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frank posted 08-17-2000 01:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for frank   Send Email to frank  
hi guys . does anyone know if a 5hp. is powerful enough to use as a kicker for an outrage 18 ? thanks >>> frank
jimh posted 08-17-2000 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would *think* that 5 HP would be enough to move the 18-Outrage at trolling speeds, provided the correct prop was used.

You might find that the stock prop is pitched too high, intended more for speedy inflatibles than slow trolling an 18-foot Whaler.

frank posted 08-17-2000 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for frank  Send Email to frank     
hi jim thanks for the response. regarding the prop ,i agree i need to find one with less pitch but my whaler dealer said that they don't make one for the 5hp. force engine . if anyone knows where i could get one i would appreciate it. thanks frank>>>
bigz posted 08-18-2000 05:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Frank, not sure but I think your stuck with the prop --- however you might give this outfit a call or email them --- very helpful I have found (the smallest Force prop they list is for the 9.9hp)---Midwest Propeller Service, Inc 1-800-237-4086 Mon-Fri 8AM to 5PM Central, and 9AM to Noon on Saturday.You can also e-mail
They can set you straight if anything might be available -- Tom

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lhg posted 08-18-2000 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think Whaler rcommended a 10 or 15hp kicker for an 18 outrage, so a 5hp would be minimal, as Jim says. A 20" shaft length is MANDATORY, however, and not many 5's have that. A standard 15" shaft length engine would be worthless on an 18, and could leave you in a bad situation should you really need the small engine to get home.
frank posted 08-18-2000 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for frank  Send Email to frank     
thanks for the responses. the 5hp. is a short shaft. i will try midwest prop. if they dont have a prop that will allow the engine to turn at its max rpm i will post the motor for sale here first... thanks frank>>>.>>>>
andygere posted 08-18-2000 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
For what it's worth, the 15 hp kicker on my Montauk moves the boat nicely, but it's not really fast. I would not want to rely on anything substantially smaller to bring me home from a long way out. If you boat in protected waters or just need a trolling motor, the 5 hp may be fine.
lpaton posted 08-21-2000 07:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
I have a 15hp Yamaha kicker on my 1996 Outrage III. I find it adds too much weight to the boat when main tank is full . (main motor is a 200hp Yamaha)
Ed Stone posted 08-21-2000 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Iapton,
What size Whaler are you pushing with that
15hp? It seems they push large sailboats
with litte kickers.I would guess there is
a lot more resistance in a power boat.
Ed Stone
lpaton posted 08-23-2000 02:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Ed Stone
1996 Outrage III is 19'-8" LOA. Weighs 2300#. Add 700#gas and 450# for 200hp Yamaha and I am pretty stern heavy. The 15 hp kicker pushes boat along fine but weighs 115#. This puts transom cut out uncomfortably close to water. I would prefer a lighter kicker.

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