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jcdawg83 posted 05-21-2015 11:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for jcdawg83  
I notice quite a few people [participating in these discussions] have kicker motors on their boats. In the area I boat, Georgia, South Carolina, some Florida coastal areas, and Central Georgia lakes, no one has a kicker motor. Even larger center console boats with single outboards, used for offshore fishing, do not have kickers. Is there another reason for a kicker than a backup motor?
JMARTIN posted 05-21-2015 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
I would guess that most kickers are used for fishing.
contender posted 05-21-2015 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Depending [upon] where you live, some people use them for a slow troll and some people for a backup. With today's engine's dependablity. I would just have [a towing pre-agreement contract] and a good [mobile tele]phone with a charge[d battery] for a backup.
jcdawg83 posted 05-21-2015 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jcdawg83    
There must be a fishing style or species targeted that needs a trolling speed that would be best described as glacial, if an outboard at dead slow idle is too fast. My boat, a classic Montauk with a 90-HP Evinrude, at idle speed makes about 2-MPH. Even trolling live bait, that is more than slow enough to not bring the baits to the surface.

I agree: modern outboards [are] reliable enough that a good VHF radio and a cellular telephone are adequate backup for most scenarios. The only time I have ever been truly stranded offshore, I was in a boat with twin engines. We had water in the fuel. There was enough good gas in the lines and carburtors from the previous trip to get us to the inlet, and, as long as we were running going offshore, the wave action kept the fuel and water stirred up enough that the engine could run fine with a little water in the fuel. When we slowed down to start trolling and the water settled to the bottom of the tank where the pickup was, both engines shut down within a couple minutes of each other. We took both fuel filters off and they were both full of water. After we dumped them and pumped the lines back up, the engines would start in neutral as long as the throttles were advanced and the [engine spedd] stayed above 2000-RPM. As soon as we pulled back the throttles to put the engines in gear, they would die. We were in a 25' Grady White with twin Yamaha 150-HP engine. A nice guy in a Hatteras was kind enough to tow us back since we left from the same marina. The almost-three-hours to cover 25 miles while breathing the diesel exhaust from the Hatteras was not the best trip I've experienced.

jimh posted 05-22-2015 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
For boaters who are also anglers who also use a trolling technique, the use of an auxiliary engine instead of the main engine to propel the boat while trolling can be an attractive option for several reasons:

--reduce running hours on the main engine, whose replacement cost may be many many times greater than the cost of a small auxiliary engine;

--reduce the maintenance needed on the main engine;

--particularly in the case of older two-stroke-power-cycle carburetor outboard engines, to very significantly reduce fuel consumption when trolling;

--reduce the noise during trolling;

--reduce the exhaust odor during trolling;

I do not believe there is a particular geographic influence in the use of auxiliary engines. As suggested, the methods employed for angling for fish are probably more influential than geography.

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