I have a 16' lowe aluminum boat, and have traditionally ran a 15 HP 4 stroke suzuki short shaft motor behind it. I am looking to sell my current motor, and then purchase a new mud motor asap. I am looking to pay around 3-3.5k on a motor, and want to get the most HP I can while also making sure the weight of the motor isn't too much for the boat. Do you have suggestions on long or hyper drive motors? Benefits you've personally experienced? I want to get at least a 23-30 HP engine if my boat can handle it. I hunt with friends who have both.
I have hunted waterfowl in deep water lakes my whole like, and this mud motor deal hasn't become a necessity until now. Any insight would be appreciate.