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BassinWhaler posted 10-03-2009 01:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for BassinWhaler   Send Email to BassinWhaler  
I'd like to put a 5 HP Mercury 4-stroke on my 2008 170 Montauk as a trolling motor and emergency back up. Before I do, I would like to hear from any post-classic Montauk owners with kicker motors on what mounts they have and what they like and dislike about them.


BlueMax posted 10-03-2009 04:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for BlueMax  Send Email to BlueMax     
If you ask about installing kicker motors on 170 Montauks you are bound to be given this reference article on "how to" - in fact, the motor being installed here is a 5hp Merc 4 Stroke like you suggest - would love to see your results.

BassinWhaler posted 10-03-2009 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for BassinWhaler  Send Email to BassinWhaler     
Hi BlueMax, Thanks. I have seen the reference you posted and I just have to say that when I grow up I want to be Ray Dumas. That is an incredible, slick, professional job - and I have considered trying it since the long New Hampshire winter is just ahead and I will have a lot of time to vent my fishing frustrations on a project. But I was hoping maybe to achieve the same functional result without too much carving on the boat. It's bad enough that I have to buy a mount at all, since all Whaler would have to is modify their mold a tiny bit and everyone in the universe would be able to mount a kicker without spending even more money. Right now I am considering the Panther fixed mount:

I'm hoping it might set the motor back far enough from the inexplicably too fat transom so that I can just tilt it up by hand when not in use (I'm worried there won't be enough clearance for the motor cowl to go forward though).

My plan is to use through bolts and fender washers on the top two bolts and lag screws and washers on the bottom two. Even with a bracket, whaler has made it hard to mount a motor and I don't think I can get four through bolts through the transom.

fisherman posted 10-08-2009 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for fisherman  Send Email to fisherman     


Here is one to look at. There are many bracket installations shown on ContinuousWave. If you search around a little you may find exactly what your looking for.

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wezie posted 10-12-2009 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for wezie  Send Email to wezie     
If you continue with the exterior mount, you might consider fastening a plate to the mount and bolt the plate to the transom.
That allows you to put transom holes where you need and not where the mount dictates.
Suggest stainless in both cases.
The reference to mounting the engine to the transom is great.
Like some others, I would find it difficult to cut so much; however?

Good Luck!

johnhenry posted 10-12-2009 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
Please post pictures if you decide to do a external mount. Like most others, I would love a kicker, but don't want to modify the transom on my 170.
Rich M posted 10-13-2009 12:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
I use a Garelick heavy duty adjustable bracket for my 5hp Nissan 4 stroke on my 170 Montauk and it works very well. In the up position with the motor tilted the 20 inch shaft is clear of the water. In the down position the cavitation plate sits perfectly inline with the bottom of the transom.

The adjustable type brackets are not well liked and you will read mostly negative feedback about them. However, the new heavy duty models are a far cry from the cheap rickety finger pincher brackets that adorn many an old sail boat.

I've had mine for 3 seasons and love it. It was not terribly expensive and the installation was relatively simple. Would a direct transom mount be better? Certainly, but boat building is a series of compromises. After years of contemplating cutting the rub rail I decided the adjustable bracket was the most practical solution and have absolutely no regrets.

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