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DFM posted 09-09-2002 02:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for DFM   Send Email to DFM  
Ihave purchased a 1994 21 Outrage with a 225hp Johnson. I would like to add a kicker as an offshore - get home - engine. I have a short shaft Johnson 15 (virtually new). I am wondering if this engine will work wih a drop down bracket, or should I trade it for an engine with a 20" shaft and mount it directly on the transom.
tully_mars posted 09-09-2002 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
What are you going to do for fuel on your 15? Carry extra mixed fuel above board and waste room? I would trade and get a 4 stroke 15 so you can run off your built in fuel tank. I considered doing the same on my Outrage 21 (1996) but never did since I had the same motor as you, a 15hp 2s Johnson.

Tully Mars

jimh posted 09-09-2002 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You will also be farther ahead with a longer shaft engine. In rough weather--when you want the "get-home" engine the most--your powerhead may be getting rather close to the water with the short-shaft engine.
DFM posted 09-09-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for DFM  Send Email to DFM     
Thanks for the feedback. I know the Yamaha 15hp four stroke is available with a 20" shaft. Should this be adequate?
bsmotril posted 09-10-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
If the motor was to be used strictly as a get home motor, I would want a separate fuel supply. Fuel contamination, clogged filters, or pick up tubes are one of the more common failure modes for the big motor. Running the kicker off the same fuel supply would not do much good should one of these failure modes occur. Even if you plumb the kicker into the main tank, try to see if you can somehow carry a sepate smaller plastic tank where you could siphon fuel from the main tank if need be to run the kicker.
BillS

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