Let's See Those Driftboat Kickers.

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  1. nomlasder

    nomlasder Active Member

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    I made an adapter plate ( 3/8" aluminum) bolted to the anchor arm. I used a bow mount motor for the remote control functions (hard wired to a foot pad)

    Works well.
     
  2. AndyW

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    Thanks for the pics.

    Measuring the width of the mouning bracket on a 6hp merc, it is 7", the same up to a 9.9. Looking at the set-up on my clack I could just drill 2 holes in the top of the transom and move the anchor bracket over to one side and mount the motor. As far as the lower pully goes I will just leave it be where it is, minumizing the holes I have to drill.

    Those of you that have gas kickers on your boats what hp do you have? I plan to use my motor only in the lakes to get me from a to b. Rowing around once I get to where I want to be. Definately no plans to use my motor in the rivers. I think a 6hp should be lots of power for what I want.
     
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    How much thrust does that motor have? It gets real windy where I am, does that electric motor have enough jam to push the boat with 3 passengers into the wind faster than rowing?
     
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    55 lbs, pushes the boat 4.8 mph. this model motor has a transponder in the drive for a fish finder which I also made a temproray mount.
     
  5. Wet Wade

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    Well, I used my new-to-me kicker this weekend on a lake, it worked great. I'll definitely have to off-set the anchor so I can put the motor directly on the transom, if it were to sit any higher the prop and intake would not sit far enough in the water. We fished for about 4 1/2 hours and only burned through about 2/3 of a tank of gas (it has a built-in 1 gallon tank).

    Funny story. Just to putz around this lake I decided to take the anchor system off, including the pulley at the base of the transom, which is held on by 2 bolts. I don't know why I took the pulley off, excited to use my kicker I guess. About half way across the lake I looked back to realize I forgot to put the bolts back in the holes and remembered that they were sitting on my counter at home. Water was gushing in; the holes are not that big so it wasn’t like we were in any danger but enough water was coming in for a few choice words. The issue was resolved with a stick being jammed in each hole.
     
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    Thanks for the report Wade.

    I just purchased 5hp Honda long shaft. Looked at a few used ones and opted for new.
    This motor has a very narrow mount, so I should be able to mount it by just re-mounting the anchor bracket to one side. It is going on a Clack 16lp, using it to hunt for pike in the lakes.
     
  7. Wet Wade

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    That’s a sweet motor, it’ll work great on your boat.

    I have a 16 LP as well. You should call Clacka and order the pulley and anchor arm spacer from them, it's only $30. The pulley is angled to kick the rope to the off-set anchor arm and the spacer goes between the anchor arm and transom to angle it a little more allowing more room for the motor and a better angle for the rope. I should have mine sometime this week, I'll post pics.
     
  8. AndyW

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    Is this item picture on their website?

    That would be great if you post a picture once you get it. I was going to jerry-rig something myself, but this may be the ticket.
     
  9. Wet Wade

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    No, it's not on their web site and they don't have any pics of it, I asked. Mine should be shipped tomorrow, which means I'll probably get it on Thursday so I'll get pics up Friday-ish.
     
  10. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    I have an old copy of STS lying around somewhere that has an article about how to rig up your driftboat with a 24 volt system electric motor. Basically, they mounted the two 12 volt batteries up in the bow, hooked up "in series."
    The 24 volt system is supposed to be more efficient, as well as more powerful, than a 12 volt system.
    If anyone is serious about installing an electric motor on their driftboat and would like to read the article but can't find it, I will send them the old mag, in exchange for a fly or two.
     
  11. Wet Wade

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    I just got my Cabelas Bargain Cave mailer yesterday, they have reconditioned 50 LB thrust Minn Kota's for something like $229. Sounds like a decent enough deal if anyone is looking for an electric kicker.
     
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    Got the off-set pulley and anchor arm spacer from Clacka last week. It came with 2 1/2" bolts, they are just not quite long enough so I'll replace them later this week with 3" bolts. Also, once my boat dries out I'll cover the old holes with Duct tape untill I decide how to, or if I want to, fill these holes. The thicker part of the transom is wood sandwiched by fiberglass, I definitally do not want this wood rotting on me.

    Here's some before and after pics.

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    Plenty of room to turn the motor w/o hitting anything -

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  13. AndyW

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    Thanks for posting the pictures.