California Dreaming. I had a 9HP GD-Long tail. Then a 18HP MBhyer drive. It was no contest. The long tail is better in only about 2% of the most situations. I hunt hard clay bottoms, Milfoil choked flats, Big water and stumpy swamps/ creeks. A short tail is way better and easier to drive. Speed is not even close. A 9 HP longtail will throw you out of the boat if you can not drive it well. The Hyper drive my 10 year old daughter can drive with one hand. I have moved up to a 36HP Pro-Drive now. It is very nice too. I considered a 23 HP Mini hyper drive- long and hard.