I am considering a new kicker for a 21ft. North River...I will be in the Willamette, Columbia, Santiam, high lakes, bays and a trip or two over the bar...I am considering the yamaha 8hp or 15 hp Honda. Any fedback would be appreciated.....
I bought the Yamaha 4 stroke 8 horse hi thrust for my 18 footer. It has more than enough power to push me againt the current in the Columbia. I my get 5 to 8 mph. I went with the Yamaha because of the shift control lever located on the tiller handle. Much easier to reach than all the other.
Crabbait is right. Make sure you get the electric start and electric tilt. I have a Yamaha 9.9 on my 19' North River mounted on my swim deck. Manual start, manual tilt, and the shifter is on the side of the motor. The motor is fine, just a pain to shift and tilt.
I LOVE my Honda 8HP 4 stroke kicker. It has never failed me and it pushes my 22' C-Dory Angler hard top cuddy cabin boat just over 7 mph and trolls below 1 mph. I call it my little Honda Hero cause it has bought me back to the dock 3 times.
Smooth and quiet. I'll second the comment about Sportcraft, great service.
[ 04-10-2003, 05:31 AM: Message edited by: Mr. Fisherman ]
yamaha hi thrust 8hp 4 stroke power start and tilt
they say it has the push of a 25hp. it will push our 20' glass boat just as fast or faster than our 25hp yamaha. and also troll slower just my $0.02 Quick Fisher :cheers:
I just bought a 10 h.p. Honda from Sportcraft on Friday. They were the most helpful and had the best price. I have only had the motor out once, it did fine, but I can't report on whether it is better than the Yamaha. I'll let you know about reliability in 20 years or so. :smile:
I got the Honda 9.9 from Sportcraft Marina.
The salesman suggested to buy the standard 9.9
its about $150.00 less than the high thrust model. Then buy the high thrust prop seperate for about $80.00, the only differance between the two is the sticker on the motor cover and the prop.
Go with the larger motor. An 8 probably won't get you back home as a backup against any sort of tide/current. A 15 might not either but the odds are twice as good. Trolling you should uyse the same fuel. Takes the same HP and fuel to move the boat at a given speed regardless of the peak power. :smile: