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Kicker bracket position
I recently bought a 24' sailboat for my fiancee, and it came with a LS Mercury 9.9 on the kicker (I've read all the opinion regarding Merc outboards... it came with it. Let's leave it at that). The kicker bracket is mounted on the median of the centreline and port side of the stern (i.e. on the stern halfway between the rudder and the port side). When under power, the thrust sits the stern down a little lower in the water, putting the water line about 3 or 4 inches above the anti-cavitation plate. While we don't intend on sailing this small boat in weather, 3" of clearance often means that even a small swell will lift the stern and consequently the lower unit of the outboard out of the water. This wreaks havoc on the impeller, not to mention the boat's forward motion.
I have two questions. First, at what depth should the anti-cavitation plate of an outboard on a kicker be submerged to reasonably alleviate this issue?
Second, is it feasible to remove the kicker bracket from its existing location, fibreglass in the old holes, and remount it an inch or two lower? Would there be considerable structural issues?
Thanks for any constructive help you may have.
Last edited by Hyperion; 07-06-2007 at 06:53 PM.