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rhemrah posted 04-06-2004 06:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for rhemrah   Send Email to rhemrah  
Hey Guys,

I am looking at putting a 6hp yamaha 4-stroke kicker motor on a 87' Montauk and my concern is the weight. The motor weight is 83 lbs. Would this be too much weight on the transom.


DaveS posted 04-06-2004 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
That weight seems to be a lot for such a small engine, my 5hp merc 4-stroke tips the scale at 55#' also depends upon the weight of the current outboard...I haven't noticed any ill effects of adding the 55#"s to my 1989 Newtauk, how will the extra 30 pounds change things, I'm sure there'll be someone with this setup to answer...but if it were me...I might look for something a little lighter...FYI...I don't think there's a weight difference between the 5 and 6hp merc 4-stroke...something to think about...

Good luck...


rhemrah posted 04-06-2004 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for rhemrah  Send Email to rhemrah     

Thanks for the reply. Are you satisfied with the performance of the 5hp merc.

DaveS posted 04-06-2004 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     

Yes, I'm satisfied with how the 5hp pushes my newtauk...last year I had some engine trouble in Shark River...had plenty of power to push the boat around with me, two friends and a boat load of gear......I talked with a bunch of people and did a lot of research on this site about the max hp one should use as a kicker...I finally took Steve Leone's advice after several emails back and forth from him...something about displacement vs. planing doesn't matter if you have 5hp, 6hp or 9.9hp, your hull will only go a set speed...until you have enough power to push it up on plane, then you'll go much, taking his, and a few other's advice, I picked up the 5hp 4-stroke merc...I like external fuel tank, I just connect the fuel line from the fuel filter and off I go...really simple...I also had a nice little surprise yesterday...I went to extend the warranty because it was set to expire at the end of this month, but when I look at the warranty card, it said 4/08 for the expiration date...saved myself a few $ there...was told they (merc) were running a special at that time...who am I to argue...

Good luck with your kicker and let me know if you have any other questions...


rhemrah posted 04-07-2004 06:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for rhemrah  Send Email to rhemrah     

Thanks for the info.


steelhead5 posted 04-12-2004 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for steelhead5  Send Email to steelhead5     
I have an 8hp honda on the starboard transom of my montauk, along with a 336# suzuki df70 4 stroke. I run this without problems, and the stern is not even that low in the water (with no one in the back, the splash well is barely wet. I think you should get the best, most reliable kicker, and honda makes good product. You might consider the 8hp, its almost the same weight. (8 hp classic, that is)
jimh posted 04-12-2004 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There was a recent discussion of transom weights for classic era Boston Whaler boats, and it the course of this conversation it came to light that in 2002 there was a published specification for maximum transom engine weight of the MONTAUK 17 of 410 pounds. Please refer to

Maximum Engine Weight

First hand experience with Montauk models and higher engine weights was reported in

MONTAUKs with Engines Above 330-lbs

For installations of auxiliary engines, just add the main engine weight and the auxiliary engine weight together.

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