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rhemrah posted 05-02-2003 09:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for rhemrah   Send Email to rhemrah  
Hello Guys,

I am looking at purchasing a 2002 Mercury 6hp 20'' shaft 2-stroke kicker motor for my 1987 Montauk. Pros and Cons on this motor and also does anyone have any suggestions on where and how to mount the kicker motor. I have been told to go with a 20'' shaft to prevent driliing holes.Is this a true statment?

JBCornwell posted 05-02-2003 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, Rhemrah.

If youo will refer to the wood placement drawing for our Montauks in the Reference section, you will see that there is a wood pad imbedded in the transom on the starboard side.

That pad is to reinforce a kicker installation.

Red sky at night.. .

DaveS posted 05-05-2003 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I've been in the same place you are at right now but I was looking at 4 strokes. I decided to go with a 4-stroke 5hp merc. I just picked it up a couple of weeks ago and haven't had it out on the water but from reading previous posts and talking with several well informed people about the size, I found the 5hp would suit my needs well. If you search the archives, you'll find more than you'll ever need concerning kicker size on a montauk.

Good luck and I don't think you'll be unhappy with your choice.


whalersman posted 05-05-2003 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
Most everyone here seems to agree that the best placement of a Kicker motor is on the Starboard side.

However, some Montauks have the Stern Light mounted on the Starboard side so you either have to move the Stern Light or mount the Kicker on the Port side. Also, some people have a Swim Step mounted on the Starboard side so you run into the same situation.

You do not have to bolt the engine to the transom but bolting the engine to the transom makes for a more secure installation. I bolted mine and I never have to worry about it coming loose.

Mounting a 20" shaft Kicker directly on the transom seems to be the way to go. Make sure that the engine is vertical from side to side when doing so.

Here is a link to photos of my installation on my 1978 Montauk using an 8HP Evinrude 2 Stroke.

ChrisCT posted 05-05-2003 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisCT  Send Email to ChrisCT     
That set up looks just like the one I did last year when I lost confidence in my regular motor. Works great for trolling or in a panic when main motor won't start.

I got a 5 hp Tohatsu (Nissan) 4stroke 55 lbs if I remember right. I have it on starboard tightened to transom (metal to gelcoat with a metal lock bar to stop theft and to keep the tightening screws from turning loose. I also added a metal braided loop to a metal tie down loop on transom to make sure it doesn't bounce loose and end up at the bottom of the ocean. I can take a digital pic if you'd really like to see but have trouble posting them somewhere.

The motor gets me 5 mph or so which I have used when old motor wouldn't start and to troll. The lawn mower type starter is nice since I could always use it when if the main battery battery is dead.

rhemrah posted 05-05-2003 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for rhemrah  Send Email to rhemrah     

You have a nice setup.
The pictures helps me out alot. I take it that your kicker is a 20''shaft length and not a 25''.


ChrisCT posted 05-06-2003 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisCT  Send Email to ChrisCT     
Forgot to add that mine is a 20 inch - got that advice here and from locakl BW dealer. Perfect length for my transom mount.
rhemrah posted 05-06-2003 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for rhemrah  Send Email to rhemrah     
I guess that the 20'' shaft length gives you plenty of length to prevent cavatation.


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