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Kicker motor mounting
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posted 05-03-2003 12:09 PM ET (US)
It is ICE OFF time up here in the high Rockies. Time to get on the water. I purchased a Yamaha 8hp 4 stroke over the winter, installed Seastar/Teleflex hydraulic steering so I can mount the kicker on the Starboard side. I would like to drill/mount (thanks to advice from this site) the kicker directly to the transom on my 18OR (1988)
Big question- I would like to keep the kicker as far away from the main engine so they don't knock cowlings in certain situations. I am finding that when I move the kicker towards the gunnel/outside and away from main, to the spot I would like to mount, the transom thickens and the inside transom wall curves inward and makes it difficult to drill.
Any advice on anyone who has drill/mounted a kicker on an outrage of this size? How far out to the side have you gone? Can the two motors still touch cowlings in certain circumstances?
Thanks for any help
posted 05-03-2003 04:28 PM ET (US)
Sterling, the kicker on our 1992 Outrage is mounted to starboard with about 1/8" clearance to the lifting/tie down eye on the transom. It has an arm/linkage that hooks to the main motor for steering that I leave attached and it keeps the spacing constant, even with the kicker up and running the main. Joe
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