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#265217 - 07/08/03 01:44 AM Transom Tilt switch  
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I installed a transom mount tilt switch on previous outboard boat which made raising/lowering motor to install transom saver much easier. I often find myself standing on trailer fender to reach switch or getting one of the kids to climb into boat to raise/lower outdrive. So, my question is, how many of you have a transom mounted tilt switch with an I/O and who added one that wasn't original? I assume it would be similar add-on as one for an outboard.


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#265218 - 07/08/03 09:29 AM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I guess you would just find the two wires that go to the 'Trailering' button and wire another switch in parallel. I can't imagine a situation where I need to raise the outdrive when I am not at the controls. For maintenance or cleaning?

#265219 - 07/08/03 09:39 AM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I bought one installed on the new boat.

Here is a link from the Crownline users web site that talks quite a bit on the issue.

Crownline web page tilt trim install


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#265220 - 07/08/03 10:36 AM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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NYRiverRat,
On previous outboard, I would need to control tilt for putting transom saver on/off. On current boat, here's short list of when I'm thinking it would be beneficial:
  • After trailering home, to lower outdrive to drain water & remove stress on drive-line
  • Before leaving for lake if I don't need to get into boat before leaving. Most of our stuff is already stowed away securely so all I need to do is hook-up trailer, drop cooler over bow & head out
  • Sometimes, I need to move boat around yard to wash it, cut grass, flush motor, etc.


Just seems like I'm often climbing on trailer fender to raise/lower outdrive. A $15 switch would make it more convenient.

Sebago Marine, that's what I did on previous outboard powered boat. I'll check out the link you provided.

Thanks guys.


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#265221 - 07/08/03 12:55 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I added one to my last boat and used it every time I had to stuff it back in the garage.
Merc sells a "kit" that includes the waterproof switch and a wiring harness that just plugs right in to your existing trim pump harness - "plug-n-play".
Chaparral also sells one that they put on their boats that I think looks a little better because it's white (mercs is black).
Either switch kit = about $50......Feeling you get when you drill a 1 1/4" hole in your boat = priceless

#265222 - 07/08/03 01:01 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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My last boat had a Honda with the trim on the engine and I really miss it sometimes with my I/O drive. I may need to check out that remote switch.


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#265223 - 07/08/03 01:21 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I put one on our 25' Maxum cruiser, and I use it ALL the time- putting the trailering clips on and off, washing the lower unit, changing the drive lube... It was a little more involved, as I had to lengthen the wires due to the distance from the mounting point to the pump, but it is ridiculously easy, just measure three times, drill once.


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#265224 - 07/08/03 01:26 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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Mercruiser sells the kit for around $50, I installed one and I wouldn't be without it. It's a "no brainer" to install. It's great when the boat is on the trailer and you are doing some maintenance or you want to run the engine on the driveway. It saves me a lot of time having to get into the cockpit everytime, especially on a 25' boat. It's also great when you're wading in in shallow water and you forgot to raise your outdrive all the way. A push of the button without having to get back in the boat. True, you won't miss having one but once you get one, you wonder how you got along without it.

#265225 - 07/08/03 01:31 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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Keith, the drilling is part I hesitate about. On my old Procraft, gunnel height was lower and I put switch under on of the hatches on the rear casting deck and tie-strapped down. No drilling required. Would be cool if there was a surface mounted switch that looked nice - only hole then would be for wires.

Lars, hadn't thought about using it when wading in shallow water.


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#265226 - 07/08/03 02:18 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I know that Scott's new Chap has a transom mounted switch. He has VP power. I don't expect the switch to be VP specific.

Hope this helps.


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#265227 - 07/08/03 02:19 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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Just as a point of interest, my outboard has one intergral to the motor.


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#265228 - 07/08/03 02:58 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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Hotbyte:

I have one on my Chaparral as part of their premium package.

I would go visit your local Glastron service guy and pick his brain. He might even have a schematic for you.

I'm not aware they offered this as an option. I know when I looked at Larson it wasn't a standard offering. And the 2 boats are very similar, but different companies.


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#265229 - 07/08/03 07:04 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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Here is the Merc Tilt switch on the Parts Express site.
Mercruiser Transom Tilt Switch

The one on the Chaps can be had by calling your local Chap dealer and asking for it. If I remember right it was a little more expensive than the Merc.

#265230 - 07/08/03 07:44 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I just wanted to add that the Mercruiser Kit mentioned above works with Volvo outdrives too. Simple unplug the harness and plug in the switch with y-connector. I installed one on my boat in 30 minutes. Very easy project and makes it very easy to raise and lower the drive especially if you trailer your boat and the boat is deep enough where a step on the trailer fender is not high enough to reach over the windsheild.

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#265231 - 07/08/03 08:08 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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West Marine has one for $19 that is very basic. It only has 18" of lead, but has potential.


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#265232 - 11/03/03 06:59 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I'd really like to add this next spring. Any other leads on a source for a white remote? Also, seems like some of the ones I've seen are small, simple switch rather than the big block Mercruiser sells. Any idea who makes those and if they are a direct "plug-in" installation like the Mercruiser? Also, seems like the latter takes only one small hole for the wire - does the Mercruiser one need a big hole drilled?

And lastly, any tips on drilling fiberglass?


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#265233 - 11/03/03 08:02 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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Best $50 I ever spent and I think I got 3 MPH out of it. \:D
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#265234 - 11/03/03 10:20 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I added one on just recently. Piece of cake easy. The Merc switch assy plugs right in. Just have to make one hole for the wire harness and two pilot holes for the mounting screws. One thing I did before drilling was connect the switch on the inside of the boat as if it were coming in from the out side and test it out. I would have hated to drill the hole and find out the switch didn't work. As far as making the hole, I used a small drill bit and then made the hole bigger as needed with a zip bit and my Dremel tool. It was a 3/4" hole and that's a hard size to find for a hole saw.


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#265235 - 11/03/03 11:41 PM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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I *love* mine. I'm already 37, and getting too old to keep climbing in and out to tilt the outdrive.

I personally never saw one in white.. but if you find a source, let me know.. I'd change mine!


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#265236 - 11/04/03 12:20 AM Re: Transom Tilt switch  
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Transom tilt switch? Now why would I want one of those when I don't even have one in the cockpit? :rolleyes:


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