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I read in the June/July issue of Trailering Magazine that you recommend trailering clips for outdrive boats. Do you recommend them for outboards? My boat is a 17' bass boat with a 115 hp outboard. The motor has a brace I flip down from below the cowling that fits snugly into a slot in the mounting bracket that attaches the motor to the boat. Is that enough support, or should I be looking for additional support? Doug Shamblen

Doug Shamblen

Answered on: 6/2005

GEORGE: You don't need them because the brace is designed to be used in just the way you describe. But will a trailering clip assist in making the ride safer? The answer is yes. MIKE: I would still recommend using the motor support that acts as a support between the lower unit of the motor and the trailer. This will eliminate the stress that is put on the transom of the boat. The brace that is part of the mounting bracket is beneficial to the hydraulic system, but does not eliminate any of the stress put on the transom while trailering.

The Boat Trailering Guys: Mike and George