Cruisers Forum

  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-09-2019, 20:53   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 8
Kicker Bracket Location

I have an Ericson 27 and I am installing a kicker bracket onto the boat. This boat already has an inboard engine and so this would just be used for light and quiet cruising, and as a back-up motor should the main one fail. The boat has never had a kicker installed before and this is the first time Iím installing a kicker bracket on any boat. Iím curious about optimal height to place the kicker bracket. I was thinking that to avoid as much cavitation as possible that it would be best to place the bracket so that when it is in the fully lowered position, the bottom most portion of the bracket is barely just above the water line. Is this a good plan? Is there any concern this would be too low and I might risk immersing the entire motor in the water in choppier seas? I sail exclusively in the Puget Sound.
Deep Waters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-09-2019, 01:55   #2
Senior Cruiser
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 47,906
Images: 241
Re: Kicker Bracket Location

Mount the bracket such that the kickerís anti-ventilation plate at, and parallel to, the boatís waterline, when the bracket is down.
Since the outboard tiller is usually on the port side of the motor, most kickers are mounted on the starboard-side of the transom to facilitate easier tiller steering and throttle control while slow-trolling or putting home.
Thusly ➥
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-09-2019, 09:39   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Southport CT
Boat: Sabre 402
Posts: 2,526
Re: Kicker Bracket Location

Sounds like you are worried about the A4 dying and are using the outboard for insurance. Submerging the outboard in a wave is a sure way to kill that one. (You’ve never had a wave hit the transom and send spray into the cockpit?) Getting the A4 overhauled or tuned up might be cheaper insurance. Also, are you planning a pull-start or electric start? The first may be difficult with the height of your transom, and wiring the second could be a problem too.
psk125 is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need a kicker bracket Deep Waters General Sailing Forum 1 05-09-2019 07:50
Alternate Power ~ the Kicker Soundgrrl General Sailing Forum 2 24-10-2010 09:00
Kicker Motor ~ What Length Shaft ? Soundgrrl Monohull Sailboats 0 23-10-2010 16:56
Kicker Motor ksmith Construction, Maintenance & Refit 1 02-01-2009 14:25

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:46.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.