New layout, need motor

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  1. Scott Jinks

    Scott Jinks Refuge Member

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    Bought a small layout which is only rated for 2 hp. Tracts great, and paddles easy, just slow. Thinking I could use a motor to speed things up. Old trolling motor is fried, so other than a heavy battery I am starting over. Don't want a lot of weight hanging on they back, as it could make dog area under water, so true mud motor is not an option. So here are what I see as options
    1. Buy new trolling motor and go a little faster, but deal with a big battery in cockpit with me (there any super light batteries that would give any range?)
    2. Build weed eater long tail. Like this idea, but every thing I find on interwebz is from 2005-2012 or so. Do this really work, last or was that a fad and nobody tries anymore.
    3. Buy a 2 is hp outboards from Yamaha, Honda etc. Don't like cost
    4. Buy a air cooled outboard http://www.ioutboardmotors.com/2015-25-hp-2-stroke.html. little skeptical of how this would hold up.
    5. Keep paddling?????????

    Do have a couple spots that I don't think I would want to paddle into, as well as a motor would make things easier. Any options I am missing. Thoughts?
     
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    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    You can get the mud motor kits for 2-5 hp, so that may be your best bet.
     
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    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    Buy a used Yammie, Honda, Mariner. Baby it on fuel, non eth only and run it dry every time.
     
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    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    Small thai kit- multiple manufactures to choose from... but i think sps swamp runner makes a "mini" kit specifically for the VERY small engines. https://mudmotorkit.com/mud-motor-kits-98.html

    350 for the kit and probably 100 for a predator engine and your all set.
     
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    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    It's so easy apparently a small child can assemble it.
     
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    darkvibe Senior Refuge Member

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    Yup. Plus shipping. Wish I held off and bought a 6hp kit of some sort but it beats paddling.

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    PPF Wood duck. It’s as light or lighter than small outboards and 6.5 HP What layout is it?
     
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    How loud are these predator engines? Louder than a 2 stroke in a similar HP or about the same?
     
  9. Scott Jinks

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    Layout is locally made carbon fiber boat. Mack's sells them as duck busters I think. Got a transom made up, took set up seat out, built blind, and have it as a true layout. Only concerns I have about a true mud motor is weight on back end, sinking dog area. Of course I could add a raised platform for mutt, but it would add more weight. Got the boat because of easy of the light weight. Also, what about mr. Green jeans and a 6.5 hp motor on boat rated for 2 hp? Would 6.5 be any good on 1436 jon?
     
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    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    It would be slow, but it'll get you there.
     

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