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Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby mac87toy » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:26 pm

I am looking at buying a new boat and outfitting it with a surface drive motor. The places I run have a LOT of gravel bars and rocks. Very very little mud but lots of up to baseball size gravel and huge bolders and lots of floating grass mats. I have been running a rivetted vhual with prop for years on it but have to be very careful as you can imagine and there are holes that i just cant get to. How do mud motors/surface drives do in gravel adn rocks and what kind of boat should i be looking for. I have looked and the Weldbilts because i can get it custom made the exact way I want it set up and can still afford it, but should i save my money can get a excel? Any help you all can give me would be much appreciated.
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Re: Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby T Man » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:49 pm

Gravel and rocks get a jet outboard.
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Re: Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby mac87toy » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:40 pm

The problem i see with a jet is the huge amount of flooting grass and weeds and I dont really need to be up on step going down a river in the dark.
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Re: Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby threedogs » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:58 am

It'll tear the heck out of the prop on a mm as well as the ob. Might as well stick to the ob and have the speed, get a jack plate and go as high as you can. Another option , and I have done this is to go with a tunnel boat such as Sea Ark and use an ob . The prop can be run in the tunnel and works very well all things considered.
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Re: Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby T Man » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:19 am

threedogs wrote:It'll tear the heck out of the prop on a mm as well as the ob. Might as well stick to the ob and have the speed, get a jack plate and go as high as you can. Another option , and I have done this is to go with a tunnel boat such as Sea Ark and use an ob . The prop can be run in the tunnel and works very well all things considered.



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Without specifically running the river you are on, no one can say for sure, but it almost seems that a tunnel hull with a jackplate, and a river runner on your outboard skeg would be the most beneficial. If you got a jackplate with enough backspace you could run the motor quite high up leaving only the skeg below the bottom of the boat. It sounds like a surface drive will have the same limitations as an outboard.
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Re: Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby mac87toy » Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:46 am

so does anybody have any opinios on weldbilt boats or excel boats?
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Re: Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby duckahlr » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:22 am

I have run a Weldbilt since 2011. I have had no issues, although some have in older models. I think there are tougher boats out there but I bought for the same reasons as mentioned above. You have a custom build at an affordable price. I run both an outboard and MM on mine. I do agree that it seems like a tunnel would work best for your application, but thats for you to decide. I'd rather have the MM to that you have no worries on getting hung up in vegitation.
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Re: Surface drive/weldbilt,excel question???

Postby SATX duckman » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:08 pm

I have a 2011 16 x 48 weldbilt with a pocket hull and a 30hp 4 storke mercury on it. Runs good. Boat seems to be pretty good. Problem I have is that I like you run in the water lillies and weeds. Sucks haveing to stop and clear the prop and inlets for the impeller. I did have the motor raised but it was causing me to take alot over water over the back of the transom when i was on plane. Maybe just putting a board back there or something to prevent it. Over all i'm happy with it. We have hunted 4 guys out of it with a dog.
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