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PMehegan posted 03-23-2004 04:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for PMehegan   Send Email to PMehegan  
I've just purchased a used 17' Whaler Montauk with a 90 HP Yamaha. Any suggestions for mounting a smaller, backup motor that'll get me home if the main motor quits? Do they make mounts for them? Where do they go? What horsepower works best. I have an 8 HP Yamaha, standard shaft but am not sure if it'll work. Is an electric crazy? Thanks: PC Mehegan
bloller posted 03-23-2004 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for bloller  Send Email to bloller     
4-8Hp long(20"shaft) mounted directly to the port or starboard side of transom is generally viewed as the best set up for the montauk. I've being trying to find such a motor(used) for some time on e-bay with not much luck, that is unless I want to spend nearly what a new one would cost me.
Joe Kriz posted 03-23-2004 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
bloller is on target as many people have this arrangement on their Montauk.

I have used a 1988-8 HP Evinrude 2 Stroke (20", Long Shaft) on the back of my Montauk for several years.. Clamped and bolted directly to the transom. The prefered side to mount it on is the Starboard side. Unfortunately, some Montauks have the Stern light mounted on the Starboard side so it would be easier to mount the kicker on the Port side rather then move the stern light.

Here is a photo of my prior 1978 Montauk:

I now have that same engine on the back of my Outrage 18... I have the engine mounted on the Port side as I already had a swim platform on the starboard..
The 8 HP kicker weighs 58.5 lbs... Vitually NO SMOKE at trolling speeds and I do a lot of trolling.. I mean a lot... When tolling for an 8 hour stretch, I use right at 2.5 gallons of fuel during the entire day.... Very economical and lightweight.. I have not fouled any plugs as of yet either although I do change my plugs at the beginning of each year just for GP.....

Here is a photo of my Outrage:

Joe Kriz posted 03-23-2004 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz
Chuck Tribolet posted 03-23-2004 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
At least on my '98 ish Montauk, there's wood for the kicker in
the starboard side, and different wood for a swimstep in the
port side.


Joe Kriz posted 03-23-2004 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

I have the wood locating diagram for the 97 Montauk and up...
This diagram shows wood on both sides for a kicker motor, Port and Starboard...
The diagram also shows there is something else embedded in the Port side for a Swim Platform??

If you already have this drawing, look at it closely and I think you will see that it shows the wood on both sides (listed as "P/S") for a kicker motor.. If you don't have the diagram, let me know if you would like me to send it to you..


PMehegan posted 03-24-2004 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMehegan  Send Email to PMehegan     
Thanks, guys. So I'm guessing that the standard shaft ( my 8HP Yamaha) would be too short for clamping on the top of the transom? Is there any kind of a mount that could attach to the back of the transom that might accomodate a standard shaft? Thanks for the help. Pete
Joe Kriz posted 03-24-2004 07:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

You could do a couple of things...
1. Trade your engine in on a Long Shaft version...
2. Purchase a Long Shaft Extension Kit and add it to your engine..

I have always hated those brackets... They are a real pain in the neck... Always bouncing around while trailering or on the water. Unfortunately, a person has no choice about using ta bracket on some models.. You have a choice NOT to use one and I certainly would not if I could avoid it..

My 2 cents......

DaveS posted 03-24-2004 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
Just a thought, what about Dick's layout...there was a discussion not too long ago about how he had his layed out and it looked really might be worth a look...would allow you to keep your current engine...just a thought...


jimithing posted 03-29-2004 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimithing  Send Email to jimithing     
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