Best VALUE mud motor?

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  1. Hawkeyebowhunter

    Hawkeyebowhunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Looking at getting either a 16 or 18 foot flat floored Jon boat to hunt here in Iowa.

    Some of the sloughs are chock full of underwater weeds and mud, thinking a longtail or surface drive would be super helpful to have.

    Likely just be me and a couple buddies plus my dog. Haven't owned a boat before so not looking to spend 20k+ on the setup, but I'm more than tired of humping all the decoys + dog and everything else I need back onto public land.

    Plus I wouldn't mind being able to fish more as well.

    What's the best value out there for a mud motor? Doesn't have to be the cheapest, definitely not the most expensive. I just want something that is going to be reliable. Doesn't need to be a speed demon either.
     
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  2. Hawkeyebowhunter

    Hawkeyebowhunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Also, wondering if there's a company that sells the boat + mud motor together? Still in the very beginning stages of research here
     
  3. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm partial to Go-Devil boats and motors, and you can definitely buy as a combo. Just understand this is a horrible period in which to buy a boat and/or motor. Just as with houses, pickups, ATVs, guns and ammo, supply is low and prices are high.

    If you are talking about relative short runs and serious mud, a longtail is the way to go. If you're making long runs and just occasionally going through mud, a short shaft is generally a better choice.
     
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    PaulinKansas Elite Refuge Member

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    I bought a 16 foot semi-v jon for $350 I found on Craigslist. It had all the seating removed. Put in a marine grade flat plywood floor for about $100. If you know how to do metal work/weld, you can buy a longtail shaft and fabricate the frame for a motor. You can buy engines like Briggs and Honda.
     
  7. Hawkeyebowhunter

    Hawkeyebowhunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I'm looking more for a complete setup-no space/ability to weld unfortunately
     
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    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    From my research as I’m looking for one also, those Backwaters are gonna be about the least expensive.
     
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  9. Hawkeyebowhunter

    Hawkeyebowhunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Looking through their website, only looks like the "marsh" boats have a flat floor, unless im missing something
     
  10. H20DAD

    H20DAD Elite Refuge Member

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    Your quest is answered in my post in the classified adds. When I purchased it my requirements were yours now.
     

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