Q: Dear Boat Doctor, I just bought my first boat — an outboard-powered 24-footer. I’m also new to trailering, and I see other boats fitted with transom-support kickstand devices. Should I be using one? I was advised it would be better for my transom. Thanks!
Will Sturges Charleston, South Carolina
A: Congratulations on your new boat! Your boat is designed and built to withstand the weight of your engine plus the pull of its prop as it courses over waves. Rolling over a pothole, curb or road debris — however careful you may drive — is an eventuality that neither boat nor outboard is designed for. Use a support device such as the Transom Saver or similar. Note that the tilt-lock lever built in to your engine is for static use in the water at a slip or mooring and not for use while trailering over the road.