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I am looking for a 4-stroke kicker motor for my boat, a '99 Alumacraft T-Pro. I have heard that I need a long shaft motor, but I want to use this same motor for my duck boat, and a long shaft is a bit extreme in shallow water. Does anybody have any opinions on this? Does a normal-short shaft motor work on a boat like mine in rough water or not? Any help is much appreciated.

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I am by no meas an expert on this subject and I don't even own a boat. But from my experience, fishing with my father and grandfather, I would have to say that you could get by with a regular shaft 4-stroke for both boats. But, you may have to buy a new mounting bracket for the kicker on your fishing boat. This mounting bracket allows your motor to sit farther away from the boat and also lower in the water. This may be a suitable solution to your problem. If you typically steer your boat from a center mounted steering column, you can also buy an attachment that connects your main motor to your kicker so that you can steer the kicker with the same steering column.

Hope this helps, and maybe somebody with some more boat knowledge can back me on these points.

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