We are upgrading this year to a mud motor . Any opinions which drive is the best - short or long - for the inner marsh area? We are thinking about a 12 kohler long drive mud motor that will go on a 14'
I own a long tail. It is better suited to mud and slop where the short tail works great in open water, weed choked waters and moderate amounts of shallow water with a soft bottom. If you get stuck it is easier to grind out using the leverage of a long tail. Short tails are faster on open water. Neither works well in very shallow, sandy areas like in front of blind #40. Get out and walk.
We were down south last year in the Lousiana swamps and travelled with a guide that was using a long tail. The water left the swamp (tidal) and we were left literally in black muck..no water whatsoever. We travelled about 300 yards through this junk....amazing.
The guide commented that they don't work as good in sand as they do in muc...but what an experience.
I've been close to getting stuck in the crown marsh but nothing even close to what we saw down south.
I'm still partial to my outboard as I can use it year round.
Everything I've read points towards "buy" as much horsepower as possible.Also what type of boat you put it on makes a huge difference. I recently picked up a 16 HP Vangaurd [V-Twin] to be put on a 14 foot Starcraft aluminum. The boat has more of a flat bottom in the aft section so it should work great for one man hunts and OKay for two. It's the old "power to weight" formula.
I plan on reinforcing the transom due to the way that the torque is applied to it.
Thanks for the info fellas - want to buy the right outfit for our rig -(older 14' crestliner)- it seems the long shaft is all we will need for the type hunting we do though putting such a motor on a 14' does reduce our space. The more I read the short shaft is getting more appealing due to turning and space issues with the long shaft. I have corresponded with Clint from mud buddy and he has suggested the 12Kohler gear reduction long shaft mud buddy. Again thanks guys and any other suggestions are more than welcome.
I love my old Ron Banks' Chesapeake and not really looking to change anything from the 30HP outboard I have on it now but I just am curious if anyone has seen or tried a Mud Motor on one of these great boats?
This time of year not much to do but dream about new stuff!
I love that boat of yours. I haven't seen one used with anything but an outboard but I have seen a similar style boat from another manufacturer used with a surface drive (short tail) motor. It worked very well. My biggest concern would be how the force is applied to the transom. It might be best to have a chat with the Banks folks before considering it further.