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Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby Sba » Sep Thu 25, 2014 9:45 am

I just bought a 228 Seafarer with a full swim platform, I am considering putting a 9-9 kicker on the boat, has any one with a 228 done this ? If so please shoot me an e-mail, I have a few questions about mounting the kicker, weight , where to get a transom mount, etc. Sbandrasik@aol.com
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby nascarjonb » Oct Mon 06, 2014 11:09 pm

Great to see someone on this great lake forum. I have a older spirit 175 with a 115 Yamaha. I fish lake Erie out of Sandusky area and also the Cleveland area at times. I am too also trying to mount a swim platform on my boat but I dont have alot of room and i also to want to hook a 9 horse to the back for trolling but dont have any idea how to mount it all with such a small space to work with.
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby Sba » Oct Tue 07, 2014 11:30 pm

Nascarjon, they informed me that I cannot mount a kicker to the swimplatforms, not strong enough , said I need a special bracket, the swimplatforms will separate.Sure wish someone who has done this would respond
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby Fishhog » Oct Tue 14, 2014 7:07 pm

Get ahold of South Shore Marine in Huron, Ohio. They are an awesome marina and know there stuff. I bought a couple of Contenders from them and they did some really cool stuff on mine. They will know you need. I hope to be purchasing a GW there this spring. Good luck. Where is your home port? Mine is Huron.
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby Sba » Oct Sun 19, 2014 10:44 pm

Fish Hog , my home port is Turtle Creek close to Port Clinton, I have been to Huron , Grady White dealer many times , talked to the owner last month about adding a Yaham 9.9 kicker to my 228 Seafarer, he told me in his opinion , that is the worst thing a Grady White owner can do, said it compromises the handdling characteristics of the Grady, pulls the scuppers down below the water line , and a few other things, he strongly discouraged putting one on, They are good people at South Shore ,and know a great deal more about boats than I ,especially Grady's , however I question there advice. I contacted Grady White manufacture, and they said they actually made a kicker plate for Grady's at one time , however , lack of demand , quit making that option for the 228, Still in a holding pattern, until I can talk to someone who has a full swimplatform and has mounted a kicker to a 228Seafarer, want the pro and cons also the type of mounting bracket used , Thanks for trying to help ,Steve
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby captainmichael » Nov Fri 21, 2014 5:26 pm

I have a 208 Adventure with a Panther kicker bracket which I installed myself. The kicker is a 9.9 Yamaha electric start and power tilt. The Panther bracket is a hydraulic lift. I have the ability to not only raise the motor with the bracket but also I can also power tilt the motor as well. This gives mean a large range of trimming options.

I have had no issues with this set up at all. It not only gives me kicker get home insurance but great trolling capabilities. There has been no impact on the performance of the boat due to the extra weight in the stern. Non whatsoever. The only issue is some water leaking back into the boat through the scupper if a couple of adults are standing in the stern. I feel that is a very small price to pay for all the advantage.

If you need more info or have more questions on it just drop me a line.

Mike
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby captainmichael » Nov Fri 21, 2014 5:29 pm

Dear Captains
I noticed some of you are from around Lake Erie. In case you are not aware, there is a Lake Erie Grady White Club that is sponsored by South Shore Marine. We have existed since 2003 and have been with South Shore for about 4 years. I posted a introductory in the club section of this forum. If any of you would want to be added to our e-mail list of news and events, just send me your e-mail and I will be more that happy to add you to the list.

Mike
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby dwain » Dec Wed 31, 2014 6:01 pm

Steve: I had in my files somewhere regarding a bracket for a kicker on the Seafarer. A gentlemen from the west coast sent me photos of his. It was the best set up I have ever seen. If you want photos let me know and will send. Dwain
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Pics of mounted motor

Postby Sba » Jan Mon 12, 2015 12:54 am

Dwain, would really appreciate any pics you have , already have some from Lake Erie post but these can always help me and other people, thank you and have a safe and great new year , Sba
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Re: Any Grady owners fishing the Great Lakes

Postby Michigan Brian » Sep Thu 10, 2015 3:25 pm

I realize this is an old thread. I have not been on this site in a few years and just read through this

I have a 1994 Adventure 208 and have fished Erie for many years but have since moved my boat to my pole barn in the Traverse City area.

I know the folks at (Steve) at South Shore Marine and they are fine people

I will echo what Capt Michael as I have the exact same kicker setup on my Grady and its been great. I have had a little trouble with the actuator and motor on the Panther Lift. I did have to buy a new actuator/motor assembly a few years ago as there was a plug on the underside of the unit that had fallen out and water got in. They have redesigned this so that plug no longer is there. My Panther is not a hydraulic lift, its has an electric motor that drives a worm gear actuator.

I also have a Panther Steer on it with 2 controls, one at the transom and one at the helm that provides great control
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