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Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:56 pm

I'm fairly new to duck hunting and hunting out of a boat. I'm all set to get a War Eagle boat tomorrow and I'm still contemplating on getting an outboard vs a mud motor. The catch is I'm not sure where I'll be hunting. I've got a few lakes and rivers in mind but since I don't have a boat I don't have much experience in scouting out areas that I want to go.

In my opinion my dilemma is if I get an outboard and then in the next few months find some great places to go but can't get there then I'm stuck with an outboard. Would getting a mud motor from the get go be better and give me more options to go to different types of waters and areas. The river I plan on going gets fairly shallow in some areas.

I'm not concerned about losing speed on open lake waters I can take my time. I would just hate to get an outboard and then find out I would of been better off with a mud motor.

Thoughts on what I should do tomorrow?
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby QuackerSmacker498 » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:13 pm

Your kind of waiting to the last minute? :huh:

Go to Craig's list in your area and see what's for sale. That might tell you what others are using in your area.

Bottom line is the mud motor will give you more options for places to hunt but maintance and repairs will be more frequent. Outboards are quieter and easier to operate in general.

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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:25 pm

Not really waiting till the last minute I'm more less 2nd guessing myself. I was set on a outboard but making this kind of investment and going in debt for it I just want to make sure I make the right choice
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby greenbean » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:37 pm

I switched over to a mud motor several years ago. I dont think I can go back but I would love to have an outboard rig sometimes when scouting big lakes. You would be surprised how a small outboard can maneuver in shallow and "dirty" water....just requires more attention to the motor. And they are cheaper so since you are going into debt for this...

But, if you are hooked on waterfowling and considering a mud motor already, you will be happier with the mud motor. Congrats to you on your new rig and hope you have great success this coming year.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:48 pm

I'm definitely hooked and have pretty much givin up my white tail hunting. Since I'm going in debt anyways I might as well just get a mud motor and pay an extra $20 a month or so for it.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby CrazyDrake » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:53 pm

If I was gonna go into debt, that's what I'd choose as well. A mud motor can take you anywhere an outboard can, the same cannot be said for an outboard.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:07 pm

CrazyDrake wrote:If I was gonna go into debt, that's what I'd choose as well. A mud motor can take you anywhere an outboard can, the same cannot be said for an outboard.


Sums up my thoughts exactly. I will post a picture of the new rig tomorrow!
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:32 pm

Would certain seating be better for mud motor? Pod vs bench seat or is it personal preference?
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby t_baker » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:54 pm

SouthernVAHunter wrote:Would certain seating be better for mud motor? Pod vs bench seat or is it personal preference?

Pods
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby Delta1389 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:54 am

You should keep the layout of the boat as open as possible. The more open the boat is the better you can shift weight around. I just bring an ice chest or something for my passengers to sit on and have them move around to where I need them. With permanent seats your kinda stuck with them sitting in one place.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:43 am

Going with a Gator Tail GTR 35!
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby Yuchi1 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:41 pm

Does your War Eagle have a slick bottom?
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:43 pm

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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby threedogs » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:17 am

Yuchi1 wrote:Does your War Eagle have a slick bottom?



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Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:49 am

Are you thinking what I am thinking?!?!
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:23 am

I won't be in any thick thick mud. Just some low water swamps, lilly pads, stuff like that that would tear up an outboard. Is it that bad that my boat doesn't have a flat bottom?
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:26 am

Image

Here is my set up
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby mudpack » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:44 am

SouthernVAHunter wrote:Not really waiting till the last minute I'm more less 2nd guessing myself. I was set on a outboard but making this kind of investment and going in debt for it I just want to make sure I make the right choice

No duck hunting equipment is worth going into debt for.
If you can't afford it, then wait and save up until you can. Maybe by then you'll know which motor will suit you best.

Look at it this way: you don't know what you need, and you don't have the money to buy it. It would be foolish to go ahead with this project at this point. Hunt places that don't require a boat until you have a good idea what will work best and until the money is available. take it from an old hunter; you'll be much happier that way.

To late: I see you've already gone ahead and financed the rig. So, what's that $8000 rig going to cost you when the last payment is made....about $14,000? :no: Why did you NOT get a flat-bottom boat??? Good luck with it, and I mean that sincerely.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:18 am

I'll be using it to fish out of as well.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby gearhead80 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:45 pm

Sounds like another candidate to run a tunnel hull with an outboard..
If I ask a question, I don't want your opinion. I want facts.
Don't tell me something you think, tell me something you know.
It's easier to say I don't know, than make something up.
Although, being a forum the next guy will know more no matter what.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby greenbean » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:46 pm

Nice looking rig. I live 5 minutes from Muddy Bay boat dealership by the way.

I started out in a war eagle with long tail before the surface drives. It did not roll off stumps all the time but neither does my slick bottom but it is a little better. You will get the feel for the correct speed to keep it moving over stumps without tearing anything up or jerking your hand off before you know it.

I guess I'll see you out there. Congrats again.
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Re: Mud motor vs outboard?

Postby Yuchi1 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:04 pm

SouthernVAHunter wrote:I won't be in any thick thick mud. Just some low water swamps, lilly pads, stuff like that that would tear up an outboard. Is it that bad that my boat doesn't have a flat bottom?


Just that with the extruded keelsons, when/if you stick it in mud, it will be stuck. Xpress makes a stump release hull (had one) that will literally walk itself off a stump/snag.

BTW, hit a stump hard enough with a SDMM and it will do damage.

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