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    I found a 25hp with a jet for a kicker, my only concern is it may to big and heavy for my boat it's a 17ft silver streak grizz has a 90 on it now but it's pretty old and looking for a back up.

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    25hp is a pretty big kicker for a 17' boat. Seems like that would take up a good portion of your transom.

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    Size does matter, but a 25hp auxiliary on a 17' boat is overkill. You'll see boats in the 20' range with 9.9-15 hp as "kickers". 25hp (even with a jet, which effectively makes it about a 15hp) is pretty big. Plus, a little kicker driving a big boat should be very steerable, and jets just don't cut it for that.
    I'll buy it from you however. Would be great on my jon boat.

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    I think you'd be much happier with an 8-15 horse kicker. The older two strokes are fairly light, under 80#'s, I wouldn't want to have much more than, and the old e-rude 8's are only 56#'s. I use an 8 horse on my 22' boat and so long as I'm not trying to make headway into the wind it'll move me along at 4 knots. You aren't going to get anywhere fast with a kicker, so the key is keep it as light as possible.
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    Well i decided to pass on the motor they guy even weighed it for me!! Said it was about a 100lbs so I passed anyone looking should call him he has an ad on alaskas list. I will prob kick myself for it but oh well.

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    Mooneyman,

    I have a very "lightweight" 25hp jet. It's a 2-stroke short-shaft Yamaha. It originally weighed 106# as a prop. With the jet lower unit installed, it now weighs 122#. (Most of the newer 4-stroke 25hp jets are running 170-200#, so, I'm very happy with my 122# "lightweight".) Some sellers like to round-down the weight of their smaller outboards, because "portable" motors are expected to be, well . . . easy to carry.

    I just looked at that AKlist ad. It looks like that jet does not have the "reverse nozzle" and linkage, so, that probably saves a few pounds (at the cost of manueverablity that you might want from a kicker on your boat?) But, "about a 100lbs" seems kinda optimistic.

    Besides, like Sayak said, jets don't steer very well, unless you're going fast, and that's not what a kicker does on a larger boat.

    Thanx, Dave.
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    I started another thread about the size of kickers not too long ago. I was pretty amazed at how small most go even for real big boats with good results. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. The last thing I need is another 100+ pounds on my 18' Bayrunner....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    I started another thread about the size of kickers not too long ago. I was pretty amazed at how small most go even for real big boats with good results. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. The last thing I need is another 100+ pounds on my 18' Bayrunner....
    Haha! I have the same boat, and it pushes along fine with the trusty old 9.9 Johnson.

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