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im4bc posted 03-28-2004 08:34 AM ET (US)   Profile for im4bc   Send Email to im4bc  
If you were going to by a kicker for a 2002 outrage 23 with a single 225 what size horsepower would you buy? I know it need to be a long shaft.
sdbruni posted 03-28-2004 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for sdbruni  Send Email to sdbruni     
I have a 22' outrage with a 200 hp merc I mounted a additional 20 hp mercury as a backup power source for safety as I cross from Miami to Bahamas - I mounted the 20 hp using a standard mounting racket sold at West Marine - the bracket is rated up to a 40 hp and designed for a daysailer. I used this "over-rated heavy duty" bracket becuase I was concerned that the brackett might fail under the stress of high speed turns when I was running the 200hp. It is over a year, and so far, no failures! The bracket is designed to move up and down, in the up position it keeps the 20hp totaly out of the water (with engine left in the "tilted down" posistion) - To accomadate this modification I did have to "reverse" the tiller arm of the 20hp to allow for steering clearence with the 200hp. If any of this relates to or would help you solve your problem I could email you some pictures of the installation. You may contact me at Please put "Boston Whaler" in your subject line so i don't delete your email thinking it is spam!

BTW - with this arrangement I am using a short shaft!

JohnL posted 03-31-2004 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnL  Send Email to JohnL     

I have a 1998 OR23 Which I beleive is the same boat as yours. I have a 2000 15hp Mercury four stroke, to go with a 2000 225 Mercury EFI. I beleive that the 15 HP 4S is just about perfect for trolling etc. According to my GPS wide open the 15 will push the boat at 6 knots. In some big waves and wind the GPS read about 4.5 knots. I have a T-Top that acts like a sail. I would and do not consider my kiker to be a backup to the main motor. Yes if need be here in Puget Sound where I fish I could get home. It may take three hours but I could do it. Would I take my set up offshore on a regular basis, I do not think so. Dual 150's would be better for that kind of adventure.

My kicker is attached to a braket on the port side of the boat. The fule line is rigged inline to the main fule tank. Things I wish I had: I wish my 15 had a power tilt. I also whish I had a remote throttle. Climbing back there in big waves to start the motor can be exciting, and yes you have to bend over to fiddle with the throttle or take it out of gear when a fish is on. I think both Yamaha and Honda have four strokes all set up with the bells and whistles I decribed above. If you need more informaton or even a picture send me a note at eh E-mail adress in my profile.

John L.

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