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ryanwhaler posted 03-03-2004 04:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for ryanwhaler   Send Email to ryanwhaler  
This afternoon just for the hell of it I took my Short Shaft 8 hp Mercury and hoisted it up in the transom of my 1974 Montauk.(smerkless)

I've read here that you should use a long shaft pony motor for these 16'7 hulls, but will my short 15 inch shaft motor work?

When mounted on the transom, the calvation plate on the pony motor is quite a bit higher then the one on the main motor.

Does anyone know how far up the stern the waterline is on a smerkless 16'7 hull?

Has anyone tried a 15 inch shaft kicker on one of these boats?

JBCornwell posted 03-03-2004 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Ryan.

I used a short shaft JohnnyRude 7.5 as a kicker/troller on my Sakonnet (smirkless) for a while.

As long as I sat in the starboard stern to operate the tiller it worked passably. Got me home when my old Johnny 100 broke the flywheel, but that's a different story.

If that's what you have, use it. It's a bunch less bux than going out and buying a long shaft.

Red sky at night. . .

ryanwhaler posted 03-03-2004 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Thanks for the reply,

When the boat was at rest how low did the calvation plate on the kicker sit in the water?

The difference is about six inchs on mine.

JBCornwell posted 03-03-2004 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
That was 25 years ago, Ryan. Can you remember that far back?

Red sky at night. . .

Sal DiMercurio posted 03-04-2004 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Sure you can.
Example,....I'm running a 1980 ...15 hp Johnson kicker on my 25" transom on my V20.
The dearise of the bottom goes up pretty good the farther out you get.
The only time the kicker blows out is if it's really sloppy, other wise she pushes really well.
I've found it's better to mount the kicker right on the transom, compared to a bracket.

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