Duck Boat mud outboard engines employ a unique design. they can force a hunting boat fully packed through very shallow waters and wetlands that would otherwise ruin a regular outboard boat motor. Duck hunting mud motors can drive through 99% of the toughest area's that any bog can put in your way. Shallow water, intense vegetation and so forth are no match for a duck boat when a mud engine's behind you. I've heard that duck hunters have a new name for the mud engine "the 4wheel 'er of outboards. Of course, this suits their performance. In any event, no traditional outboard engine can compare to the mud motor's durability when dealing with the worst of the hunting wetlands.
Practical knowledge of the Outboard Mud Motor
The mud motor is surprisingly simple. In contrast to traditional outboard motors created by large names such as Honda, Yamaha and so forth. Much of a mud outboard motor's parts are totally exposed letting you observe how basic they truly are. Duck boat mud outboard motors are comprised of an air cooled engine such as the horizontal Briggs & Stratton 36hp V-twin cylinder Vanguard powerplant (Mud Buddy) linked with a belt-driven outdrive unit with a manually operated steel faced clutch for neutral use. Pro-Drive alternatively uses either the vertical shaft 36 horse-power Briggs & Stratton Vangaurd and the vertical 27 horse-power V-twin Kohler Courage powerplant which is linked to the out drive shaft using a clutch system, but instead of a belt, they used a simple pair of right-angle helicoil gears to transfer the engine torque to the propeller.
What sets mud motors apart from other outboards are their ability to run above the water. This allows the mud engine a massive edge over traditional outboard engines where the prop is required to be totally underwater in order to keep from cavitating (sucking air). This limits the low water depth to no less than 3 feet otherwise striking could occur. Mud motors on the other hand are built to perform either fully immersed or approximately one third above the water level allowing them to effectively run in as little as Six inches of water. Mud motors are definitely the next best thing to the air boat.
Most Mud motors have aa long wedge like rib that's welded to the underside of the prop shaft housing. This rib is known as the skag and serves Two purposes. 1. for stiffening up the propeller housing and 2. to allow the out drive to slide up and over objects which may be struck during low level waters. This helps guard the prop from immersed objects and debris that may otherwise damage your prop and other parts resulting in you being stranded.
Maintaining The Mud Motor
Mud Engine upkeep is also a fairly easy process as well. While nearly anyone can carry out the upkeep on the outboard mud engine, it helps to possess some technical talents to quicken the operation.
Listed below are the basic operations to keep up a outboard mud engine:
1. Change the oil and filter at the beginning of every season.
2. lube the propeller shaft ahead of every alternate hunt – a small grease gun kept in the hunting boat is advisable.
3. Look at the air filter for blockage and change out if needed.
4. Always use fresh gasoline! I usually dump the remainder of the gasoline in to my pickup at the end of every hunt. Additionally, its a good idea to run the remaining gas from the carburetor (s) float bowl (s) to ensure that gas tarnish doesn't set in. This issue has left quite a few hunters stranded in some fairly dreadful places. Don't allow this happen to you.
5. Mud Buddy engine: Look at the positive pressure hose on the fan enclosure to the belt housing. Make certain its not plugged and is not leaking air flow. The positive air pressure hose helps to keep water from flooding the belt enclosure causing premature clutch, belt, pulley and bearing failure.
The typical mechanically savvy guy can maintain a mud motor's routine service inside of Three hours or less for each season. Just another legitimate reason to choose a outboard mud engine over the typical outboard motor for your duck boat.
Almost all mud motor makers strongly recommend changing the oil once a hunting season or a hundred hours of service which ever comes first. Yet, its best if you replace the oil more frequently than advised especially if you operate your mud motor hard. Use 20/40 in warmer climates and 10/30 or maybe 5W-30 oil if running the engine where extreme frigid weather conditions are typical.
Its awesome what tiny bit of attention a outboard mud motor needs in return for the function it gives you. Nonetheless this doesn't suggest that they're unbreakable. Just as anything else, if you abuse your mud motor, it will undoubtedly sooner or later, leave you stuck in bfe. With that being said, if you are looking into a new mud motor for your duck hunting boat, mud outboard motors provide the maximum value for your investment.