07-17-2008, 11:20 AM
anybody remember my post a few days ago about the kicker motor and how it was fastend to the boat. to refresh your memory my buddie lost his kicker in 130 feet of water account his kicker motor fell off the back of his boat while he was traveling down the lake. It was rough no doubt, his boat was a 21 foot triton and main and kicker motors we installed by triton. The motor was lag screwed to the transome, not bolted or clamped. seems strange don't it.
07-17-2008, 02:48 PM
SS nut and bolts on my Lund.
07-17-2008, 05:16 PM
It was Triton that lag bolted the kicker on the boat? Wow. How did they mount the main motor? I bet they didn't trust that to lag bolts!
07-18-2008, 03:52 PM
To use lag bolts is nuts. Someone was just plain lazy!
07-18-2008, 05:00 PM
If was installed at factory, I sure would be on my way to Triton factory to "discuss" this in person. Would not sit on phone waiting for someone to call you back. I might understand some inexperienced prep man at the dealer doing this, but the factory?, no, that should be discussed with the head man. Oh, and get some evidence on your side, like look at as many other Tritions with kickers that were rigged at factory to see if they rigged with bolts (should be) and not lag screws as on yours.
I'm not sure if they are still lag bolting them on, but that is how they did it a couple years ago on the 215's. Actually, it was the panther bracket that was lag bolted to the transom. I helped one pro-staffer change his to a through bolt when prefishing on Mille Lac. Another Triton in the group had already through bolted his. I would certainly think Triton would start through bolting them after the pro staff reports - that would have been the 2006 model year.
They are kind of a pain to through bolt. On the inside of the transom, there is a ridge that lines up with one of the bolts. So you have to drill the hole at a little bit of an angle. Then starts the monkey part where you have to stand on your head, and reach way in to start the nut by feel. There is not an access point real close, if you know what I mean. It's not a fun job, but it sure is nice knowing your kicker is bolted on when your done.
07-18-2008, 10:29 PM
I cannot believe a boat manufacturer would not be able to install the motors with thru-bolts, instead of lag screws. If Triton had to switch, are they using wing nuts now?