Just posted this on another forum, but figured I would ask here as well...I definately need some advice!
I bought an 09 Trophy 2152 walk around last fall and am ready to pull the trigger on a kicker set up for the boat. I have been trying to research all the possible options/prices on mounts and motors, and it is driving me bonkers..
Motors: i have pretty much settled on a yamaha T-8 or T-9, Mercury pro kicker, or a tohatsu 9.8 for just a touch less. I think I am going to go with power tilt/electric start. I also plan on getting an EZ steer setup for the rig.
i am at a loss wether to get a 20 or 25 inch shaft. I know it pretty much depends on my mounting system, which brings me to my other dilema..
it seems most folks advise against the adjustable mounting brackets from Garelick, etc., (but I was looking at the panther 4 stroke model, $400) Everyone raves about the OMC mounts, but try as I might, I cannot for the life of me find ANY on the net...are they out of production? I have talked to a few who say go with a fixed mount, and I am looking at this one from adventure marine..
So I guess my questions are:
1) Is there a good local place (or Online) who you reccommend to buy the motor? (i am new to the area..(Harrison Township)
2) Which shaft length should I get? 20 or 25?
3) which mounting system should I go with?
basically, if you had my boat, how would you set it up? I would like to keep the set up around 3K if possible..I definately want to do this right the first time, before I start drilling holes through my shiny new boats transom!