OK, I know this is going to stir some stuff up, and I've searched in the Boat Forum already, but I'd like to hear what local guys think vs guys running the swamps in Louisiana and TX. I currently hunt the bay, sticking to sloughs and not venturing out into big water with my 14' Klamath and 15 hp motor. Tried it once and decided that I didn't want to do it again. (Although the day we tried wasn't exactly ideal for a setup that small). I'm looking to upgrade. 17'-18' boat, minimum 48" bottom but thinking a 54-60" would be ideal. The mud where I hunt is soft, but not the gooey soft that you see in mud motor ads. More of a firm enough to walk on, if you don't mind sinking in 6-8" with each step. There are places where you could sink in up to your hips, but for the most part the bottom is not hard, nor gravel/rock. My first instinct is mud motor, but looking into it further it seems I'd be going through possibly 2 props per season. Then I started looking at a tunnel hull setup. I liked the idea of being able to run in 6" of water, but still have the outboard for more horsepower for the motor out and back. However, at slow speeds maybe the tunnel isn't of that much benefit. A Jet is out of the question as the mud would definitely clog it up. I know lots of folks run the delta with normal outboards and with mud motors. I know it's a matter of picking your time and places depending on tides and weather. I know the limitations of my current setup, with the same issues. But a bigger rig would open up more opportunity in the area I hunt, as well as other possibilities. So I ask the folks here, which setup and why?