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bboeri posted 05-06-2002 10:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for bboeri   Send Email to bboeri  
I have a 1988 Montauk that I would like to add a kicker motor to for trolling and as a safety backup. Could anyone tell me if a 20" shaft is the correct length for mounting on the transom? The motor I am interested in is a 9.9 hp Johnson. Thanks for the help.


Tom W Clark posted 05-06-2002 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Yes 20" is correct. Clamp the motor directly to the transom without the addition of any pad or mounting block. You want the clamps to dig into the gelcoat for a good grip. Use 3/8" stainless bolts and nylocks in the auxiliary bolt holes in lieu of a safety chain.

If you want the kicker to stand up straight you will have to let the outside part of the mounting bracket ride a bit above the top of the transom. You can put a shim under the outside mounting bracket to hold it level while youíre tightening the clamps. If the kicker is bolted on you wonít need the shim, though it may help during the installation.

Don Fisher posted 05-06-2002 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Don Fisher  Send Email to Don Fisher     
I use a 4 hp for my trolling motor. Saves a lot of weight on the transom and still provides the trolling needs I require. My Dad just bought a 2001 Montauk and it has a bracket on the transom for his kicker. I must admit that it is a sweet addition (although I put mine directly on the transom). Good luck!
John from Madison CT posted 05-06-2002 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Got a Tohatsu 5hp 4 stroke on the back of my Montauk, mounted directly to the transom on the starboard side. Seems to counter the port list Montauk's so commonly have.

I do have a problem with a vibration that shutters thru the hull and rails that needs to be remedied. Perhaps a nice think rubber transom pad.


scotts152001 posted 05-07-2002 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for scotts152001  Send Email to scotts152001     
Do you guys cruise with the kicker down? I tried to keep mine in the up position and it won't stay up in rough water. Any suggestions?
Tom W Clark posted 05-07-2002 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The kicker needs to be tilted up or it will rag in the water. You don't say what kind of motor you have but if it is an OMC then you need their auxiliary trailering bracket. It costs about $20.

The bracket is a simple stainless steel rod formed into a kind of square loop that you substitute for the kickerís tilt pin. When the motor is tilted up you swing this bracket into position and lower the motor onto it. It takes all the moor's weight and transfers it to the mounting bracket as if the motor were in the down position. The motor can be locked onto this bracket so no amount of bouncing and pounding will cause it to pop loose.

This is the only way to go if you run in any kind of rough water. And of course, you can use it for trailering as well.

scotts152001 posted 05-07-2002 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for scotts152001  Send Email to scotts152001     
Thanks Tom - I have a Yamaha 6 hp four stroke. I'll see if they have a similar bracket.

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