I'm hoping to get out more this summer and I want to head out a bit further, but do it more safely and try to keep some hours off the main engine. I've been looking at a yahama 9.9 high thrust to get the boat to trolling speed, but of course there is no performance data available that I can find other than 'hull speed'. Does anyone have any idea if my 'hull speed' would at least be near the low end of trolling for mahi and tuna?
I was also wondering if anyone has installed their own kicker and can offer advice on what to do or avoid. My plans to date are to get the engine, decide on a mounting plate or bracket to get it past the trim tabs, get the needed power and fuel lines and although it's expensive (more than my autopilot for the main engine) get a Garmin T1 autopilot to control speed and steering. I'm still not sure what else I'd need and any help here would be appreciated. I'm guessing I have to have at least an ignition switch to start it, as the Garmin doesn't do that, or shift gears, so something for the gear shift too?