Reguards to the kicker alternative power source-Sea tow charges $95.00 a year for free towing as many times as needed, plus free soft ungrounding, jump starts, etc. By the time you buy a kicker, bracket, winterize it, etc. I believe you would find a tow service much cheaper. Small outboards are not cheap-new and hard to find used. Think about it. If you spend $1000.00 on a kicker, thats 10yrs. of Sea Tow membership. Not pushing it but I have a kicker on my small boat and Sea Tow service for my 23'