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Kicker shaft length?

Discussion in 'Boating and Boat Rigging' started by DFJISH, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. DFJISH

    DFJISH

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    I've got a 16' 3" Lund Angler rigged for bay walleye trolling and will be putting an 8hp Yamaha kicker next to the 50hp Merc. The kicker I am looking at has a 25" shaft. Will this shaft be so long that when I tilt the kicker all the way up it will still drag in the water when the 50hp is cruising? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. kapt ken

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    There is a short shaft in classifieds for sale-
     

  3. Mags

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    Kicker for your boat should have the shaft length no longer than that of your main motor...........which is most likely a 20".
     
  4. Plug Tug

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    Ask Lindys they do them all the time on boats like yours.
     
  5. woodie slayer

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    ive got a 9.9 mercury pro kicker on my lund rebel with a 60 hp mercury it doesnt drag
     
  6. fishgitter

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    DFjish, I am looking for a 9.9 for my star craft 19 fishmaster if you have to get a shorter shaft I could be interested in your Yamaha 8?
     
  7. jfishbones

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    I agree, 20" sounds about right.
    I think short shafts are for 14 feet and under. All depends on transom height and mounting location.
     
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    I have a 1675 Impact and the kicker is a 20 inch. A 25 might work but bet there is problems with it on the trailer if you tow in the down position.
     
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    How tall is your transom? 15 is short, 20 and up, long
     
  10. ESOX

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    It also very much depends upon the hulls deadrise angle. My 18'6" has a 25" (XL) main motor and a 20" kicker that's on a Panther plate that actually raises the mounting height 6".

    Hull length has nothing to do with shaft length, only transom height at the mounting location matters.
    Btw Lund makes 14' SSV's in both 15 and 20" transoms. I have the 20" on a 14' boat.....
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  11. jfishbones

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    Thats only a 20" kicker, looks as long as my 25". I have the same kicker.
     
  12. ESOX

    ESOX Staff Member Super Mod Mods

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    You don't have the same kicker if yours is a 25".