Todd in NY

What kicker motor has the best charging system?

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Other than the fuel hose, what else do you have running through the transom to the kicker? I like that kicker bracket, and you've really simplified your transom area, it looks real good!

Just the control cables and power (elec. start).

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Here's another consideration...

For those of you running a kicker with an I/O stern drive, how are you steering your kicker? My I/O has power assisted rack and pinion, and my kicker would be attached to the out drive via a bar or rod. Would that make it more difficult to steer the kicker with the main motor and power steering system not running?

Yup, no power steering on 2160/2460 models when the main engine is off. In practice it's not a big problem. Steering is tight but passable with an ex steer connector. Low speed steering on these boats (with power steering/main engine on) is like guiding a drunken sailor...the reduced play in the steering can be helpful for non-drunken sailor crew.

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1 amp doesn't seem like enough juice with all the electronics we run.

kinda agree however for what it's worth , went with a 9.8 electric start, now I run Depth, Fish Hawk, AP,radios, lights, aerator. When I'm done trolling 6-8hrs my batteries are at 14v like new. When I had my non electric prior to I had to start my main every now and then to make sure That level of comfort to me is huge and would never go back to a non charging system.

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kinda agree however for what it's worth , went with a 9.8 electric start, now I run Depth, Fish Hawk, AP,radios, lights, aerator. When I'm done trolling 6-8hrs my batteries are at 14v like new. When I had my non electric prior to I had to start my main every now and then to make sure That level of comfort to me is huge and would never go back to a non charging system.

 

Good to know, thanks!

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Yup, no power steering on 2160/2460 models when the main engine is off. In practice it's not a big problem. Steering is tight but passable with an ex steer connector. Low speed steering on these boats (with power steering/main engine on) is like guiding a drunken sailor...the reduced play in the steering can be helpful for non-drunken sailor crew.

 

Funny, we don't want to troll in straight lines anyway, right? What steering connector do you use?

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Pro kicker puts out almost 6 amp whether idle or full throttle. They are specifically designed for the application. Also when using a kicker on a full size boat your never at idle. I'm usually 1/4 throttle to 3/4 throttle

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EZ Steer.

 

It's hard to find an EZ Steer that will fit my OMC Cobra. Looks like I will have to call them directly. Thanks for the info.

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Pro kicker puts out almost 6 amp whether idle or full throttle. They are specifically designed for the application. Also when using a kicker on a full size boat your never at idle. I'm usually 1/4 throttle to 3/4 throttle

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This late in the season I'll just wait until next year to make a decision. It seems like a 25" shaft is the best way to go for my boat, based on what you other Bayliner Trophy owners are saying.

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I just have two batteries connected in parallel. Run all day just using my kicker motor which has no charging system at all.

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Thanks for the info. My one size 29 Interstate battery takes up too much of my battery box to add another battery without some modifications. I've considered adding a cranking battery next year.

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I run a 1980's 7.5 Honda with little to no charging at troll speeds. Run 3 riggers, GPs, Fishhawk, Sonar,& Troll King.. With a reg. starting battery it fishes all day and still has enough amps left in it to fire up the 88hp OB. I do carry a spare Group[ 27 deep cycle as a reserve just in case. The only fall out is my sonar will start not marking bottom in 500FOW+.

So a good used 4stroke and an extrza $100 deep cycle battery gets my vote. Plus it's good to have a 2nd battery anyways just in case! 

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My spare batt is just in a battery box in the corner with leads ran to connect it in parallel if needed.

Thanks for the info.

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Thing is for me I don't want wear and tear on my big outboard so I run the merc 9.9 with 2 deep cycle battery's pushing a 23 ft bayliner trophy radio is going... fish finder is on lights on bilge off and on occassionally only time it didn't keep up the charging was once I forgot to turn bilge pump off but then all ya gotta do is turn off all your **** and run your kicker for 10-15 minutes and you'll get enough juice to turn over your big motor

Newfie Bruce

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There are many advantages to a kicker, and the feedback here has been great. I like having a kicker as a backup motor, to keep the hours lower on my main, better fuel economy, and a kicker isn't as loud.

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I just put a Yamaha High Thrust 9.9 on my Skeeter MX 1825 last week. Shakedown was good. Headed to Lake Ontario Sunday night to give it a good workout.

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