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rhemrah posted 01-18-2001 07:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for rhemrah   Send Email to rhemrah  
I need some advice from you guys. I have been looking around for a kicker motor for my 87' montauk. I am looking at a 6hp or a 8hp 4-stroke Evinrude motor ; both 2001 models. Price for the 6hp is 1175.00 and the 8hp is 1475.00. Good prices, but the 6hp wieghs in at 68 lbs. and the 8hp at 83 lbs. I am powering my boat with a 90 Yamaha (260 lbs) and I am concerned about having too much wieght on the transom. What are your thoughts.


whalernut posted 01-18-2001 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Rick, if I were you I would opt for the 6h.p. engine for a few reasons-weight,price, and the 6h.p. will push it very slow for trolling! Regards-Jack Graner.
rhemrah posted 01-18-2001 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for rhemrah  Send Email to rhemrah     
Thanks for the advice Jack. Do you have any pros and cons on the Evinrude portable 4 strokes.
whalernut posted 01-18-2001 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Rick, I have none, but someone on this forum has experience with the Evinrude 70h.p. 4-stroke on a Montauk, someone has a Yamaha 4-stroke, and someone has the Merc. 4-stroke, maybee they can help you better with performance. You know what, I saw a guy last summer with a 9.9 Evinrude 4-stroker on a `14 Aluminum boat. That engine was so quiet at idle it was amazeing, and the guy trolled all day on 3 gal. of gas! Now thats cool! the 6h.p. sounds like it would be excellent for you`re boat. Good luck-Jack Graner.
Hoop posted 01-19-2001 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Rick, I've got a 70 hp Evinrude four stroke on my Montauk. It's a Suzuki underneath the paint. I have 31 hours on it and it purrs like a kitten.
San Jose, CA
andygere posted 01-19-2001 02:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Weight shouldn't be a problem. I have a '79 85hp, '79 15hp kicker on a bracket and dual batteries in the stern. The boat floats fine. The 15 hp is overkill for trolling, but would get me home fairly quickly if the main engine quit.
Lil Whaler Lover posted 01-19-2001 06:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
The basic difference between the 6 hp and 8 hp 4-stroke Evinrudes is 1 cylinder verses 2 cylinders. The 6 hp is a single cylinder rated to achieve peak hp at 5500 rpm, while the 8 hp is a twin rated at 4800 rpm. Given these specs, the 6 would potentially be much slower at trolling speeds, possibly to the point of needing more than idle speed. The twin should provide a very slow idle speed also. The twin will be much smoother and possibly even quieter than a single.

My recommendation would be to forget the single and go for the 8 hp twin, a much nicer engine for many reasons..

Dick posted 01-19-2001 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I run a 50 hp Merc 4 stroke on my Montauk and a 52# thrust bow mount electric for trolling. It doesn't take much to push a Montauk.
rhemrah posted 01-20-2001 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for rhemrah  Send Email to rhemrah     
thanks guys,
I appreciate the advice.


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