HaydenHunter wrote:I too am a mud motor dealer and the best advice I can give you (other than test driving these motors) is to buy from a manufacturer with a dealer in your area. None of these motors are foolproof and having a dealer assist / advocate for you after the sale is important should the need arise for service. A good dealer will not let you buy the wrong motor for your boat, an expensive mistake which can hound you.
I couldn't agree more.
There are many things that make particular MM's great, then there are many others that make them not so great.
Do what HH says.......GO FOR TEST DRIVES. Heck, put test motors on your boat. It's more trouble for a dealer to do this, but if you're serious about buying tell em they can help you and possibly sell a motor or they can not help you and you'll go elsewhere (In a nice way of course). Chances are they'll go get the wrenches and start unbolting.
One other thing…… MM's are not for everyone. I've talked to many people this year that see my rig and immediately say "I'd like to have one of those". Then I ask em where they hunt and they tell me they hunt open water (Tennessee River). I simply laugh and tell them to stick with the outboard. If you run stump fields, mud, backwater, or thick vegetation....they might be for you. If not.......Outboard is your ticket.