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lizard posted 01-18-2009 04:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for lizard   Send Email to lizard  
I am looking for a kicker motor bracket for a 2-stroke 6 hp Johnson kicker motor. It weighs approx. 58 lbs. I prefer the telescoping/multi-positional style versus fixed mount. I need stainless steel construction.

Thanks!

LuckyLady posted 01-18-2009 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for LuckyLady  Send Email to LuckyLady     
I have an almost new alumimum Fulton, good up to 20HP.
In case you can't find a ss one.
lizard posted 01-19-2009 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Renee-

Can you email me photos? thx.

Tom W Clark posted 01-19-2009 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I strongly recommend against installing a kicker bracket on a Montauk.

Clamp the motor directly to the transom as the boat was designed. This will save money, save weight and allow a much more secure mounting for your kicker with less stress on the transom of your hull.

See your Owner's Manual for more information:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/manual9-17/operations. html#auxiliary

lizard posted 01-21-2009 02:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Thanks for your guidance Tom. I do not have the owner's manual but did review your link to the CW reference. Interesting that the 15 requires a mount and the 17 does not.

Would you recommend some rubber pad as a buffer between the motor clamps and the 23 year old transom?

Tohsgib posted 01-21-2009 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
You can buy the transom pad at any marine store for about $25.
Tom W Clark posted 01-21-2009 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I would not use a pad but instead follow Whaler's advice to clamp the kicker directly to the transom. This will be a much more secure mounting and the pads do not prevent the gel coat from being scratched anyway.

By allowing the kicker mounting clamps to dig into the gelcoat, it will grip much better and the damage from the clamping is invisible anyway because the kicker covers it just as your main motor covers the cosmetic damage to the transom where it is mounted.

kwik_wurk posted 01-21-2009 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
You'll need a long shaft if you clamp to the transom on a Montauk.

And it is a bit more difficult to get a steering system that works with a port mounted kicker that is clamped. (Unless you come up with something exotic.) "Easy-steer" systems work much better if the aft edge of the lower units are parallel (which requires a bracket to achieve).

I mounted my kicker with an adjustable bracket to stbd. This off-sets prop torque; and the stern light that is in the way to port.

I also prefer to fish off the port side, because of the way things are situated on board. (which puts the kicker on the opposite side to keep the line clear)

I do agree not matter what boat you have a; kicker mounted directly to the stern is going to be much stronger and better than a kicker bouncing around on the end of a bracket.

elaelap posted 01-21-2009 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Mount your new kicker directly on the transom. I mounted mine that way portside on my old Katama 16, simply because all the steering/battery/fuel lines were to starboard. It worked great.

Here are a couple of photos of the Fulton bracket which I've unfortunately bolted to the portside transom of my classic 15 CC (won't work the way I would like it on a 15). It works great when it's deployed, but damn! what a finger-pincher and back-breaker. I've used similar brackets on a couple of smaller sailboats, and I swore I'd never go this way again, but with a light 27-lb kicker I thought, what's the harm? Well, two or three months ago I posted a photo of my torn-up right ring finger caused by my carelessness using the bracket in calm seas.

Anyway, liz...forget about the bracket--just bolt that thing on and you'll be ready to go.

Tony

Oh yeah, the pix:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b309/elaelap/Inaugurationflags032.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b309/elaelap/Inaugurationflags023.jpg

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