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hanksaper posted 06-20-2004 12:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for hanksaper   Send Email to hanksaper  
I presently have an 8hp 15inch shaft evinrude mounted on an omc bracket. The kicker is not used for trolling-emergency backup only.I want to get rid of the backet and mount directly to the starboard transom. I know that a 20inch shaft is best,but since I would only use the engine as backup and I would be located in the starboard stern area(piloting the kicker) would think that the 15inch shaft would provide adequate prop bite to get me in(assuming seas are not wild).Have not tried it because bracket, which is bolted on, would have to be removed. Anyone with advice or experience in this regard?

Thank you

Dick posted 06-20-2004 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Why remove the bracket? The OMC bracket is one of the best and sturdiest available.

I mounted an 8 HP 20" on my Montauk using a fixed set back bracket. I can't see how a 15" will have enough length to work.
There is a picture of my installation at the link below.

andygere posted 06-21-2004 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Dick is right about the OMC bracket. If it is worn on the hinge points, parts are still available and the bracket can be easily reconditioned. I did this on my Montauk and it was like new when I was done. A 20" motor mounted directly on the transom is the best option, the OMC bracket is second best. I'd fix the bracket and keep things as is.

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