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6.5 Beavertail mudmotor

Postby pointimgdogs » Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:13 am

Anyone use a 6.5 horsepower beavertail mud motor on a square stern canoe or something similar like a Grumman spot boat . What kind of performance could I expect?
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Postby gmcbiker » Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:07 pm

I've got a 6.5 Beavertail that I use on my Osage Vantage PT. I have used it on my Osage 17' square back canoe. It works awesome. I can manuver down some of the more shallow streams here and not have to worry about damaging my prop. Let's me float fish down the river and then power back up to load! :getdown:
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Rain

Postby pointimgdogs » Tue Nov 08, 2005 12:20 pm

Thanks for the info Gmcbiker. Ever have trouble running it in the rain?
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Postby gmcbiker » Tue Nov 08, 2005 12:58 pm

Nope, the only trouble is sometimes she is a little cold natured. Make sure you warm her up before starting out. Treat it as you would a cold natured car! :toofunny:
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top speed

Postby pointimgdogs » Tue Nov 08, 2005 7:52 pm

Is top speed around 10 mph when using it on that 17’ Osage canoe?
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Postby gmcbiker » Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:47 am

Depends on whether the prop is in mud, rock or open water. Slows a little when encountering rocks and thick mud. Top speed is about 10 mph when running in open water. Lately we have had low water levels so speed has slowed a bit. Prop has held up rather well in the rocks though. They guaranteed the prop which really suprised me. Those guys at Beavertail are really nice and apparently stand behind their products. :smile:
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AR rivers for comparison

Postby pointimgdogs » Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:02 pm

What would you think about using a rig like yours on the White river or the Norfork? That water gets mighty swift when they open those dams.
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Postby gmcbiker » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:53 am

No problem what so ever. That little motor can get up and go! The White and Norfolk are both deep enough so that you are going to have the prop in the water most of the time and not in mud/rocks. :eek:
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Postby pointimgdogs » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:55 pm

Does your Osage 17 have a keel? If so how does it affect glide in mud and weeds?
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Postby gmcbiker » Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:58 am

My 17' Osage square stern has 3 keels and my Osage Vantage PT has 2 keels. No problem with gliding through the mud and weeds. They are great when encountering ice. It just breaks through the ice or puts it right up on top to break it. I have heard of some people having trouble with their keels in weeds and mud, but mine are tapered into the boat and don't pose a problem. :thumbsup:
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Postby Woodman » Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:13 pm

I was looking at one of those 6.5 beavertails to put on a 14ft fiberglass flat bottom jon boat. These reason I wanted to go with the 6.5 is because I wanted to put it on a flat bottom square sterm canoe one day. Would that motor push the 14ft OK?
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Postby duckboy_390 » Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:26 pm

My buddy has the 6.5, it is a good little motor. It is a good choice for exploring smaller streams, smaller sloughs, and when there isn't a landing.

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Postby jonpetersen » Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:12 pm

I have a 13 hp beavertail on my 14 ft Lowe jon boat and its not enough, assuming you have 2 guys and gear it barely planes out. My buddy has a 6.5 on his carstens and it works great for that applicaton.

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Postby greenheadfallon » Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:25 pm

How much does your jon boat weigh?
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Postby jonpetersen » Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:09 am

I don't know exactly, I would guess a couple of hundred pounds with the floor and blind on, maybe a little more. I think the speed and planing has to do with the width of the boat ( 48 inches) and the relatively flat bottom and not a lot of rocker. Balancing the weight from front to back is an issue with a couple of guys and gear.

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