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Backup kicker for 13 ft?
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posted 12-12-2003 01:11 PM ET (US)
Took the boat out with the my boys on Saturday and broke it in, we had a great time. The boys are ready to go fishing.
Here's my question:
I'm planing on some bay fishing on the Texas coast and am concerned about getting out to the middle of now-where and having engine trouble. Does anyone have a 13' that they use a kicker on? Or maybe a small emergency moter they carry if they are going somewhere isolated? I was wondering about a 2 hp kicker you could store in a box and only take out if you needed it. Will a small outboard clamp on the transum of a 13', there doesn't seem to be much room beside the engine.
Thanks for any input,
posted 12-12-2003 02:23 PM ET (US)
I just sold a 1976 13' Whaler (my wife and I bought it new and gave it to each other as a wedding gift.) I used a Nissan 3.5 hp motor with a 20" shaft as a kicker. The boat had an indentation on the transom for a small motor, but the lip on the transom was wide, and the clamps on the motor "bit" slightly into the gelcoat. It propelled the craft well, however.
The boat had a 25 hp Johnson, and the weight of the kicker didn't make any difference in performance or balance, but the 20" shaft on the Nissan would still drag slightly in the water when I was underway with the big engine even though I tilted it as far forward as possible.
I have heard that newer 13' Whalers are a little heavy in the stern and I do not know if there is a mounting area on the transoms of the newer boats. Hope this helps.
posted 12-12-2003 03:33 PM ET (US)
If you won't have to go very far, I would think that an electric trolling motor would move that boat along fine. Especially since many of the high thrust motors actually produce more than 2 hp. Plus, it will allow you to explore the flats better.
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posted 12-12-2003 03:54 PM ET (US)
The "not to far part" is the trick. I want something I can rely on to get me back to the boat ramp in a pinch , I don't think an electric trolling moter is the answer.
posted 12-14-2003 07:21 AM ET (US)
when it comes to kickers
is it for trolling or emergency to get you to the dock...
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