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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby MeadowMauler83 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:46 pm

Saweeeeeeet!!!!
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby nv brad » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:54 am

Looks like a killing machine you should have a lot of fun with that I'm sure most people are jealous
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby swampmaster55 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:06 pm

great rig! looks awesome! :clapping:
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby WBH » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:04 am

Darn nice rig....now lets see some blood on her.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby DKDKGUS224 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:23 pm

hey man - I see this post is over a year old... I am about to pull the trigger on this very same boat. the boys on MMT really don't have anything good to say about these things but guys around here have had great success with 'em. all the wardens run 'em and keep ordering them. other than being heavy as $hit I don't see anything wrong with them.

can you give us your thoughts after using it now for a year and heading into another season?

thanks man.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby cutt-down » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:30 pm

DKDKGUS224 wrote:hey man - I see this post is over a year old... I am about to pull the trigger on this very same boat. the boys on MMT really don't have anything good to say about these things but guys around here have had great success with 'em. all the wardens run 'em and keep ordering them. other than being heavy as $hit I don't see anything wrong with them.

can you give us your thoughts after using it now for a year and heading into another season?

thanks man.


The guys on MMT don't have anything good to say about any boat not made in Louisiana or SE Texas! As a co-founder of that site I hate what it has become. I don't even go there anymore although there are still a few knowledgeable folks & you can still get good info on there some. The excel is what many call an Arkansas style boat. Nothing wrong with the way they perform. Weldbuilt, Alweld, Sea Ark, War Eagle, etc been making boats for a LONG time & they do fine. They don't perform as well with a mud motor as a boat made for a mud motor. Take a hard look at EDGE boats! They are built by weldbuilt & the original founder of Excel boats. I'm not pimpin edge but they run & a lot of folks are buying them. Just a thought!
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby Trip » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:41 am

Actually, Edge boats are built by Waco...everything else is spot on though.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby cutt-down » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:48 am

Trip wrote:Actually, Edge boats are built by Waco...everything else is spot on though.


I meant Waco..........it was late.........lol.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby traydog14 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:37 am

Great looking rig! Recently purchased a new Excel 1860 swf4v4 with the new Mudbuddy Sport V44. Love my setup!
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby QuackerSmacker498 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:45 am

There's only one thing your missing???? Two playboy models serving up cocktails, retrieving your birds in bikinis, and handing you your next box of shells.... Sweet freaking boat!!!!
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby TexasAggie12 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:17 am

Great boat!!! Recently upgraded to the Excel F4 and love it. Have taken it out for some scouting and early teal hunting and it performed great. Can't wait to take it out for the regular season. Good Hunting!
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby Yuchi1 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:58 pm

IMO, the only issue with Arkansas style boats (Xpress Hyperlift models being the exception) is the relatively straight sides (made for running timber) will be very wet should you have to cross open water in a heavy chop/breeze as you and crew will end up looking like drowned pups. Been there, done that.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby malrdmasher » Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:37 pm

Absolutely love mine. Don't listen to the haters on mmt. Run it in the skinnys and wide open rough water not a drop of splash water in the boat.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby BigWater EH » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:26 pm

Beautiful setup, I was on the fence between the Excel & the Pro-Drive for quite some time. I love my PD, but I'm sure I'll be owning one of these as well at some point....


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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby handyandy » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:27 pm

I've got a older excel made in 2006 with a outboard on it I love it, I've had it in some pretty big rough water before it wasn't bad if you drove it right.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby traydog14 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:05 pm

I too read over on MMT and see a lot of hating on Mudbuddy and Excel. I have nothing negative to say about the La. produced rigs but I absolutley love my setup. Mudbuddy has been awesome to work with for anything I have needed or had questions on. I have been hunting pretty hard since season has started and have run over and slammed into many logs hidden under the waters surface. the handle has been jerked from my hand on several occasions along with the boat high centering at spots and it is still running hard. I would reccomend Excel and Mudbuddy to anybody. Awesome looking setup.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby Rolltide1981 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:58 pm

Im about to pull the trigger when i get home off this deployment in a couple months. Im looking at the 1754 SWV4 with a MB 4400HDR. Is your boat the SWV4 or is it the Viper? Ive been looking around at pictures and some boats just say "excel" in a script style font, then some say "EXCEL F4" like yours. Is this an option of do only the Vipers say F4 on them? just curious.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby Uglymud » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:29 pm

Rolltide1981 wrote:Im about to pull the trigger when i get home off this deployment in a couple months. Im looking at the 1754 SWV4 with a MB 4400HDR. Is your boat the SWV4 or is it the Viper? Ive been looking around at pictures and some boats just say "excel" in a script style font, then some say "EXCEL F4" like yours. Is this an option of do only the Vipers say F4 on them? just curious.

Seriously look at custom builders. You can get a whole lot more boat for your dollar from a lot of them. And get whatever you want.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby blackrock2 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:42 pm

Uglymud wrote:
Rolltide1981 wrote:Im about to pull the trigger when i get home off this deployment in a couple months. Im looking at the 1754 SWV4 with a MB 4400HDR. Is your boat the SWV4 or is it the Viper? Ive been looking around at pictures and some boats just say "excel" in a script style font, then some say "EXCEL F4" like yours. Is this an option of do only the Vipers say F4 on them? just curious.

Seriously look at custom builders. You can get a whole lot more boat for your dollar from a lot of them. And get whatever you want.


X2. They are really heavy, and you pay a lot for the paint, boxes etc. I would go custom, and a more open design. Widowmaker will be next boat.......
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby bamagrad1992 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:01 am

So i just picked up my new rig this week -- Excel F86, 1854 w/MB 37 EFI & Barracuda upgrade; Hammer prop. just one word, WOW!


Fast Duck Motors out of Astor Florida put it together for me.

- Mud Buddy 37 EFI with Barracuda upgrade -- HDR with reverse
- Quick Slick on the underside
- Hydro Turf throughout
- Custom blind that fits the Excel like a glove and quick disconnect mounts
- Hotti cover
- trailer tongue fold away
- JVC stereo
- on board battery charger w/two terminals
- Hammer prop
- Trolling motor w/quick release
- Interior lights

She performs great! took her on the lake today -- right at 30mph with 2 people. and still have not broke the engine in. runs great. Reverse is great. Quick slick slides off the trailer and mud islands. Stereo is awesome. Can hunt 4 but optimum is 3. We did fish with 4 -- 25 at 3/4 throttle. Hole shot was 1/3 the distance of my last rig -- which was a 1854 GT w/35 Balanced Hyper Mukuni carb and Big Blade. It was a direct drive motor; no neutral or reverse. with 4 in my last boat was lucky to hit 18. we ran lake okeechobee with 2+ foot sweets -- very dry boat on the open water. Reverse was awesome -- never knew how much you need it until you start using it. backed right off a floating mud island -- and backed down a trail that dead ended. with old boat would have to fight through with a push pole. in new set up, push pole never left its clasp.

be safe all.

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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby bamagrad1992 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:11 am

RollTide1981 - first Roll Tide! i graduated from Bama in 1992. and like you i am active duty - am USAF stationed in south florida. The Excel boat is an awesome rig. are there others better? others that are different -- just as good but the beauty in execution of what you need them to do are in the eyes of the beholder. I hunt swamps of Lake Okeechobee in south florida. i had a Gator Traxx 1854 since 2001. it did everything. i wanted an more open bow -- and wanted a few more bells and whistles (excel has a winch and a stereo). also wanted to sit down when i drove -- so this boat was perfect of me. higher sides and is more drier. semi "V" so it cuts better too in waves. wanted hydro turf and quick slick to the bottom. wanted same heavy aluminum that i need to run the stumps and trees -- we hit a lot of things. in the end, its true. you get what you pay for. so research and make an informed decision. i love my new boat and would buy it again -- just like is. becuase it does what i need it to do: run shallow, hunt 3-4 out of it, have power to get through cat tails/mud islands, be easy to trailer, have a heavy hull to withstand the pounding of the lake and not sink, be comfortable. Excel makes all this into their boat - so initial cost maybe a little higher.

best of luck - thank you for your service -- and God speed!

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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby handyandy » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:58 am

My only gripe about my old excel the thing is heavy for it's size, I mean unnecessarily heavy. I bought mine cause it was used a good deal for the type of boat I wanted. I still love heck of tough hull. But dang they over build everything the casting deck has more bracing than what is ever needed. I would love to cut a hole in it and add a access lid for putting anchor and life jackets in there but thing has bracing going every which way no where I could put a hole in it worth having. The inside side panels and interior floor are overly thick adding to the weight. Like I said my only wish is that it were lighter. Other manufacturers who make same size boats with longitudinal stringers and same thickness bottoms are a lot lighter. I don't know where all the weight is but dang they could be just as strong and be lighter.
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby Uglymud » Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:22 pm

handyandy wrote:My only gripe about my old excel the thing is heavy for it's size, I mean unnecessarily heavy. I bought mine cause it was used a good deal for the type of boat I wanted. I still love heck of tough hull. But dang they over build everything the casting deck has more bracing than what is ever needed. I would love to cut a hole in it and add a access lid for putting anchor and life jackets in there but thing has bracing going every which way no where I could put a hole in it worth having. The inside side panels and interior floor are overly thick adding to the weight. Like I said my only wish is that it were lighter. Other manufacturers who make same size boats with longitudinal stringers and same thickness bottoms are a lot lighter. I don't know where all the weight is but dang they could be just as strong and be lighter.

You might have water logged foam...
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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby bamagrad1992 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:25 pm

they are just heavy and built like a tank -- 5086 .125 aluminum. my new F86 weighs about the same as my gator traxx -- both 1854s. GT had zero foam in it.

for my hunting location, i need a tank to bust through the stumps, trees, rocks, and other hazards in a south floria swamp. but that tank is a very stable platform for three/four hunters to hunt out of...

best of luck,

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Re: My New Excel Rig

Postby Uglymud » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:24 pm

bamagrad1992 wrote:they are just heavy and built like a tank -- 5086 .125 aluminum. my new F86 weighs about the same as my gator traxx -- both 1854s. GT had zero foam in it.

for my hunting location, i need a tank to bust through the stumps, trees, rocks, and other hazards in a south floria swamp. but that tank is a very stable platform for three/four hunters to hunt out of...

best of luck,

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New they might be close to the same. An older the boat gets the more water that foam sucks up.
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