About. Explore Models. X3 32 X3 | 28 X3 | 25 X3. Don't bust another regular outboard, go with a shallow water outboard. The first and most important tip for boating in shallow water is one you can probably guess already: when you’re unsure of the depth and fear you may run aground, slow down. At the present time we don't have any test data or any design methods to actually account for this. I originally bought the boat for primarily shallow water running, but soon found out how will the boat performs in all conditions. Running on plane in shallow water increases your boat's lift, decreasing draft for running. The optimum trim angle varies by motor, boat, conditions and speed. Pro-Drive Outboards Are Gear Driven. Discover how legacy, innovation, and quality have crafted the most capable fishing boats ever. I have always had it locked down when I run, and also in what Honda calls "shallow water running position" which is for slow speeds and running in a tilted position. Best shallow water boat for fishing. And if drifting off the flat is slower than the tide going out you're stuck. Duckworth offers a variety of boats with a 14° hull designed for shallow water running with jet pumps: Find a Dealer. Be sure to tilt the outboard down slowly. No wind and flat calm so those weren't a factor. Most people associate trim tabs with improving a boat’s ride in rough seas or correcting a list, but they’re also great tools for shallow water situations. Was running under power this afternoon in a sailboat with the board up. . For example, a Mercury Verado positions the propeller about six inches further aft than a Mercury OptiMax outboard. Occasionally when either holding or proceeding slowly upstream in shallow water, when the throttle is opened, the motor over speeds with no increase in thrust. Of course, this will change the handling and attitude of the boat, but it will get you shallower. Sportsmen used these gear driven outboards to haul themselves and their gear long before shallow water boat motors came into the market, and the majority of them still do. Whether you have a boat designed specifically for shoal draft or not, knowing some basics about operating in the shallows is important. For this reason, they are a popular choice for small boats. The original prototype worked similar to older style small outboards which turned completely around to achieve reverse. The big question is how much water does it take to get up. Classic 24 Classic | 20 Classic | 18 Classic. These things still need about 8-10 inches of water to get the bottom half of the prop and the skeg immersed. The perfect combination of tunnel hull, wide bottom, and UHMW on the bottom allows for our boats to run in only inches of water. “In shallow water, the lower unit can strike the bottom, slowing the boat, and causing the outboard to suck sand and mud into the cooling system.” ADVERTISEMENT This also might damage the propeller and lower unit, not to mention the adverse effects to delicate marine habitats. My son has one (Mud Buddy 30 hp) that I've driven briefly in deep water. Outboard motors are engines mounted on the outside of the stern of the hull. The wider the running surface of the boat, the better a mud motor is able to lift the hull on plane. Designed for hunting and fishing and commercial purposes as well. The Scavenger has it all with the durable design. Total Shallow Water Performance. So it is better to have a higher horsepower with less throttle than a low horsepower motor and running it on full throttle. The trim angle is the angle of the motor in the water. Tips for Boating in Shallow Water. Pro-Drive Shallow Water Outboards | Pro-Drive builds and sells shallow water outboard motors and boats. Shallow water or whitewater: Inboard jet, or outboard jet. All outboard motors have an adjustable trim angle. There are three main trim angles. Excel shallow water boats with the triple taper chine roll into turns with limited slip. You can raise the motor another 25-50cm, possibly more, if you have about a 250cm setback. Does the depth of the water in which the boat is turning have an effect on the possible end swapping event? FWIW Trim and Tilt are entirely the same "function" it is only height that is different. This year it is most about 3' deep but a 30' run of it is much less. This is usually caused by suction holding rocks against the intake grill, restricting the water flow. The better proof construction and weight of the boat makes it ideal for those long runs across choppy bays and even near shore trips offshore! 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