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Discussion in 'Mud Motors' started by fowler86, Aug 2, 2020.
Which one and Which boat ? I think surface drive is the way to go ?
What are the conditions you would be running in?
Any and all.
GIRTFT, test drive whatever you decide on before you buy. Determining which combos are successfully used in your area should be instructive.
Which surface drive motor and why ?
Prodigy with mud buddy
Surface drive, and about any flat bottomed boat. Just know all of these motors need to be maintained on a regular basis to perform without leaving you stranded. If you can keep your lawn mower running, you should be able to maintain a surface drive. If not, expect, to be really friendly with your local dealer. They are not as reliable as a regular out board, because of the conditions they are used in. I look mine over every time I take it out.
In sand, your props will be short-lived.
In clay bottoms, you will be hard pressed to get purchase in shallow water.
These type propulsion systems originated in SE Asia where the bottoms are soft and mud is often the consistency of thin oatmeal. South Louisiana has similar conditions which is likely what prompted Warren Coco to bring the idea over to the USA and get the Go-Devil patent. Here in NE Oklahoma we have either sand or clay as mentioned above.
Also, true mud motor hulls are smooth bottoms (no keelsons) and best coated with Gatorhide, et al. They are not Arkansas style timber hulls with numerous extruded keelsons and flat finish paint on the bottoms.
Mud Motors are not the panacea some think they are for all conditions.
In my opinion...
#1 Surface Drive
#2 (very close) Long Tail
Even if you don't have a "mud" hull, a mud motor of some kind is way better than an outboard if you traverse any shallow water or thick vegetation. And will perform well in most other scenario's.
If I was only hunting big water, then an outboard would be the choice. I doubt i'll ever buy another outboard for duck hunting. There's simply better tools available.