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Old 03-04-2013, 01:54 PM
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I got a 20ft grady overnighter that I use for both fishing and crabbing her on the bay. Working the trout line this year wasn't to much fun with her. I'm looking to get a trolling motor put on possibly. Would this be dumb? If not a kicker motor? Any help appreciated
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:06 PM
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I had same boat with a kicker longshaft I had a tierod to connect both motors so I could steer with helm. Four stroke is best so you could tee into your fuel tank because most small 2 strokes need mixed 50/1 one problem I did have if it got bumpy the motor would come out of the water while underway
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:10 PM
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Ya you need a kicker to troll unless you want to throw out a sift sock but that can be dangerous. My kicker went everywhere wen it was rough out. Def long shaft.
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i had same boat with a 9.9 HT Yamaha four stroke and it was awesome you will love it
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by 49erJim View Post
i had same boat with a 9.9 HT Yamaha four stroke and it was awesome you will love it
so i shouldnt go any lower than 9.9
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:28 PM
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High thrust 8 will do you.

I had a 9.9 but that was before the 8 HTs came out
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:27 PM
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I use 9.9 hp kicker on 22 Grady. 250 will troll but don't want to put all those hours on big engine.
My motors are tied together and have seperate controls for 9.9 at helm. Get's you home in a pinch too. Pretty common setup around here in Puget Sound.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:57 AM
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I also owned one of these--used a kicker--8 HP--spun out a prop, with 12 aboard, and the 8 hp brought the boat back 10 miles no problem...Trolling motor--no. Too much windage in that size type of boat.
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I second the high thrust 8 hp long shaft recommendation. I use a high thrust 9.9 25" on my 24' GW and it trolls great from 0.8 up to about 6 mph. I have an OMC kicker bracket and EZ-steer tie rod connected to the main motor that work well.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:41 AM
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If you fish in areas that have lots of traffic it is better to have seperate controls at the helm for the kicker. The only bad thing is while the kicker is on and the main is off anything that is connected to the main key won't be operating. I am sure you could rewire but my GW was set up this way.
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