"Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

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"Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby SnowDog » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:19 pm

This has been discussed before about brands, but I'd like to get opinions simply on type. I need to start planning for next year when I will need a larger boat, 14' Jon boat range. I hunt the salt marsh areas such as Skagit, Nisqually, and Willapa.

What would be the best motor option. Small longtail, surface drive, jet, or regular outboard. I have experience with the longtail and really like it, but wondering about the surface drive and jet options...

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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby ScaupHunter » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:20 pm

Get at least a 16 foot boat that is wide. Saltwater and big water are no place to be playing around with lots of gear and weight in big waves or hard tides. Stay away from the jet unless you also plan to fish the boat in shallow rivers. Sea Grass and debris can plug a pump up real quick.
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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby Berex » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:54 am

Jets do get plugged but are pretty easily unplugged I can get a lot of places props can't if you do decide jet I would go with a welded boat because in order for a jet to be effective you have to stay on step which means sometimes you hit stuff but they sure are fun. Also go big on power cause you lose 30% and go two stroke
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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby bknilvr00 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:35 am

I've got a 1652 mod v jon boat with a 30 hp 4 cylinder merc prop. For the shallows its absolutely fantastic. But when the storms roll in or I'm hunting the bay, it can get unpleasent. I love the power of the prop. A jet would be nice for running through the really shallow spots, but if my prop drags, I can wade the water. It's not too much effort to drag my boat. My next boat will be an 18 footer, with higher sides and a jet drive. My biggest concern is weight, weight slows you down, weight makes you draft deeper, and getting a boat unstuck by yourself if a royal pain.

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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby mrwabobcat » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:55 am

I use a mud buddy 35hp pro drive. Works like a 4x4 in the mud and heavy lilly pads .
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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby SnowDog » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:30 pm

mrwabobcat wrote:I use a mud buddy 35hp pro drive. Works like a 4x4 in the mud and heavy lilly pads .


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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby somethinsmellsfishy » Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:21 pm

I have a 1640 lowe with mod V and a 40 horse with a pump on it. Sure the grass can be a problem but clears out quickly and I don't have to worry unless its less than 4 in. while onstep. I have a 4 hrse kicker that I run in the weeds and it really cuts down on me cleaning out the grill. I have the battery and gas tank forward which helps get this out of the hole pretty quick for a small power unit.

This unit will be up for sale before next season as I am going to step up.


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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby mrwabobcat » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:39 pm

I have a 18 ft beavertail with the 35 hp mud buddy
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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby h2ofowlr » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:05 pm

I sold my jet as it always was getting clogged in the bay and it flat sucked the gas. The salt is rough on the impeller and housing. I thought about mounting a surface drive unit next to my big motor to use in the shallows. Might be a good option.
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Re: "Outboard" Motor Choice for Salt Marsh

Postby brokerbyduck » Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:58 pm

I really struggled with whether to get a prop or a jet for my boat. I ended up getting a 90hp prop for it and so far things have worked out well. I've beat up one prop pretty good on a gravel bar but I think it's overall less hassle than the jet. Lots of vegetation in the water here and those jet guys always sound like they are burning a ton of fuel.

There are times I wish I had gone for the jet, but it's not very often.
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