Equip your boat to eas­ily carry and de­ploy a kicker mo­tor.

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Aux­il­iary out­board mo­tors serve power­boaters in two pri­mary roles: 1) as an emer­gency get-home mo­tor in case the big en­gine conks out, and 2) for al­ter­nate propul­sion when the main en­gine moves the boat too fast to ef­fec­tively slow-troll. An­glers in the Pa­cific North­west and else­where find “kick­ers,” as they’re called, ex­tremely use­ful when slow-trolling for salmon and trout. Sail­boaters also use kick­ers when sail­ing is im­prac­ti­cal.

One way to carry and use a kicker is with an aux­il­iary out­board bracket, such as the Gare­lick model 71091, which is built es­pe­cially for heav­ier, high-torque fourstroke mo­tors. This model can han­dle en­gine weights up to 175 pounds and as much as 25 hp, al­low­ing you to smoothly raise and lower the mo­tor with one hand.

This bracket fea­tures black-satin an­odized alu­minum con­struc­tion with a 2-inch-thick black poly mount­ing board and of­fers four ver­ti­cal run­ning po­si­tions to ac­com­mo­date the boat load and wa­ter con­di­tions. Stain­less-steel hard­ware of­fers dura­bil­ity. We in­stalled this bracket on the tran­som of a stern­drive-pow­ered boat. —Jim Hendricks

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