I had a mud motor on my Lowe boat. I was continually frustrated as Lowe is not a good hull setup for mud motors. I added pods to the back because the motor was too heavy. The added weight of two batteries, men, decoys, dog, blind, and gear made the loading of the boat to run effectively, a major challenge in the dark. Add the no reverse and the 4 feet of swing needed from the tiller handle and it took up too much space. Now the bad part, in my case I have to stand up to steer. I did get into water that no outboard could have even attempted, but that was not often enough to compensate for the negatives. Same motor on a hull designed for mud motors and the whole answer changes. They are powerful, and the torque is very impressive.