h.kizzle wrote:I went back and read it again, it still wasn't good. I'm not saying that as a sponsor you shouldn't benefit via some advertising, but to put a label of "wonderful" on that short write-up is mislabelling at its finest. If it were a true review of motors, meant to inform the uninformed, it should have started with an explanation of the two main styles of motors that are used, longtail and surface drive and perhaps a bit of a timeline of the evolution of mud motors in the US. Then he should have covered the advantages and disadvantages of each style of motor. Include a portion explaining the pairing of motors and hulls, you know, how many HP to throw on what sized hull. Follow that up with a brief breakdown of the differences in features offered by the top manufacturers, not just Pro-Drive and Gator Tail. If it's a review, it should also avoid showing bias towards any one brand. If he included those things or at least most of them in his piece, it would probably fit the bill as wonderful. As it is, it reads like something off the opinion page in the local newspaper. I mean no offense to the OP, and its too bad you guys defending him couldn't give him the constructive criticism to help him write a better piece. That would probably benefit him and his website greatly. What I read when I clicked on the link didn't make me want to explore what he has to offer on his page. Hell, I may consider becoming a sponsor in the near future as well. If I choose to do so, I will follow my own advice as well. I wish nothing but the best of luck to marshmutt.com. Might wanna consider some assistance with writing articles is all.
It was a short write up i did 350 words nothing more and nothing less. I didnt wanna go on 10 pages about every match up and brand. I have been a commercial fisherman since i was a kid and i've been around ALMOST every brand of mm and custom built and mass production boat around here in Louisiana. I also build custom aluminum boats specifically for mud motors. So here we go...
production longtails- normally standard 72" or 60" shaft. stationary handle. Has alot of reach if high centered or in stumps/logs needing a hole to get momentum. normally used and best suited in swamps
mud buddy- belt drive, electric trim, has fwd and neutral and also a momentary forward. floating handle. Does not have reverse, they are working on this as we speak. They work great in a vast amount of areas.
prodrive- gear driven,manual or hydro reverse, full power reverse, electric trim, has fwd, neutral, and reverse, stationary handle. They do great in the thick veggies and also mud
gatortail- belt drive, electric trim, instant reverse, fwd, neutral, reverse, floating handle. Does great in mud, veggies, and stumps
godevil surface drive- belt drive,manual trim, floating handle. Does great in all areas and is very simple so usually means less to break
now for boats..
Production boats tend to be thinner .100 or .90 gauge and some people can get away with using those. Around here in south Louisiana not so much. the boats we build typically are .125 or some will go with a thicker bottom and use .125 for everything else. Boats specifically built for mudmotors are built with longitudinal bracings(bow to stern) as where MAJORITY of production boats are built with cross bracing. Reason for this is going over stumps and logs it flows and does not catch. With a cross bracings boat the stump and or log will catch at the brace and create a hook which then hurts performance. A flat bottom boat will also out perform a ribbed boat due to water disturbance, these motors run at the surface and like flat undisturbed water. As far as boat size the sky is the limit, it all varys on what you'll be doing with the boat and types of loads you'll carry. Some will run faster solo but then be a turd when you load it down. While others may be a few mph slower and carry a load much better. Longtails tend to like long and narrow, surface drives tend to like long and a little wider. For example a 23 hp longtail would suit well with a 17x38. 35 hp surface drive would suit well with a 17x54 or a 18x48. Not saying this is what you're limited to, just what alot of people run for an all around boat. The match ups are unlimited you just may not get the performance others do with better matchups. The best thing i can tell you if you're looking is to test drive! Talk to the motor manufacturer and tell him what you will be doing. They know what runs best for their motors.
any other questions???
Im partial to gatortail because thats what I run and like the best, ive ran and owned most of the others and this is where im at.
It was a short blog just trying to hit the basics not to fully walk through every bit and piece about mudmotors and boats...i could go on for days