Also allows mounting of long shaft motors to shorter shaft transom boats
This cast aluminum offset type jack plate is designed for clamp-on mount outboard motors up to 35 HP. Improves performance and handling of smaller or lighter boats. The Mini-Jacker also allows mounting of long shaft motors to shorter shaft transom boats. Mini-Jacker mounts to boat transom with bolts and then engine is simply clamped and/or bolted on. The Mini-Jacker stands off transom 4". The engine mounting surface is 11-1/2"Wx10"H and features a vertical offset of 3". The overall width of transom mounting flange is 17". Mounting hardware not included.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fishhunter9400 Perfect Addition
This Unit was the obvious chioce to add a kicker motor to my boat. The only difficulty was finding the courage to drill mounting holes in the Transom. No moving parts to break. Bolt it on and hang your motor! Installation is that simple I now am able to use my boat on all the small horsepower limit lakes that were off limits with my 50 H.P. Outboard.
April 23, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jacked Best Buy
Concerned by a couple of reviews indicating this may be difficult to install. Good directions, easy install, very heavy duty. Great Buy!. Highly recommend. If you don't need an adjustable Jack, then this is the best value on the internet. Another great product from Bass Pro!
April 20, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by locoengr Better than I thought
This turned out to be the exact item to improve the use of my fishing boat. It set the engine back and improved the draft that I could run in. It also improved my Speed with the engine higher out of the water.
April 14, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by SSMinnow420 Ingenius Idea
Everyone knows that long shaft motors are a dime a dozen and that its the short shafts that are hard to find. This product will bring value back to the long shafts and allow short transom boaters to equip long shaft motors and get the same handling and performance as their short counterparts. I recently purchased the Mini-jacker and installed it on my 16' Grumman and mounted a 98 Mercury 25hp long shaft. It works amazing. Installation is a breeze if you have the right equipment....drill and some sort of fasteners. The design of the jack plate allows universal mounting for height preference. Well worth the money, and a lot easier than making your own or raising your transom.
March 18, 2009
Thinking of picking this up to use as a kicker mount for our 18' Four Winns. Description says it has a 4" clearance which would be great since I'd have to install where the tie down is. I'd keep the tie down in place and just reach under to tie it down at the end of the day. Anyone else use it as a kicker mount?
The important factor is the distance the cavitation plate is below your boat. mine is 1/4 inch. If you rase your motor too high, you will cavitate and over heat/burn up motor. put a straight edge on your cavitation plate of your motor and measure to bottom of your boat.
I have a 16', 52" bottom alumacraft with a new 2009 mercury 25HP fourstroke, longshaft. Will this minijacker lift my motor too high, causing cavitation? I fish shallow marsh and could stand to run a little shallower. I would buy this jack plate if I knew that the L/D was not excessive for my boat. PLease advise.
It raises the height 3". I mounted mine 2" above the top of the transom and added a piece of 2"x2" square tubing onto the transom so I would have something for the top bolts to mount to. I used a total of 8 3/8" bolts and it solid. it works perfect for gaining the 5" although the instructions recommend mounting it no higher than the top of the transom.
It will raise it at least 4". You could go 5 and likely 6t if you mount the top of the mounting plates above the transom top. To do to this, you need to have a flat transom. Some aluminum boats have a lip on top of the transom, that make this difficult, unless you shim the mounting plate, which would work fine, but would take a bit more finesse to install than just bolting it on.
This thing is solid. I mounted a 15 HP long shaft on it that was at least 110 lbs. It is rated for a 35 hp and seems likely to easily take that. I think it is a bit over enginered and would easily take that, as long as you bolted it on adequately with quality hardware.
No, I own one and if you try mounting it lower on the transom then the vertical offset portion of the mount will be too low to allow the outboard motor clamps to clear the space between the transom and the mount. I've seen welding shops cut a small portion out of the transom, re-seal, then mount a short shaft on a long shaft transom. Locally, $150.
Yes, the mount comes with no pre-drilled holes. The indentations you see are starter spots to drill through so that the mount is very adaptable to many boat applications. You can mount with 4,6,8 or whatever amount of bolts you desire by drilling.
Not likely. This will add about 4" in transom height.... 18" is likely a small HP short shaft, which is designed to go on a 15" transom. You could mount it lower on the transom, so the top is 2" below the transom, but it would be hard to get to the mounting screws on the outboard as the transom would be in the way.