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Old 05-18-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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Since they got stuck in an inch of water my guess is a surface drive or a longtail got them there, but that is just an uninformed guess.

Does anyone here happen to know what kind of boat/motor combination they were running?

Here's the DNR's news release: http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR...rvoir-mud-flat

I just picked up a phowler/prodrive combo this spring after hunting out of a 16 foot Lund deep vee the last couple of years so up until now I've always wanted at minimum a foot of water underneath me.

I have no desire to go out and see what it would take to get the new boat stuck, but stories like this interest me because I have very little idea what the boat I have been running for the last month and a half will or won't do. As such, I am interested to know if their rig was set up for mud and if that is what got them into a place where they shouldn't have been.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:36 PM   #2
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It happens every year. They were probably in a boat that had no business going beyond the state park ramp.

Do yourself a favor and go get your boat stuck. Honestly. It is the only way you will know the limitations of a mud boat set up. They can do some pretty impressive things, but then again, they aren't air boats either. Bring a buddy to help push and try and not get stuck in sand! Lots better to do it when the water is warm based on my experience. You don't need water to run...when in doubt, throttle out... I let off on this picture.
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Speaking of getting stuck. Don't do like I did when running flooded Islands on the Mississippi. Miss judged the width between two large Maples, and tried to get a 6' wide boat thru a 5' 6" opening. That was worse than getting beached on sand. Real bitch when your by yourself.
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What Deucem says, get it stuck now while it's warm. A word of caution on the Pro Drive when pushing from the rear, that muffler WILL jump out and grab you. I have a scar on my right shoulder blade from pushing after finding hard bottom.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:23 AM   #5
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depending on your boat and where you get stuck. You may want to bring 4-5 buddies to help get you out. Its the worst feeling in the world being stuck in a boat. Carry a cheap come-along with an a long rope and something you can anchor in the ground for a back up...
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If you read the article it says they were in an inch of water with waist deep mud. My thoughts are if they were running a Mud Motor , someone needs to take it away from them. Use your brain and learn how to use the reverse on your Pro Drive and you'll be fine.
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My guess is this wasn't a mud rig.
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Thanks for the advice folks. I will wait for a bluebird day with some warmth and see what it will do. I'll make sure to bring a friend or two, an anchor of some type, and a comealong.
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we ran into a some guys with a couple of mud rigs last fall up at Santee. they were from MI and were running short tails on their rigs but they both had the "chain saw style winches" mounted on the front of their boats. they carried tow straps and big anchors with the large flukes on them. these boats and set ups had been used hard. these guys weren't afraid of doing whatever it took to "get there".

I guess of you are serious "mudder" that is one way to be prepared
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They are a blast until you get stuck or run aground. And if you run it enough it will def happen.
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Who here has not about gotten a hernia from pulling a Jon Boat out of the mud
I just try not to do it very often
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Who here has not about gotten a hernia from pulling a Jon Boat out of the mud
I just try not to do it very often
That's one reason why I never opted to run a bigger custom made mud hull, they are just to heavy for one old man to drag around, my whole rig with me in it weighs under 900 lbs.
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I've gotten my 800lb excel stuck numerous times. From not quite making it over a sand bar to large grass patches in the Martha where there wasn't any water. Mine came with a 3000lb winch in the front. I've been stuck by myself before and I carry a big richter anchor with big flukes on it to shove in the ground. It's saved me every time from having to call some one or blow an o ring pushing it out. Best advice I can give is get as many ponies as you can and when in doubt throttle out and turn towards where you think the deeper water is!!!
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