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TimHarris posted 03-24-2003 02:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for TimHarris   Send Email to TimHarris  
Looking to install a transome mount on my '81 Montauk for a 5 hp, clamp-on Johnson (1980)engine. I've found a couple of Gaerlick products that look promising...any tips out there?
whalersman posted 03-24-2003 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
Tim,

Welcome to the Website...

Everyone that I know of, including myself, recommend that the kicker motor be mounted directly on the Transom of a Montauk. The best is on the Starboard side. This makes for a much sturdier installation and no bracket to mess with.

You will need a Long Shaft engine (20") for this setup... If you have a short shaft engine, the shaft extension kits are available from Johnson/Evinrude/ Bombardier.. The kits are also available on eBay from time to time..

Here is an example of mine:
www.sisqtel.net/~jkriz/Montauk/montauk.html

Tom W Clark posted 03-25-2003 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Tim,

You'd do well to set up your Montauk like Joe's above.

The Montauk transom was designed for a kicker to be clamped directly onto either side. There is reinforcing wood in there for this purpose. Whaler has always discouraged the use of "kicker brackets" on the 16/17 hull.

whalernut posted 03-26-2003 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Great suggestions on mounting a Kicker engine and a very nice montauk to boot :) Jack.
63WHALER posted 03-26-2003 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for 63WHALER    
I'm also going to be in the process of installing a 6hp. kicker mounted directly to starboard transom. Would the use of any rubber or like material be recommended between the mounting to eliminate any scarring of gelcoat or Awlgrip paint in my situation.
Tom W Clark posted 03-26-2003 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
63WHALER,

No, you want the clamps to dig into the gel coat. It will be more secure this way. Rubber pads will not prevent marring of the boat hull but will introduce some "slop" into the mounting of the motor. In the case of some mounting pads made for kickers, you have to use screws to secure the pads to the hull anyway which is an even greater penetration into the hull.

Most kickers that get mounted stay there. So if the gel coat or paint gets scratched or dug into, it doesn't matter, you will never see it. If the kicker ever gets removed, the gel coat or paint can be touched up quite easily.

Pads under the clamps of a kicker motor have always struck me as "throwing the baby out with the bath water." Whaler specifically discouraged this practice in their owner's manual.

TimHarris posted 03-28-2003 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for TimHarris  Send Email to TimHarris     
Great advice and thanks a lot. One question though...it looks like I do have a short shafted version and even then it still drags in the water...I'm also afraid of it falling overboard.

My biggest concern is getting the engine up and out of the water...not worried as much about marring the gel coat, etc.

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