Thereâ€™s no substitute for skimmingÂ across the water in a real duck boat, complete with a bad-ass mud motor jutting off the transom. Tow that sweet rig past any club and watch tongues wagâ€”the retrievers too!
If you have access to a boat and a high-power mud motor, then you know the benefits: getting to remote locations is easy and blind-hopping can be done with a pull of a cord or press of a button. Sea ducks donâ€™t stand a chance against open-water 25-foot rigs, just to name a few reasons to believe.
A good outboard or long-tail motor can quickly get you to any destination where ducks are flyingâ€”unless you hunt a cut cornfield, of course. But if youâ€™re a waterman, here are some of the best motors money can buy.
Powered by a 35-hp Vanguard Marine engine, it carries a three-year warranty. Other features include a tiller-handle-mounted control box, which puts the key switch, trim, kill switch, forward and neutral at your fingertips.
Long-time Mud Buddy motormen might find the H (horizontal) more appealing with its look and balance point. The motors are available in 36-, 44- and 50-hp.
The motors feature arched tiller handles, a twist-grip throttle, centrifugal clutch for better control when at idle and during setup/take down and a twin blade stainless-steel prop. Orion reports speeds of 16.2 mph with the 7-horse motor with one person in a narrow 14-foot boat.
Pro-Driveâ€™s Full Power Reverse feature is available with the 36 as is the Automatic Full Power Reverse, which was heavily requested from hunters with console steering rigs. This feature rotates the prop 180 degrees, making for a high-performance motor.