The C-Brats Forum Index
HomeForumsMy TopicsCalendarEvent SignupsMemberlistOur C-DorysThe Brat MapPhotos

Kicker options for Tomcat 255

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The C-Brats Forum Index -> General Chat
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
joechiro30



Joined: 24 Sep 2014
Posts: 52
City/Region: Lynnwood
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:29 pm    Post subject: Kicker options for Tomcat 255 Reply with quote

I've had a stellar season of catching kings this year and although I have had sucess there are still limitations in getting the right speed at times. Has anyone seen or attempted to put a kicker motor on a Tomcat and if so what power engine worked size of the kicker. Did the kicker add too much weight to the stern.

Thanks for your help. Would like to fine tune my trolling speed.

Joe
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
thataway



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
Posts: 15073
City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Thisaway
Photos: Thataway
PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Tom Cat 30 walk around has used a High thrust 8 hp for trolling. This is mounted in the center of the bracket.

On our Tom Cat, I made a motor mount for our 3.5 hp dinghy motor which fit on the fittings for the dive "T" boarding ladder. This mount was out of Starboard, and was fine for the 3.5 hp--I would want something substantially sturdier for an 8 hp. The heads of the bolts were squared off and just fit perfectly in the SS slot for the boarding ladder.

For my Caracal--single engine cat--I bolted an "L" bracket on the swim step and it is quickly removable. It would take an 8 hp. To adapt to the Tom Cat, I would set up 4 points to bolt the bracket int on the Aluminum bracket. Those points might have to be welded on. I used a similar type of system for the bow roller on my Cal 46 to make the roller removable and reversible. I mounted a 1/2" thick SS plate on the deck, and tapped it for 1/2" bolts which were flat head (use allen socket, rather than slotted or phillips type of screw diver.

I don't think that the weight of an 8 hp would make a lot of difference, and would be do-able....

Sorry for the out of focus shot



If you wanted a permanent installation, then weld a vertical member to the outboard bracket--may need side gussets. Put a wooden block in the center for the required thickness for the motor clamps. The shaft of the kicker would have have be the same length as the main motors.

_________________
Bob Austin
Thataway
Thisaway 2006 22' CDory November 2011
Caracal 18 140 Suzuki
Thataway TomCat 255 150 Suzukis June 2006 thru August 2011
C Pelican; 1992, 22 Cruiser, 2002 thru 2006
Frequent Sea; 2003 C D 25, 2007 thru 2009
KA6PKB
Home port: Pensacola FL
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
OffLeash



Joined: 12 Oct 2015
Posts: 72
City/Region: SEATTLE
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: OffLeash
Photos: OffLeash
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob....Elegant solution to use existing ladder mounting hardware for a kicker mount. Does the 3.5 move the Tomcat enough for trolling?
_________________
Hiromi and Mike
OffLeash in the Pacific Northwest
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail AIM Address
PaulNBriannaLynn



Joined: 26 Oct 2012
Posts: 416
City/Region: Kilkenny
State or Province: GA
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: TBD
Photos: Lorelei
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried dragging a bucket to slow you down?
_________________
2007 22 cruiser 10/2017
2009 Parker 23SE sold 10/2017
2003 22 cruiser sold 3/2016
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
thataway



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
Posts: 15073
City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Thisaway
Photos: Thataway
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OffLeash wrote:
Bob....Elegant solution to use existing ladder mounting hardware for a kicker mount. Does the 3.5 move the Tomcat enough for trolling?


I don't know what speed you want. We would get 2 to 3 knots with the 3 hp. Steering was with the engines still down--there are tiller extensions for the small motors, or a 1 1/4" ID PVC pipe works on mine...You would get slightly high speeds with the motors up.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The C-Brats Forum Index -> General Chat All times are GMT - 6 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
     Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You cannot download files in this forum



Page generation time: 0.0493s (PHP: 73% - SQL: 27%) - SQL queries: 22 - GZIP disabled - Debug on