Has anyone installed a kicker motor on their 185 Bayliner? If so I would really appreciate some details of how it was mounted, if a long shaft was long enought, HP of the motor and pictures if at all possible. I want the use the kicker motor as a backup when I go fishing near the San Juan Islands. Thanks ahead of time for you help.
After talking with the manager of our local marina I decided to order a 7 hp 4 stroke with an EXTRA long shaft and will plan on mounting it off my swim step using a simple bracket. According to the manager he saw another Bayliner owner with the same type boat use this configuration. Wish me luck.
Sorry I am so late in posting this. I did purchase a 6 hp Japanese boat motor (sorry but I cannot remember the name offhand) with the longest shaft I could find. It starts right up with no problem.
I now have had a bit of experience with it. I ended up mounting it as close to the inboard/outboard drive as I coud so it would be near the center line. I carefully checked my clearances on both outdrives by swinging them fully left and right. In the water the 6 hp seems to do okay in moving the boat forward and back but with some tendency to yaw the boat which would be expected. I mounted the 6 hp engine not on the swim step as I originally thought but rather on the same flat area the swim step is mounted on but on the opposite side of the main engine outdrive so I didn't have to give up the swim step. I ended up using an aluminum L bracket that I purchased on line and bolted the bracket to the top of the flat area I described above. The bolts basically came down inboard of my battery area.
The only think I am not entirely please about is if one is in a situation with lots of waves it seems like the prop could come out of the water, however, since I am steering the motor from the rear seat that tends to keep the prop further in the water. I would have felt better if I had a few more inches on the shaft. The other good think about the outboard motor I ordered is that it comes with a alternator so one can change the main battery. My understanding these motors with the long shaft are often used on sailboats so they want the alternator or recharging. When I uncover my boat in a few weeks for the new season I wil try to update the engine brand. Cheers