Boat Transom Saver Alternatives

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Boat Transom Saver Alternatives
There are less expensive alternatives that substitute for a boat's transom saver. (boat image by Penny Williams from

Whether a boat needs a transom saver or not is a topic that boating enthusiasts discuss with interest. A transom saver is a piece that protects the boat's transom from the pressure that the boat's lifted outboard puts on it. This is particularly useful while trailering on rough roads. Boat owners have come up with some boat transom saver alternatives.

M-Y Wedge

The M-Y wedge is a piece of rubber with a wedge in between that fits over the boat's piston. This provides a soft platform for the motor when it is tilted down. This is especially useful while taking the boat on rough roads.

PVC Pipe

Other boat owners have tried to use a PVC pipe as an alternative for the transom saver. This requires placing the pipe between the boat's motor bracket and motor shaft by tilting up the motor. You could also use two smaller pieces of PVC pipe instead of one big piece, placing them over the boat's trim piston rods.

Case for Transom Saver

There are those who go with less expensive alternatives to the transom saver, making the argument that transom savers sell based on marketing and that cheaper alternatives are just as good. However, there are also those who don't believe a substitute is acceptable. After spending a lot of money to buy a boat, the latter camp doesn't believe in being pennywise and pound foolish by saving a few bucks on a transom saver. While moving the boat on a trailer particularly, the weight of the boat's motor creates a sharp force when it hits the transom. As this happens a few times over the course of some years, it is likely to lead to cracking from stress. A well-designed transom saver prevents such force from being transmitted to the transom, in a way that cheaper alternatives cannot.

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