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A kicker motor generally refers to a model that is used to supplement a larger outboard motor.

A small motor like this is often intended for trolling or going slow.

Kicker motors are also commonly used as auxiliary power for sail boats when wind conditions are not favorable or positioning the boat is important.

A kicker motor is most commonly a 6 hp, 8hp, 9.8hp or 9.9 hp model motor with a 20” shaft or 25” shaft.

Measure from the top of your transom to the bottom of your keel. If it is from 15″ to 17″ long you’ll need to get an outboard with a “short” shaft. If it is from 20″ to 22″ long you’ll need our “long” shaft outboard. Outboard shafts are measured from the bottom of the engine mounting bracket to the cavitation plate on the lower unit. Generally most boats need either a short or long shaft although some boats require a 25″ shaft (ultra-long shaft) outboard.

Please note that depending on the particular model, some shaft lengths may be 2″ longer than “standard” (ie: a short shaft may be 17″ instead of 15″ and a long shaft may be 22″ instead of 20″). Therefore, depending on the configuration of your keel, the shaft length required by your boat may be different than the above recommendation. Should you have any questions, we recommend that you contact us to determine which is the correct shaft length for your particular boat.

NO! Four-stroke outboards are not filled with oil from the factory. You must add oil to the crankcase prior to use.

Yes. The lower unit gear oil is pre-filled by the factory, however, you should check to ensure proper level before first use. To replace/add lower unit oil we recommend any SAE 80 or 90 weight oil. For additional information, see your owner’s manual or our step-by-step instructions on how to check or change the oil in your lower unit.

The minimum octane rating that you should use is 87, with no more than 10%e ethanol.  However, it is highly recommended to use non-ethanol gasoline with an octane rating of 89 or higher when possible.

Yes. All tiller operated outboards equipped with electric start (30hp and below) also have the standard manual thru-cowling pull cord. You do not have to remove the cowling or do anything special. No more missed boating trips due to a dead battery. All electric start models also feature a 12V charging system as standard pre-installed equipment so engines can be manually crank started to recharge a dead or weak battery.

Smallest Long Shaft Outboard with Electric Start: 8hp.  Smallest Short Shaft Outboard with Electric Start: 9.8hp.  All 4-stroke outboards equipped with electric start feature a factory installed 12V charging system and full back-up manual rope start through the cowling (just as found on manual start models) as standard equipment.

The 12V charging system allows the user to charge a 12V battery. With this option installed, the outboard engine will send charging current to the battery when the outboard engine is running. The output is variable based on engine RPM.

We offer genuine Tohatsu/Nissan 12V charging systems that include a rectifier which provide your outboard with the ability to charge a 12V battery should you have the need or desire to do so.

Sail Pro and Sail Power models include the 12V charging system pre-installed by the factory.

A “remote control” outboard is one that is equipped with remote steering, throttle, and shift controls.  Suzuki is the only manufacturer that authorizes to ship remote control models.

Yes. All portable outboards are designed for saltwater and freshwater use. These outboards are used by commercial fisherman worldwide and are prized for their long-term durability over years of demanding saltwater use. For maximum durability and corrosion protection, all outboards feature: High Grade Marine Alloy Construction, Stainless Steel Water Pump Housings, Zinc Coated Internal Water Passages, Sacrificial Zinc Anodes, and Exclusive Multi-Layer Protective Coating.

A break-in chart is included in your owner’s manual. Correct operation during the break-in period will prolong the life of your new outboard and will ensure optimum performance. Break-in consists of maintaining lower RPM levels and varying the RPM’s for the first 10 hours of use. Break-in should be done under a load (on your boat, not at home in a container of water).

If you need help locating a service center in your area, please email us and include your zip code.  Authorized ervice centers can also provide service after the warranty period.

Outboards undergo an extensive factory inspection, including a tank test prior to being crated.  This ensures the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction upon delivery. Engine oil must be added prior to use. The engine oil is drained by the factory prior to shipping. When your new outboard arrives, you simply add engine oil (amount and type are shown on page 1 of manual). The lower unit gear lube is pre-filled from the factory. No assembly is required. Even the propeller is pre-installed for your convenience. If you purchase an electric start model, your outboard will include battery leads pre-installed from the factory (battery not included). You simply connect the battery leads to your battery. Read the owner’s manual carefully prior to operation. The owner’s manual contains important information regarding the break-in period, safety and proper use of your outboard engine.


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