I am getting close to ordering a new boat/motor and need some help. I have done a ton of research and narrowed my choice of hulls down to three. A G3 1652DK, a Beavertail 1654, or a Gatortrax 16HDS in 50" of 54" wide. I like the lower front deck on the G3 and Beavertail for the added storage for dekes and such. I will be using this boat for fishing about 50-70 days a year on rivers and lakes as well as hunting, and I am having trouble deciding what to do about the motor.
When I am fishing I will be running the motor for trolling about half of the time. I know that a 40hp jet will handle the trolling fine and run pretty well on the river, but I am not really thrilled about cleaning crap out if it all the time when I'm running in the weedy shallowsfor hunting. I know that a mm will run me up and down the river, the muck and weeds won't be a problem, but will it handle running the slow trolling speeds OK?
If I get a mm it will be a 35hp Mudbuddy Hyper Sport or a Gatortail for sure. I like the MB because of the way their trim is set up on the end of the tiller handle. There is not a dealer for either in Montana, but I know that there is a MB dealer in Idaho and they will, and do, get over to my area on occasion. Customer service is a big issue for me becuse I am going to be shelling out alot of coin for this puppy.
If anyone can help me out about how the short tails handle the slow speeds it would be greatly appreciated. I am a firm believer in first hand experience, but as I said before there are no dealers in my area and that means that these motors are few and far between around here. I know that there are alot of people on this forum that are running these motors and I thank you all in advance for your input.