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Old 03-20-2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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Default New Kicker for the Ol NR any thoughts ??

Thinking of buying a new kicker for the North River ....just thinking about it. The boat now has a 8 hp Mariner that matches the main engine.

The kicker bolts to the transom no bracket.

Any input about size and or brands ??

Anything you couldn't live without??

Is electric start worth it??

My kicker has a LOT of hours on it still runs like a top but it did die a low idle and seemed to be flooded, wait a few mins and fires back up and runs like a top. Only did this 2 times so not really conserned but Just think it's time to look at changing it out for a new 4 stroke.

Any input would be great !!

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Old 03-20-2006, 10:41 AM   #2
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My North River has a 8 h.p. Yamaha & It's perfect. No frills manual start & trim.

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Old 03-20-2006, 10:45 AM   #3
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Yamaha T8. What else would you buy? Saw some really good deals on new 2005 Yamaha kickers. PM if you want more info.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:53 AM   #4
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I have a Suzuki but if I was in the market for another one I would get a Yamaha. I have heard a lot of good comments about them.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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Any input would be great !!

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I miss my old Merc. The T8 Yamaha is fine, but no way equals the convenience of the old Mercs.

I'd tune up the Mariner (Merc) and carry on.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:00 AM   #6
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If you do buy new... Yami T8 w/elect Tilt & elec start. It is the energizer battery of kickers. And yes, the electric start is worth it.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:44 AM   #7
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I've had a Johnson 9.9, Merc 8, Honda 7.5, Honda 8 and Yamaha T-8 kickers myself and fished with other folks with at least a dozen others, all brands. Hands down my favorite is my T-8 Yamaha, power tilt/electric start. Definitely worth electric start and tilt. I can't imagine buying any other kicker for any boat between 16 and 30 feet.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:45 AM   #8
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:57 AM   #9
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I've heard so many glowing testimonials about the t-8 I may have to consider changing my kicker too. I have a 15 hp 2000 honda that's really overkill for my 19' NR w/sportjet setup. I have to deploy a drogue to even approach moderately slow trolling speeds.

any one have any recent pricing info?
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:43 PM   #10
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I've heard so many glowing testimonials about the t-8 I may have to consider changing my kicker too. I have a 15 hp 2000 honda that's really overkill for my 19' NR w/sportjet setup. I have to deploy a drogue to even approach moderately slow trolling speeds.

any one have any recent pricing info?
i have a 2000 9.9 honda that wouldnt troll down until i replaced the prop with a 4 blade, now it almost trolls to slow, i bought the prop at sportcraft.
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:59 PM   #11
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i just got the 9.9 merc pro kicker and it works well.stevens marine has got some good pricing
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:06 PM   #12
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I bought my NR just before you did. I think I met you when we went fishing with Scott. Any way we went with Yami power on both and it works great. The T8 is worth every penny. Yes you do need power tilt and electric start, you won't regret it. Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:11 PM   #13
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Yamaha T8, mines a pull start but is great, matches big motor!
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:11 PM   #14
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Whatever you get.I would make sure it has the shifter in the handle.Way more convenient.Yes the electric start is worth it.Power trim is very nice also.
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:08 PM   #15
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The Yamaha T8 is the only way to go. Electric start is a must and the power tilt will save your sholders when you tilt the motor up when you are running the big motor. Also, buy the Yamaha tac and hour meter when you get one, I like to find the proper RPMs to work my bait or hardware. When I set up to troll I can duplicate the speed I want. This is the best trolling motor I have ever owned!

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Old 03-20-2006, 02:22 PM   #16
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My T8 with the trim and Estart is a bit cold blooded but does everything I can ask it to do with my 19' Duckworth. Love it. no smoke, no smell, same gas as big motor and very quiet. handles wind and chop very well. My only complaint is that it's cold blooded, but I can live with that. Hands down the best "little" motor I've ever owned. zip
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:48 PM   #17
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Default Re: New Kicker for the Ol NR any thoughts ??

Alright.... I'll bite. I've got an '03 9.9 4 stroke Bigfoot Merc, and it's not whisper quiet... but it starts on the second pull (except on the last trip, when it started on the first pull and I don't know what that's about), and it trolls down as slow as I want to go, on my 19' boat. Mine is an extra long shaft, a must in my view, and without electric start, or trim. Bare bones, and works great for me....

One of my best buddies has the T-8 on his 19' Duck (with trim and electric start), and loves it. I don't think you can go too wrong with any New kicker, whether it be Yami, or Honda, or Merc...

Best of luck with your choice... Tim
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