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fester posted 08-18-2001 12:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for fester   Send Email to fester  
I have a 1978 Outrage and and replacing the kicker motor. It looks like I am going to buy a yamaha four stroke. I want to purchase a 15 horsepower engine but am concerned about the weight. I currently have a 1979 175 horsepower engine as the main motor which I estimate weighs 375 lbs. The yamaha 15 weighs 105 lbs. I want to mount the kicker on the transom next to the main engine. Is this kicker too heavy for my boat? I could buy a 9.9 horsepower motor which will weigh about 25 lbs less than the 15. But I prefer the 15 in that I like the security of a larger kicker plus the 15 will work well on an inflatable boat I have. Please let me know your thoughts.

Thanks, Jeff

kingfish posted 08-18-2001 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Which model of Outrage do you have? (How long is it?)

alvispollard posted 08-18-2001 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
15 should be no problem on outrage. I have the yamaha T8 four stroke on my montauk plus mariner 100 (87 lbs + 367 lbs) and I have no problem. I have at least 1 person ride in front of cc for weight distribution. You should have no problem. You might want to check out the yamaha high thrust 8 hp motor. It may be almost as thrust as the 15.
This motor pushes my montauk 8-10 mph with mazimum weight in boat.
Marco Whalo posted 08-19-2001 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marco Whalo  Send Email to Marco Whalo     
I have a 1975 Outrage with a 6HP kicker. It pushes the boat well. I mount it on the starboard side to compensate for the torque twist of the engine. It balances it out perfectly. I have a 1990 150HP Johnson which weighs the same as yours (375lbs). The 15HP would be fine especially since you can use it on another boat.
fester posted 08-21-2001 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for fester  Send Email to fester     

Boat is a 20 footer. Sorry I did not include this info in the original post.


kingfish posted 08-21-2001 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Ah, so...

Well, I'm pretty much with everyone else, then - 15 should be OK, particularly from the aspect that there's only 25 lbs or so additional from the 9.9 (half of a battery). You'll probably see a difference in your waterline from before to after the installation, but with a 20, you should be way OK.


Whaler15 posted 08-22-2001 05:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler15  Send Email to Whaler15     
Marco Whalo,

Thanks for the great tip about mounting the kicker on the starboard side. I make alot of sense.

Question: can you lock the kicker in place and steer from the console?

Marco Whalo posted 08-22-2001 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marco Whalo  Send Email to Marco Whalo     

I can steer by the console using the main engine as a rudder. I don't have the engines run off the same steering. I have a tiller extension for the kicker that works well.


jward posted 08-22-2001 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jward  Send Email to jward     
I have one of the EZ Steer systems which connects your primary outboard motor to the kicker so you can steer both motors with your regular stering. I sold the boat but kept the kicker and am willing to sell the used unit for $80 plus shipping if anyone is interested (new unit is $199 from West Marine).

jward posted 08-22-2001 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jward  Send Email to jward     
To clarify my last post the EZ Steer Steering system is $80...I am keeping the Honda 9.9 for my next boat.

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