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HAROSTRAIT posted 02-25-2004 04:44 AM ET (US)   Profile for HAROSTRAIT   Send Email to HAROSTRAIT  
1989 Montauk here. Yamaha 90 2S power. Has anyone used a one-cylinder kicker? My gut instinct tells me to go for two cylinders, but I sure like the lighter weight of the one cylinder engines in the 4-stroke models. I have heard one cylinders can run rough. Primary useage will be as a troller, but I will be relying on it as a get-home failsafe. I realize that a smaller kicker will take a long time to get me home, but is, say, a 5-HP single enough to keep me off of the rocks, etc? I would love to have some data comparisons and opinions on this well trodden subject if anyone can offer. I would prefer a 4 stroke over a 2. Thanks, Andy
John from Madison CT posted 02-25-2004 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Andy: I had a single cylinder Tohatsu 5hp 4 Stroke kicker on my '89 Montauk two years ago.

It worked great. Pushed the boat to displacement speed, which is basically ~7mph.


jimh posted 02-25-2004 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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HAROSTRAIT posted 02-27-2004 02:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAROSTRAIT  Send Email to HAROSTRAIT     
John, thanks for the reply. Did you feel confident that the 5hp 1 cyl. would keep her steady in a nasty wind/tide squall? I am looking for the smallest hp that gives me control over the boat.
alvispollard posted 02-28-2004 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
Yamaha 8 hp high thrust four stroke brought my montauk and 4 fishermen back 8 miles on Lake Erie last year. Battery was not charging and backup was low. Pulled kicker and she started and an hour later we made port in 2' waves. Hightly recommend this motor for your consideration. Trolls 6 hours on a gallon of gas.
DaveS posted 02-29-2004 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I too have a 4-stroke for a kicker. Mine is a 5hp merc and just love it...starts right up and see's double duty on my brothers 14' jonboat. Pushes my 1989 Newtauk well with 2 others on board and a full load...won't set any speed records but that's not the point.. use if for trolling and just in case...

I think mine weighs in at about 50lbs...+/- a pound or two...don't even know it's there...

Good luck...


placerville posted 03-01-2004 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
76' Montauk. I've used an 8hp 2s Merc with a 90hp 2s Johnson. I recently replaced my Johnson with the 70hp 42 Suzuki.
I use to feel that combo was a little heavy before. Now I'm even more concerned with the heavier Suzuki.
Also even though my kicker is a long shaft. It rides pretty
high mounted out on the starboard transom. Other than using
one of those flimsy drop down brackets, how do you guys get
the prop deep enough?
Denny posted 03-01-2004 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Denny  Send Email to Denny     
I 'm running a 100 Hp Merc and the weight of the kicker motor is what caused me to go with the four banger. I've got a 6hp Merc and it does run a little on the "rough" side with vibration from the one cylinder. The weight and the size for trolling are great however. I bought it new last year in time for salmon fishing on the Oregon coast and the Columbia River. It didn't miss a beat. I bought the long shaft and it is mounted on a kicker stand on the port side. I'm running it off a 28 gallon Pate tank and the ability of using one tank gives me a more room for fishing in the back end.
Ferdinando posted 03-01-2004 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
Question, I just purchased a Johnson 6hp 4-S for my Montauk as a kicker. My main engine is a Johnson 90 2S with VRO.

Can I just place a T in the fuel line going to the main engine and feed my 4 stroke kicker off of this same fuel line without causing any problems??????



DaveS posted 03-02-2004 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     

Do you have a filter/separator in your fuel line? If not, nows a great time go get one....for a few $ you can pick one up from your local store...and install it yourself...the up side of that is you can run fuel lines to both your engines...I did it myself and it didn't take any time at all...won't cause any problems either...

Good luck and I think you're going to love the setup...


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