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Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Boat Equipment, News and Events, Outboard Engines, Pontoon Boat, US | 2 comments

New Toon Kicker: Auxiliary Outboard Mount for Pontoons

Now you can rig your pontoon boat for slow-speed trolling, and have some get-home insurance.

Apparently one problem with running a big outboard on a pontoon boat is that sometimes you’ve got too much power. Or at least too much speed for trolling, when the motor is a big V6 turning a high-pitch prop. That’s one reason Al Witte, owner of Pow’rTran in St. Cloud, Minn., devised the Toon Kicker mounting bracket for rigging an auxiliary outboard to a pontoon boat.

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The Toon Kicker makes it possible to mount an auxiliary trolling motor on a pontoon boat.

“It was actually a journalist who called me and asked if I could make him a bracket for a kicker,” said Witte. “The main function is for trolling, but it also saves gas when the boat owner just wants to cruise at a slow speed, and it can be get-home insurance for pontoons heading out on more remote waters.”

The Toon Kicker is made from powder-coated, quarter-inch 6061 aluminum plate, bent at a right angle. One surface is mounted to the aft deck of the boat, while the other extends downward and can accommodate a lifting motor bracket, which must be supplied by the boat owner. The unit is braced by an arm that extends forward to be bolted to the structure of the boat. The Toon Kicker can be mounted to port or starboard of the main motor, and a slotted backing plate for the brace makes it possible to fit the unit most boats. Witte said that kicker brackets from Pow’rTran, Garelick, Marine Tech and Panther will bolt up to the Toon Kicker, which is designed to support 120 pounds and an outboard up to 9.9 horsepower. The kicker motor can be steered via a tie rod to the anti-ventilation plate of the main motor.

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Toon Kicker mounts to the pontoon deck and is braced by an arm extended forward and bolted to the boat structure. The actual lifting bracket for the motor is not included with the Toon Kicker.

The Toon Kicker is priced at $289, and Witte says that larger braces can be made on special order, either to fit a specific boat or to hold a bigger auxiliary motor.

For More Information, visit Pow’rTran.

Charles Plueddeman

2 Comments

  1. I have a 2002 22ft Lowe pontoon with a 115 mercury outboard. I would like to mount a kicker up to 15 hp. Would this set up be as the one pictured? What all would i do,to make this possible. TY

  2. Hi Joe – we contacted our Outboard Expert Charles Plueddeman, and this is what he had to say:

    I would first contact PowrTran, http://www.powrtran.com/index.html and give them your specific application information. All pontoons are a little different and they will know how to best fit the bracket. You’ll also need to decide if you want to rig remote starting and steering, which will require a separate throttle control and a tie-rod from your main engine.

    When I go to the PowrTran website, I don’t see this product (PB 500) listed from the home page, but when I searched for it directly the web page came up.

    Maybe your first call should be to PowrTran to make sure it is still being produced. 1-800-466-7697 Good luck!