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Old 07-01-2019, 10:03 AM   #1
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Looking to possibly get a surface drive before the fall and wondering what everyone is running for there setups. I have a 1654 grizzly welded boat with a 40 2 stroke outboard now and wanting to get into a surface drive. Was thinking a 35 EFI or bigger. Looking for something thatís gonna be able to push my boat around decent enough to get around the marshes without problems. Donít need to win races but would still like to get up and go. Just looking for opinions and ideas. Thanks
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35 would do OK, but 4400 would do abit better. I'm running a MudBuddy 45 Mag on a 1648 Alumacraft riveted jon. I can plane boat with a five person load fairly easily with a 12.5x 11 Hammer prop. I would recommend as much HP as you can afford, being surface drives can't be compared to an equal HP outboard as to load carrying ability. IMO a carberated version is easier to trouble shoot and work on should the need arise. The new EFI motors are getting better, but if anything goes wrong with them they would have to go back to a dealer and be plugged into their computer to be diagnosed. If you are handy with carbed lawn equipment you can usually fix a problem out on the marsh.
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I will add, surface drives on an outboard designed boat will not perform as well as a true mud hull. If you have pods, that's another strike. I have a 17x56 Havoc MST with a stock/carbureted 36hp Prodrive. It runs 28-29 by myself without blind and 23-24 with blind, 3 guys and all the duck stuff.
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I will add, surface drives on an outboard designed boat will not perform as well as a true mud hull. If you have pods, that's another strike. I have a 17x56 Havoc MST with a stock/carbureted 36hp Prodrive. It runs 28-29 by myself without blind and 23-24 with blind, 3 guys and all the duck stuff.
Donít have any pods
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35 would do OK, but 4400 would do abit better. I'm running a MudBuddy 45 Mag on a 1648 Alumacraft riveted jon. I can plane boat with a five person load fairly easily with a 12.5x 11 Hammer prop. I would recommend as much HP as you can afford, being surface drives can't be compared to an equal HP outboard as to load carrying ability. IMO a carberated version is easier to trouble shoot and work on should the need arise. The new EFI motors are getting better, but if anything goes wrong with them they would have to go back to a dealer and be plugged into their computer to be diagnosed. If you are handy with carbed lawn equipment you can usually fix a problem out on the marsh.
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And adding Gator Glide will help tremendously.
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I will add, surface drives on an outboard designed boat will not perform as well as a true mud hull. If you have pods, that's another strike. I have a 17x56 Havoc MST with a stock/carbureted 36hp Prodrive. It runs 28-29 by myself without blind and 23-24 with blind, 3 guys and all the duck stuff.
That's pretty good speed for a prodrive on that hull. My old tin can Alumacraft will run 37.7 by myself and 30 with 5 people. Use it mostly for ferrying hunters too and from blind.
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Just go get yourself a gator XD 40 and call it good lol
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