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Blue Heron

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  1. I will be mounting a 4 Stroke kicker motor on my boat (most likely 8hp so less than 100#) . It will require a bracket and while I know this has been discussed before , after a number of searches I am sick of trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

     

    I am looking for recommendations/opinions on the best bracket based on your actual experiences - I do expect to trailer with the engine on the bracket

     

    Thanks

  2. I spent a lot of hours trolling spring trout/salmon from a rebel 1625  with the mast mounted in the front seat base and triple rod holders mounted towards the back. As long as your boards are tuned well and run out to the sides of your boat you will have no issues.

     

    (If you want to build your own mast a chain link fence corner post (from Home Depot) works nicely)

  3. I am certainly not interested in turning this into a p***ing contest. Your experiences lead you to a certain opinion and you are welcome to that - the same holds true for me and everyone else on this board. Thats great you have never had an issue - I hope your run continues. 

     

    As I recall his boat used the 6 gal tanks, he filled a tank on way to launch - apparently got some junk fuel (??) - filter ended up getting plugged & main OB stalled on way in and would not restart/run- we ran in on the kicker using another tank. Could his overall boat maint been a contributing cause - maybe. Would we have gotten in running kicker on same tank - maybe but .... Did we get home safe running the kicker off the other tank - definately

     

    Funny things happen when you spend time running boats and any time you have a single point of failure stuff can happen - safety should always be our first concern and my suggestion allows for redundancy in the fuel supply

     

    Those are my thoughts & experiences - take them for what they are - I am done

  4. to each his own 

     

    I have run kickers since the 70s and have had them both ways. I have only ever run in on a kicker once (not my boat), but if it had been a shared tank we would have needed a tow

     

    If you are careful with managing/treating your fuel a shared tank should be fine but I see it as another safety feature

  5. I currently have a 6hp tohatsu (sail king) as a kicker on my 16'. I have it rigged with a quick disconnect steering rod and a controlking electronic throttle control. It is hooked to my main tank thru a canister fuel filter  . I does a decent job but does have some vibration.

    My old 17' lund had a 8hp tohatsu with the same steering connection and controlking (different servo) run off a separate 3gal tank. it was definately smoother and had electric start 

    Between the two I would go 8hp and if you have the space I agree with SK8Man that the separate tank is a safer option. I have never had any issues with either

    Living in NY online outboards was the way to go for purchasing , free shipping, no tax, quick delivery

  6. I had the same issue when I installed a hook 7 on my little boat earlier this year - you need to push the transducer connection in harder, truthfully this is the worst connection I have ever seen on a lowrance unit

     

    It will recognize the transducer whether in or out of the water

  7. you can buy the wrap on amazon . Assuming you don't want to get fancy you can do it yourself, there are videos out there. I camo wrapped a duck boat a couple of years ago - it doesn't take a rocket scientist to do it  but a second set of hands helps a lot especially on a bigger boat

     

    The wrap on the duck boat has stood up well

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  8. I have the same boat (a couple years newer w/ a 60 hp 4st merc) and have a 6hp tohatsu 4 stroke (sail-pro model from onlineoutboards.com) mounted directly on the transom . They are connected with a simple quick connect rod on the front - It works great and does not drag in the water when running with it raised on the bracket. The eye on the back of the boat is not an issue.

    I previously had a 16' lund that was very similar and had an 8hp tohatsu on it - the 8hp was a little smoother at trolling speed since it was 2 cylinder and it had elec start

     

    Either will work with out any fancy stuff needed on the transom and neither seemed to create any issue due to their weight

     

    I used a control-king speed controller on both

  9. On my crestliner sabre with a main OB and kicker on an SST transom I mounted the 3rd rigger directly in front of the main OB with a 5ft boom that reached out over the OB. Ran this setup for years and never had any sort of issue. You will need a weight retriever on that rigger but with that inclusion it was simple to set and retrieve by turning the rigger 45 degrees away from this kicker during the rigging process and then turning it straight out the stern while running it.  I generally ran it as my deep rigger with my corner riggers at a 45 degree angle away from the boat, this set up easily support at typical 'V' downrigger set. I was also an aesthetically pleasing set up . IMO 2 riggers on one side increases your changes of cable tangles and complicates the set up of your diver and 'junk' rods. Don't over think it, it appears the back of your boat is similar to the way mine was and a 3rd rigger install looks pretty easy  (you might need a 6" pedestal since your OB looks a little higher than mine)

    Sorry I don't have any pictures handy

  10. with pretty much any 4 stroke OB you will need to go to an 8hp to get a 2 cylinder engine - if you opt for a 5 or 6 hp you will get a single cyl - it will run much 'rougher' - the difference is very noticable. I started with a6hp tohatsu on my 16' lund and after a year upgraded to an 8hp - major difference - also it is much easier to get Elec start when you move up to 8hp

  11. They make an eraser wheel you can use in a drill that removes them very cleanly, When I camo painted my old mirrocraft the heat gun didnt work worth a crap but the eraser wheel took them right off. I got mine at the auto finish store just off ridge road over by the gorge (cant remember the name of it)

  12. Frogger

     

    I ran an 8hp tohatsu 4stk with elec start as a kicker on my lund and it always ran great - had a controllKing on it .  I would definately recomend Online OBs - I bought 3 different motors from them and they were great to deal with 

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