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alvispollard posted 03-17-2001 08:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for alvispollard   Send Email to alvispollard  
I have decided to put a Mercury 4 stroke on my montauk. Would like to go with the smallest kicker that will push it 6 mph for trolling. Weight is only 55 lbs. Other motor is a 100 mariner (360 lbs.). Is a 4 h.p. enough considering wind and waves (2'-3'). Is there any concern with these motors bein 1 cylinder? What do I need to run both motors off of same tank? Best price I have found is $1049 for 2001 Mercury 4 h.p. (4 stroke) at new Bass Pro in Cincinnati. If anyone knows of a better deal in Ohio,Ky,WV area, please email me. Would consider buying a 5 hp or 6 hp if the 4 hp is not enough? Any feedback is appreciated.
compounder posted 03-18-2001 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
I have recently replaced the 4hp kicker on my Montauk because it did not offer enough power. It is a good running, two cylinder Evinrude.....smooth as silk and easy to start, but it just could not push the Montauk above a snail's pace. Probably okay for slow trolling, but not nearly enough to return to port in any reasonable length of time.

I chose a 9.8 Nissan/Tohatsu two-stroke as a replacement. I have it mounted on the starboard transom but have not had the Montauk in the water to try it out yet.
This engine weighs about 60# and cost less than $1200.

You may want to check out the Nissan/Tohatsu four-strokes as well. I have heard but not confirmed that Mercury's small 4-strokes are manufactured by Tohatsu.


lhg posted 03-18-2001 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
A 7 1/2HP or 8HP should be about ideal, especially if it's for offshore work in the Great Lakes. Don't go higher than 10HP, or lower than 6HP.
lhg posted 03-18-2001 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Remember, it must be a 20" shaft, and bolted right on to the raised corner of the transom. There is MUCH previous discussion on this subject. I doubt if you'll beat Bass Pro's pricing.

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