OK I have learned at lot hanging around here so help me settle an argument. I was taking my boat out at the boat ramp and the guy that came in behind me had a very similar rig. I am running an Alumacraft 1648 NCS Jon boat with a Honda 25 HP outboard. He has an older 14' Sears semi V-hull with a two stroke Mercury 25 HP outboard. I was on the ramp strapping down my boat while he was pulling his boat out of the water. We ended up side by side on the ramp, the last two boats at the landing, so we took some time to talk fishing, boating, motors, ect. The argument came when he started putting a transom saver on his 25 HP Mercury. He noticed that I was not using one on my rig and you would have thought that I was wearing a dress by the way he talked to me. He proceeded to tell me the transom on my boat was doomed to failure. I told him my Honda owners manual clearly stated that the engine should be trailered in the running position if there is enough road clearance. It does mention to tighten the screw that controls the pivot tension to prevent the engine from swinging back and forth. Instead I use a small ratchet strap from one rear handle to the other across the leg of the engine to prevent it from swinging back and forth. I have a high trailer and the bottom of the engine has as much ground clearance as the trailer axle so I say it is fine. I called the local dealer and he told me that without power trim and tilt the transom saver could actually damage my lower unit unless I can set it up bolted solid at the trailer end and strapped tight at the lower engine leg end. What do you all think?