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whalertim posted 04-29-2001 08:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalertim   Send Email to whalertim  
Question? I purchased a 8hp outboard for my Montauk today to use as a kicker. My question is how long of a shaft does a kicker motor need to be on a Montauk?
Thanks Tim Heath NC
whalertim posted 04-29-2001 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I jumped the gun guys. I looked back on past post and found almost everything I needed. It pays once in awhile to look before you leap. Me anyway.
Dick posted 04-29-2001 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
It should be a 20" shaft and mounted on the stbd transom. Use Tempos rubber transom protector so the gel coat doesn't get mared up.

Let me know how it works out. I have been thinking of a 5 or 6 for my Montauk for trolling.


whalertim posted 04-29-2001 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Well I guess I will have to do something different Dick. I just went outside and measured the shaft. Guess what? 16in. I got a good deal on the motor but it won't work on my Montauk.
whalertim posted 04-29-2001 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
that makes twice in the same day.(jumping the gun)
Tsuriki BW posted 04-29-2001 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Maybe not.. Dick, will it work with a different mount?

Don't give up yet.


Dick posted 04-29-2001 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The only way a short shaft will work is with an auxillery motor mount. It takes some creative shimming to mount one on a Montauk but it can be done.
Garelick makes a variety of motor mounts for flat transoms, you just have to shim the outboard side so the bracket thinks the transom is flat.
whalertim posted 04-30-2001 07:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I thought about a kicker bracket, but I hate to drill a hole in my boat. I have a VHF ant. in my barn that was given to me. I just refuse to drill a hole in my boat to mount it. I'm waiting till I get a ratchet mount for the rail. I guess a motor bracket will work, but I will just have to do some investigating on brackets. That maybe a good idea for a new thread with pics. Kickers and Brackets. Just my 2 cents.
Tim Heath NC
Tom W Clark posted 04-30-2001 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Do not be affraid to drill holes! It's part of life and they can be patched. Now, having said that, I really think you will be happier without an auxiliary motor bracket. The easiest thing to do would be to buy a shaft extension kit for you motor to convert it into a 20". These kits, which usually consist of a longer drive shaft, mid section extention and longer water tube, cost about $100-$150 and are easy to install.

After converting your motor (or buying an other, 20" motor) clamp it directly onto the transom as Boston Whaler recommends. No pad! If the motor has an extra set of bolt holes, drill the transom and use these. I don't know about the Mercs but the OMC motors have a provision for 1/4" bolts for more permanent installations.

whalertim posted 04-30-2001 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I just contacted a johnson dealer, He want 182.00 for a converson kit. I think I will call around and get another price.
Tim NC
alvispollard posted 04-30-2001 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
I have the 2001 Yamaha T8 high thrust 4 stroke on my montauk. Weighs 83 lbs. and pushes it 6-7 mph. Great for slow trolling and backup to 100 mariner. I use the Tempo rubber and have it mounted on port side due to handle being on the left of motor. High recommend it.

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