5 Best Duck Boat Motors for 2017

5 Best Duck Boat Motors for 2017

With all of the reliable motors out there to power your duck boat, there's no excuse to be the guy who's always tied up to the dock, yanking on the outboard's pull cord while everyone is settling into their blind. But how do you choose the best duck boat motor for your boat?

If you've put off buying a new motor for your duck boat, don't fret. There's a new crop of monster motors out there that will get you to the birds reliably, safely and quickly.

Depending on where you hunt, you can choose from big, beefy outboards that can push a barge up the Mississippi, or light, compact, mud motors that sail across gumbo. Here are five of the Best Duck Boat Motors we've seen for 2017.

2.-Gator-Tail-GTRXD


GATOR TAIL GTRXD


A beast packed with features, the 993cc Big Block 37-hp Vanguard comes with a tach/hour meter, stainless muffler and a 20-50 amp charging system. It has a heavy-duty waterproof trim switch, electric clutch, planetary reverse transmission, fully-adjustable transom clamp, free-floating handle with tension adjustment and weedless prop. It also comes with a lifetime belt warranty and a three-position throttle control.

$8,395 | GATOR-TAIL.COM

3.-Go-Devil-WIFP-170700-BOT-016

GO-DEVIL 35HP SURFACE DRIVE


All Go-Devil motors are built to bomb-proof specifications, including the toughest frame in the industry. The 35-hp SD includes a three-blade stainless steel prop, electric start and three-year warranty on the Vanguard motor. Expect a top speed of about 28 mph on a 1656 boat. Options include a rock guard, hot-dipped galvanized frame, tach and hour meter, grab bar kit and a water trap.

$5,895 | GODEVIL.COM

4.-Boss-Drives-hoss-2


BOSS DRIVES HOSS

Big boats demand a HOSS of a motor. Boss Drives' High Output Series Surface is powered by a 75-hp GM 1.0L Ecotec liquid-cooled engine and uses a Mercury Bravo Drive transmission for reliability. It comes with full-power instant reverse, an integrated hydraulic steering cylinder and connectivity to a number of marine electronics systems. The HOSS is even Bluetooth compatible and comes with a stainless prop and exhaust.

$12,995 | BOSSDRIVES.COM

5.-Mud-Buddy-WIFP-170700-.-BOT-021

MUD BUDDY 44EFI

Can a motor be smarter than its operator? Mud Buddy's new 44EFI sure comes close. The direct throttle control eliminates lag, delivering crisp response and the idle air control gives you smooth idle as you dock, trailer, troll or pick up decoys. It comes with a 20/50 amp alternator to run all the electronics on your boat. The rev limiter prevents over-revving and the EFI speed sensing measures engine data to deliver the perfect amount of fuel. Packed with features.

$9,950 | MUDBUDDY.COM

6.-Pro-Drive-WIFP-170700-BOT-023

PRO DRIVE 37EFI

Pro Drive's 37EFI isn't just loaded, it's reliable, simple and powerful, thanks to a 37-hp EFI Vanguard motor. It's available in either tiller or console steering and comes with a heavy-duty clutch, hydraulic power trim, automatic or manual reverse and a Gen 4 lower unit. The floating tiller handle includes a marine ignition switch, safety kill, twist grip throttle and reset circuit control, among other features. It even comes with a removable brush guard.

$8,170 | PRODRIVEOUTBOARDS.COM

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Picking a Puppy

Picking a Puppy

Wildfowl contributor Mark Romanack shares advice about choosing your next retriever.

Wentz Bros Outdoors - Throwback Waterfowl

Wentz Bros Outdoors - Throwback Waterfowl

This video is a classic! Take a front row seat with Carson as he hunted back in college. The clips are all either filmed with a GoPro or cell phone!

Browning A5 Shotgun -

Browning A5 Shotgun - 'Gun Stories'

Gun Stories host Joe Mantegna talks about the origin and history of the Browning A5 shotgun.

Arkansas Snow Geese

Arkansas Snow Geese

Wildfowl Editor Skip Knowles took this short video showing all the Snow Geese flying. Let's just say, he had a very good hunt!

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

As Groves, Texas duck call maker Sure-Shot Game Calls celebrates their 60th anniversary during 2019, company CEO Charlie Holder shows off the limited edition Yentzen Classic aimed at commemorating the life and times of company founder Jim 'Cowboy' Fernandez. With a special autographed box and a laser engraved call body, the Cowboy Classic is a perfect way to honor the legacy of the 1959 world duck calling champ and inventor of the double-reed duck call. Calls

Cowboy Fernandez Commemorative Yentzen Classic Duck Call

Lynn Burkhead - January 28, 2019

As Groves, Texas duck call maker Sure-Shot Game Calls celebrates their 60th anniversary during...

Consistency is what pushes today's shotshell makers to constantly improve new waterfowl loads Ammo

11 Best New Shotshell Loads For Waterfowl

Wildfowl Online Staff - August 17, 2017

Consistency is what pushes today's shotshell makers to constantly improve new waterfowl loads

Let's face it, that old mud motor from two years ago isn't cuttin' it any longer.

Of course, it Boats

8 Best Mud Motors for 2016

David Hart - May 26, 2016

Let's face it, that old mud motor from two years ago isn't cuttin' it any longer. Of course,...

Check out our picks for the best new waterfowl guns from the 2019 SHOT Show! Shotguns

Best New Waterfowl Shotguns for 2019

Lynn Burkhead - January 23, 2019

Check out our picks for the best new waterfowl guns from the 2019 SHOT Show!

See More Trending Articles

More Boats

A teacher made a $100 row boat into a bluebill's worst nightmare, and a dog's best friend.   Boats

Convert a Row Boat into a Bluebill Blind

Mike Marsh

A teacher made a $100 row boat into a bluebill's worst nightmare, and a dog's best friend.  

This is a simple setup for a solo small-water hunter. Here's how! Hunting Tactics

An Easy Rig for Hunting Gadwall

Mike Marsh

This is a simple setup for a solo small-water hunter. Here's how!

While you snooze the morning away, waiting on that last greenhead to fill weighty straps of Boats

Hot New Waterfowl Boats & Motors for 2014

Mark Romanack - July 02, 2014

While you snooze the morning away, waiting on that last greenhead to fill weighty straps of

Update your duck hunting rig with the best new boats and motors for 2018! Boats

The Best Boats and Motors for Duck Hunters in 2018

David Hart - June 20, 2018

Update your duck hunting rig with the best new boats and motors for 2018!

See More Boats

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Wildfowl subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now