Sailboats To Go » Outboard Motor Mounting - Importance of Trim Angle

Effect of Trim Angle When Mounting an Outboard Motor


When mounting an outboard motor or trolling motor on your canoe (or other boat), consider carefully how you set the trim angle.

If your motor is tipped back, it will tend to force the bow down into the water.   If it is tipped forward, it will force the transom down in the water and tend to lift the bow into the air.  You want a happy medium that makes the boat ride close to level with the bow only slightly lifted.


A safety rope or chain should also be used to attach the motor to the boat in case it comes loose from the motor mount or transom.



Incorrect trim angle may slow you down, waste gas or electric energy, and render your boat less stable and more vulnerable to capsizing or swamping.


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