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Larry posted 07-19-2005 12:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for Larry   Send Email to Larry  
Calling all 14-15' Rage owners;
I would like to have the security of an auxiliary engine but don't like the look of a kicker hanging on a permanent bracket. Any ideas on how one could be mounted? One option would be a permanent bracket on the swim platform with 2 hp engine stowed under the rear seat. Any idea how a removeable bracket could be rigged?
Would an electric trolling motor be an option?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Why should the twin engine guys have all the fun?
Larry posted 07-27-2005 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
Come on guys!...with all the motor genius on this site someone should have an idea.
For starters- how about a 5/8" 1x3 plywood board with some sort of j clips to clip under the swim platform aft edge, angle brackets about six inches above that to rotate and lock with bolts to the top of the swim platform and long brackets that somehow clamp to the grab bar? Or maybe an electric trolling motor clamped to the bow rail?
Best answer wins coveted "Boston Whaler Excellence in Engineering Award"!
diveguy posted 07-29-2005 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveguy  Send Email to diveguy     
I have a 1997 Rage 175, and have looked into doing the same as you. It would be nice to have another motor available for trolling and for emergency use. Also, I live in a small inlet that is about a 15-minute ride in a no-wake zone before I hit the open water, so a smaller motor would be ideal for this as well.

I've seen a couple of rages with an electric trolling motor mounted on the front - I'd prefer mine on the back I think, if I can find a way to mount it.

Have you seen these?

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 07-30-2005 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
There is no wood in the transom area other than what is around the jetdrive.So if you kept it on the small side(2-5 hp)and sandwhiched the transom area with some good sized pieces of marine plywood,you would probably be could probably use a garlick bracket to raise and lower the kicker.The steering would be another issue you'd have to try and work around,maybe use one of those steering tie bars from the jet drive to the kicker.Or maybe you could just use a tiller extension.No matter which way you do it,it's going to be a custom fabricated setup,good luck.
Larry posted 08-01-2005 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
With a transom mounted engine a tiller extension would be needed for sure. I like the idea of a light weight electric. Is there one that could clamp to the bow rail and how far would it take the boat with the average starting battery?

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