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Alan Hiccock posted 03-18-2002 10:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for Alan Hiccock   Send Email to Alan Hiccock  
I'm considering it. I bet maybe a 6 hp. will push it along, great while Flukin is my thought, trolling too. I know theres a thread below about a 9.9 kicker kicker install with some the replys impling it would be too heavy, BUT what about a smaller gasoline kicker?
Man , wouldnt take much of an engine to move her @ trolling speeds, no ?
thanks for any help,
Alan
Samars posted 03-18-2002 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

Samars posted 03-18-2002 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Alan...have you thought about a trolling motor...my 13 footer has a 50lb thrust trolling motor and moves it along fine..even in a stiff head wind...just a thought
Alan Hiccock posted 03-18-2002 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Samars, food for thought but dont really have the room for an extra battery.
Im just considering it, wondering if it's been done & is an option even.
Alan
mudpuppy posted 03-23-2002 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Last year I tried using my 9 hp nissan as a kicker on my 87 15' Super Sport Limited (60 hp merc and 12 gal gas, two batteries), but it was too heavy, brought the stern down and dragged in the water really badly increasing the amount of time it took to get out of the hole and up onto plane. This was even with the kicker mounted on a lifting bracket to get it up out of the water when not in use.

This winter, I've moved both batteries up towards the bow by about five feet, under the dual consoles that were standard on this boat. I also changed fuel tanks to an 18 gal, but I managed to move that further forward by about a foot. I'm hoping this will help with the trim, and allow me to use the 9 hp I already have. We're going to be sharpening some hooks and taking it out for a spin any day now. So I'll post again and let you know if it works.

But I have a feeling I'll be looking to swap the 9 straight up to somebody for a 5 or even a 3.5 in good condition. The 9 came off a 14' jonboat we used for waterfowl before reoutfitting the whaler for that purpose.

Alan Hiccock posted 03-23-2002 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
mudpup,
thanks for the reply, so basiclly it's just the weight is a bit much but installing the bracket is dooable.
I'll be looking foward to your next reply and will consider the 5 hp range if I do this from the info. you allready posted, thanks, Alan
mudpuppy posted 03-23-2002 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Alan, I've also got a bow-mounted electric trolling motor, and I have used it to limp back in to the dock on a small sheltered lake when my merc impellor tore up, but it was pretty slow. No way could I use it against a tide in the wind and chop. A kicker is really added security in the event of main engine failure, and is my main reason for having one.
Alan Hiccock posted 03-23-2002 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Mudpup,
Fluke, Flukin. Im the Duke of Fluke.
Always setting up for drifts when targeting these fish.
Also trolling bunker spoons, plugs ect in front of the beaches & around the inlet, and an emergency standby also.
I'll put the 13 gal. gastank oppisite side of kicker & bracket to offset the weight.
I wonder what HP I will need for adaquite power? 4?5?6?7? ??
Ferdinando posted 03-23-2002 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
Alan:

I had a 1986 15' SS model and I used an 8 hp
Evinrude which moved this boat perfectly.

Pls remember that this boat needs a special kicker bracket due to the angled transom. You will find the plans for this bracket
in the 15' reference section. Good luck.

Fred

Alan Hiccock posted 03-24-2002 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Fred, thanks for the reply,
thought the 8 would a little heavy.
I would think she'd do the job but wonder if a 6 hp. might also, a little lighter too.
Thanks for chiming in, alan
jimh posted 03-24-2002 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Boston Whaler designed and made a special mounting bracket for adding an auxillary engine to the transom of the 15-foot hull.

You must have missed the paragraph that mentions this in the REFERENCE article about the 15-foot hull. There is also a hyperlink to this drawing which shows the details.

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/15/images/15bracket1192x794.jpeg

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