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sargerator posted 09-16-2002 03:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for sargerator   Send Email to sargerator  
Is there a devise to connect the kicker motor to the main motor so you can steer the kicker from the helm ? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks
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Barnett Childress posted 09-16-2002 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
2 ways to do this. You can connect with an EZ-steer system (connects the motors by attaching a clamp around both housings and uses an adj rod that attaches to both.

Or use a stainless steel stering rod from Panther Marine/Golden Eye. Rod is threaded on both ends and has quick Connects that attach to steering for both motors. Rod can be custom bent for specific applications. This is what I am using on my Montauk and has worked out great. Another plus is you can easily disconnect from inside boat.

sargerator posted 09-16-2002 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for sargerator  Send Email to sargerator     
Do you run with both motors down , do you have to disconnect when raising and lowering, can you have main motor up out of the water when using kicker ? Thanks
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SSCH posted 09-16-2002 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for SSCH  Send Email to SSCH     
Another simple approach is to use the main motor as a rudder while the kicker is locked into a straight ahead condition. I ran my 22 Outrage like this for quite awhile as I thought about other ways to steer the kicker. In the end, I just left the rig as I described above. It works fine for getting home or trolling offshore. You obviously don't have the control you'd have if the kicker were connected to the main engine, but the system couldn't be simpler. I never tilted the main engine up when I fished anyway. It seemed to be more in the way out of the water than in it. You have to stay clear of the kicker lower unit so the extra under water stuff didn't matter that much!
Barnett Childress posted 09-17-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
Both motors down with steering rod connected for kicker use. Disconnect rod to raise kicker.
where2 posted 09-17-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
As mentioned, there are things out there to do this. The best thing is to have a quick disconnecting rod between the two engines. My dad had fashioned one of these 20 years ago on the family's 30 houseboat. I've still got the 9.5hp kicker motor in my garage. The reason you will want the quick disconnect is when you get into tight quarters where you need to steer and control the throttle. Puttering in the ocean or a big lake is great for steering from the helm, but when you get into tight quarters you want to be able to "take over" and not have to be yelling your gear and throttle commands to your first mate while you steer from the helm...
NEVER SCARED posted 09-18-2002 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
Go down to any hardware store and make yourself one. Choose aluminum and stainless materials, sit down and think about how to tie the two motors together. I made mine for about $5 dollars and people just marvel at it!

Never scared

sargerator posted 09-18-2002 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for sargerator  Send Email to sargerator     
Thanks for the replies, going to try to make one this weekend if I have time. The salmon are running right now and it's kinda hard to get away from it. But it would make it easier trolling ! Oh, and I did use the main motor to steer with when running the kicker but the slow response gave me a couple a scares !!
Thanks , Sarge
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larimore posted 09-20-2002 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for larimore  Send Email to larimore     
I have the EZ steering rod... Works great. Takes some acrobatics to attach from inside the boat. But once on, works good. Put some extra padding between the attachment plates and the engine casings, else you will eventually scratch thru the engine paint and get corrosion . I used 5200 on the plate, molded against the engine with some saran wrap between the 5200 and the engine(don't forget the saran wrap!). Using the main as a rudder in open water works fine too - EZ is necessary for tight turns.

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