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Barnett Childress posted 05-24-2002 06:34 AM ET (US)   Profile for Barnett Childress   Send Email to Barnett Childress  
For those that have mounted a kicker on a new Montauk how have you delt with the wrap around rub rail? Did you have to cut the rub rail to mount directly to the transom?
Barnett Childress posted 05-24-2002 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
Forgot to mention both local Whaler dealers say that on the "FEW" kickers they have mounted on Montauks they have always used brackets. Chuck Bennett @ Whaler also reccommended a bracket install because of the wrap around rub rail. I don't want to have to cut the rub rail, but I do want to mount directly to the transom. Maybe I could use some type of set back bracket bolted to the transom? Suggestions please!
Don Fisher posted 05-24-2002 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Don Fisher  Send Email to Don Fisher     
Garelick makes a nice, quality bracket. My Dad has one on his Montauk. Works very well. You might shop the net for it, though, as you might find it for a substantially lower price than retail.
Barnett Childress posted 05-24-2002 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
Thanks Don,
I typed to fast. I meant to say some sort of fixed setback bracket or plate possibly 6" inches like you see for larger engines that could be bolted directly to the transom and the kicker mounted to it, keeping the kicker at the same height as if bolted directly to the transom.
Don Fisher posted 05-24-2002 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Don Fisher  Send Email to Don Fisher     
Barnett - You still may want to look at the Garelick unit. It is adjustable and may be something that will work for you. It seems to be very well made and with good materials. If you cannot find a "fixed" bracket as you suggest, then perhaps this adjustable unit will do it for you. Good luck!
Clark Roberts posted 05-24-2002 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
BArnett, a set-back bracket (as you describe) same height as transom could cause tilt-up interference if too close... suggest you make a mock-up to verify tilt clearance before you commit to metal... I still suggest that you perform surgery on that wrap-around rub rail and bolt kicker directly to transom for a solid, secure mount and for stability when kicker is being used! Of course a kicker bracket or a properly designed "set-back" bracket will work just fine... advantage to direct mounting to transom is no cantilever and no through holes in transom... just my opinion... happy Whalin'... Clark.. Mullet Smuggler
Barnett Childress posted 05-24-2002 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
Good point about clearance issues with a fixed bracket! When you say direct mount, so no thru holes in transom do you mean just use the top clamps? I was planning to drill and bolt thru the lower holes as well.

Also looks like rear light mount might be an issue and have to be relocated as well. Its on starboard side with newer Montauks.

Would like to hear from anyone that has a direct transom mount kicker on a newer Montauk.

Clark Roberts posted 05-24-2002 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
If you leave kicker mounted then you should bolt the two lower holes.. didn't think of that but a bracket will most likely require 4 holes... etc... I have used a 9.9hp Merc mounted to transom on a Newport... port side as I recall... I had a swim platform on starboard side and my stern nav light was mounted to top of engine cowling and the related hardware was removed from inside transom... the engine was a short shaft and worked very well... would kick along at 7 to 8 mph at very low throttle setting... I steered with the main engine so it was effortless... only practiced with the setup and fortunately never had to us it to get home... good luck with your project! Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy

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