Long shaft mud drive motor?

Discussion in 'Boating' started by BenNewt, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. BenNewt

    BenNewt New Member

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    I saw a guy tearing through some really shallow snaggy water on my favorite river with a modified v and a long shaft mud drive type motor. It looked like an interesting alternative to an outboard jet drive motor. Anyone have any experience with one of these motors? Pros/Cons? Thanks,

    Ben
     
  2. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    Cons:
    They sound like a souped up lawn mower (not quiet) when traveling, and if i'm not mistaken, no reverse on the long tail models. They will be slower than a comparable horsepower outboard. If you get stuck, you're usually far enough in that you are screwed :smile2:


    Pros:
    They're great for mud and shallows. They are air cooled, so no water pump to worry about. A lot of them have briggs & stratton or kohler engines, so parts are easier to get, and labor could possibly be cheaper because any good lawn mower mechanic can work on them.