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Your kicker motor is considered part of the “Persons and
Gear” weight on your boat. See
sidebar, “When Distributing
Weight, Beware!” on page 82
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SOLUTIONS FROM THE BoatU.S. TECH TEAM
HOW TO COUNT A KICKER
How specific is a boat’s power rating? If a boat is rated for 200 horsepower and
has a 200-hp outboard, plus a 15-hp kicker, is it legally overpowered?
JOHN ADEY: Boatbuilders go through a series of calculations and maneuvering tests, taking into account the weight (only on boats less than 26 feet) when stating the horsepower
rating on the plate. So, only engines used at the same time would be included in the rating
(duals, triples, quads, and at the recent Miami show, quints!). Your 15-hp kicker would
be considered part of the “Persons and Gear” weight and should be considered as you
load the boat.
is a good idea, the answer is, probably not.
Counter-rotation does help with low-speed
tracking and handling, but beyond that
and maybe the way the wake looks, you’re
unlikely to notice any significant difference
in performance. If you’re buying a new boat
and have a choice, then counter-rotating
props are probably better, but to go to the
trouble and expense of modifying an existing
boat, the benefits just aren’t there.
I have a Sea Ray 280 with twin 260-hp Mercruisers. The props turn in the same direction.
Is it a good idea to switch to counter-rotating props? Do I have to change engines or just the
sterndrives, or both? Are there significant advantages to this upgrade? Alex Simeneta
TYING HER DOWN
I’m in the process of building a slip for a
42-foot Kadey-Krogen trawler. How should I
attach the cleats to the dock so they have the
strength to hold the boat in a storm?
DON CASEY: You can buy a left-hand-rotation sterndrive. The engine would be
unchanged; it does not turn in reverse with Alpha drives. As for whether making this change
TOM NEALE: Not many of us actually build a dock. However, your question is
important to most of us because we need to
choose where and to what to tie. I prefer to