U-bolts hold the mount securely to the trailer.

The Trailer Motor Mount also holds the motor in orientation like you set the motor when sailing thus avoiding damage (see picture below).  Even better the Trailer Motor Mount being near the vehicle hitch means the motor isn’t experiencing the extreme bouncing and banging at the boat’s transom.

Honda 2HP outboard on the Sage Marine Trailer Motor Mount.

Honda 2HP outboard on the Sage Marine Trailer Motor Mount.

The motor is secured with both the motor’s clamps and a line/rope.

lip and tightrope motor

For extra security one can put a padlock on the motor’s clamps.  Another option is having a welding shop secure the Trailer Motor Mount to the mast & winch post.

Here are a couple more photos showing a Trailer Motor Mount installed on a boat trailer.

trailer motor mount in use on AIR BORN's, the demo Sage 17, trailer

A Trailer motor mount in use on AIR BORN’s, the demo Sage 17, trailer. This mount has been in use since 2012 and traveled about 20,000 miles.

honda 2hp short on M15 trailer

Mount installed onto a Montgomery 15 trailer.


Here is a list of motors currently using the Trailer Motor Mount –

  • Honda 2HP 4-cycle short and long shaft
  • Honda 2.3HP 4-cycle long shaft
  • Yamaha 2.5HP 4-cycle
  • LEHR propane powered 2.5HP short shaft
  • Tohatsu 3.5HP 4-cycle short & long shaft

 

– Dave

One thought on “Trailering the outboard motor

  1. I really hadn’t considered how much damage transport could do to an outboard motor, but I suspect you’re right about this. I know my friends have always just put it on its side in the truck bed, but evidently that’s not the right answer. I’ll pass this along to them for sure. Thanks for the helpful advice!

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