View Full Version : The Transom Saver The Dealer & My Wife

Team M&M
04-10-2015, 01:24 AM
So we dropped our boat at the dealer to have a new trolling motor and fish finder installed. Got the call to pick it up and while we were there, the mechanic who installed the stuff is talking to me at the cab of my truck, telling me what all he did and explaining his notes on the work order. My wife is at the rear of the boat when the Manager comes out and tells her that he is shocked I don't have a transom saver on the boat. He starts telling her it's really necessary and before I know it shes inside looking at new ones as he's chatting in her ear.

I finally get away from the mechanic and tell her I just want to get the boat home and I tell the manager thanks for the great work and we start to leave. He won't stop about the transom saver and follows us outside and continues to talk to my wife about benefits. I finally just tell him I'll come back later in the week and manage to get out of there.

Now, my wife won't shut up about it, lol. She done went home, jumped on the internet and is adamant about us getting one. Well here is the deal about the whole thing. I had one when I first bought the boat in 2007 but there wasn't even a bracket on the trailer to connect it to. I had to buy a bracket separate and install it myself. I used the transom saver for about a year and all it did was mark up my lower unit a bit. One day I drove off from a lake having left the transom saver on the back of the boat and I guess it fell off along the highway but I went back and couldn't find it. That was 6-7 years ago and I've not had one on since then. truth be told, we didn't use the boat much over that time period either. Maybe 40 times in the last 6 years.

Now, about my boat and why I don't even think I need to bother with one. I have a Tracker Grizzly 1860 CC(center console) with a 50hp mercury engine. The hull of the boat has an all aluminum reinforced transom and the motor is not really a big motor. The transom is super thick solid metal, with a beam in the middle for extra toughness. I could take a sledge hammer to that thing and barely mar it up. I mean it's really thick and I just don't see how my motor bouncing around could do anything to it.

Now my dads old 14ft aluminum boat that's 25 years old and riveted has a thin transom and I can see why it cracked. It was built NO WHERE near the thickness of the one I own. On top of that, my hull has a lifetime warranty but no where in the manual does it say to put a transom saver on it. So in the event something did happen to my transom, I'm hoping Tracker would fix or replace it, but who knows when it comes to warranty work. I mostly drive on smooth roads and I think the rough water going across a lake on a windy day does more to jar the transom than my driving through the city.

I don't know, I guess I've drawn a battle line between the wife and the dealer, but I'm wondering if I should just give in and let her buy the stupid thing. I could understand if I had a 150 motor or up, but my 50hp mercury and the heavy jon boat style hull has me wondering if I'm just wasting another 30 bucks.

04-10-2015, 04:27 AM
30 bucks or listen to your wife forever when you tell her it cracked, which would be better.

04-10-2015, 05:53 PM
$30 at wally and you'll be back to blissful silence. Nufsaid.

04-10-2015, 06:07 PM
It will take a lot of stress and strain off of your tilt and trim cylinders too

04-10-2015, 06:33 PM
All you need to do is follow your boat down the road and watch that ransom flex and motor bounce. It not only takes the stress off the transom but the mounting bracket, the cylinders for trim and tilt and all the mounting components. Factory spray paint for lower unit is a lot cheaper than trim cylinders and in most cases they probably would not cover the cracks even if it's not in the writing.

Denzil Schuerenberg
04-10-2015, 06:45 PM
get the 50 dollar one you wont be sorry

04-10-2015, 06:54 PM
My buddy has a tracker. They are a pain to get warranty work done. His fills up with water has it in half a dozen times turns out out bilge pump exit is below the water line and the check valve was junk. Just saying get the transom saver

04-10-2015, 07:41 PM
Any time a wife wants her husband to buy something for his boat or anything like that do not hesitate buy the transom saver. Women can and will change their minds very quickly. I know as I am some what a professional you could say as I have been married for 40 years now.:Rofl My wife wanted the new millennium boat seats the other day and I did not hesitate it's not everyday that a wife asks for something like this.:twocents

04-10-2015, 07:51 PM
my trim cyl. on my merc 50 will leak down if i don't use the saver. if they drop far enough it will drag

gone fission
04-12-2015, 08:08 AM
Not as much stress on steering cables too. Motor toter helps keep engine from shaking side to side.

04-12-2015, 08:27 AM
I would definitely get one. Cheap insurance against any problems.

Ranger Bob
04-12-2015, 08:41 AM
Get it. Your boat will thank you & so will your wife & store manager.

04-12-2015, 09:02 AM
I would buy one just not from the dealer..That way wife is happy (happy wife , happy life) and you can get the satisfaction of not giving into a pushy dealer. That way you can keep a .500 average in the argument dept. See compromise can work..lol

04-12-2015, 09:24 AM
I use my-wedge. Never used the transom saver that came with the tracker I have. I put the wedge in the back of the boat and install it again when ready to trailer. I have used for 10 years on a tracker with a 115 mercury 4 stroke.

04-12-2015, 09:42 AM
Manager and wife are right , you need a transom saver !

04-12-2015, 11:40 AM
Yep, I just bought transom saver at Wally World!

Guy I bought my old Bass Tracker from, did NOT have one.

Recently had to replace Tilt & Trim, NOT CHEAP!!

crappies nightmare
04-12-2015, 07:13 PM
Many things the transom saver helps with just besides the transom itself as others stated.
i wouldn't be with out one!