Backwater 26.5 EFI review

Discussion in 'Mud Motors' started by Glades Ranger, May 8, 2016.

  1. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    Nice, I noticed last year Backwater added the true flat bottom Alwelds to their offerings. Is that .100 gauge? That would be ideal, not too heavy. You should see 21-22 mph hopefully, and you will probably not need any shimming.
     
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    You are correct.

    Boat runs pretty good. Just needs some fine tuning. I'm often cover a lot of big water, and don't like to motor dropping RPMs when the angle of the boat changes due to waves and stuffs the prop deep.

    Overall, I think the boat/motor will serve its purpose well.
     
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    Last week on the big lake I was crossing a deep open stretch and the water current came from behind and that was a chore. That has always been a weak area for a longtail. My last motor, an MB, ran just under the surface, unlike the BW. I was not sure how the BW was going to do in thick vegetation, the result was really good, went through hyacinth mats real well and when I had to dig, it dug fine. We donĀ“t have much mud here, and the bottom is hard, so the LT is a good fit. The much shorter turning radius now is also an improvement. I need to take stock of any fuses on the motor and to carry spares just in case.
     
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    It doesn't cost much to have a prop balanced.
     
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    So just a quick update after using the motor for a season. Motor was solid. Never missed a beat. Held up well.

    BUT...as I was thinking when I picked this motor up...i'm going back to Backwater this summer for a 35/37. A heavy 1648 is too much for the 26.5.
     
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    I know the big block Briggs will move it a bit better; I do suggest going with the 37 efi. On another forum someone said BW is introducing a lite versions of their 35/37 motors this summer. I don't foresee myself ramping up in size, if anything I may downsize. My 1648 grizzly was 395#, and having added an alum floor is probably closer now to 420. BW is IMO the best choice right now for an LT.
     

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