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texas_whaler posted 06-30-2004 09:00 AM ET (US)   Profile for texas_whaler   Send Email to texas_whaler  
I have a 17'Montauk and I would like to purchase a kicker/trolling motor for it...I need some advice...Should I go with tiller steered or hook it up with my Johnny Hydraulically(can this be done)? And what hp?? I freshwater fish as well and would like to use it to troll for bass along the banks..I guess it would have to be pretty quiet for this?? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


gnr posted 06-30-2004 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for gnr  Send Email to gnr     
If you are going to use it mostly for working the banks and the points for bass you might consider a bow mount electric with a foot control.

If you think you might also need it for back-up power and for trolling the deeps then I would go with at least a 5h long shaft.

I have a 5h Honda that pushes my 17 very nicely. For steering I bought a steering connector which is just a metal rod with quick connects on both ends that attaches the kicker to the main motor allowing me to steer the kicker from the helm.

kingfish posted 07-01-2004 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
We use a 6 HP Johnson 2-stroke mounted on the transom on our Montauk. Small and light, enough poop to push the Montauk at hull speed, quiet, and can be fueled by removing the hose from the main motor (also Johnson) and snapping it onto the kicker. The Montauk is small enough that we have never considered any kind of remote steering or controls.
ShrimpBurrito posted 07-01-2004 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
I've seen a simple connector rod that joins the main engine to a kicker, so that by steering the main engine with the steering wheel, you also steer the kicker. Pretty simple, easy, and inexpensive.

I cannot imagine the thing costing more than ~$30 or so, but a brief search on West Marine's site didn't turn up anything.

Dick posted 07-01-2004 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
That steering kit is now made by Marine Tech {Panther Marine}. The kit is available in stainless steel or zinc coated. The SS version has a list price of $81.95.


texas_whaler posted 07-06-2004 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for texas_whaler  Send Email to texas_whaler     
Hey guys..Thanks so much...This is perfect!!


texas_whaler posted 07-06-2004 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for texas_whaler  Send Email to texas_whaler     
I guess it would be best to get a 2 stroke since that is what my main motor is and that would keep me from having to buy a seperate fuel tank??
gnr posted 07-07-2004 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnr  Send Email to gnr     

If it were me, I would go with a four stroke. Quieter and less exhaust to breath while the wind is at your back.

My Honda will run all weekend on a 3 gallon tank (which came with the motor) which rides nicely in the splash well while trolling.

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