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Longtail Mud Motor Kits for $399?
Jun 28th, 2011 at 5:12pm
 
Hi, New guy to the forum.  Has anybody ever used one of these longtails on a gheenoe?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/COMPLETE-LONGTAIL-MUD-MOTOR-KIT-3-5-7HP-_W0QQcmdZ...

Any input would be appreciated.
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Reply #1 - Jun 28th, 2011 at 5:14pm
 
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but this has a little bit of a SPAM flavor to it.....no?

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Reply #2 - Jun 28th, 2011 at 6:13pm
 
Yeah, but watch the youtube video on the right at the bottom of the ebay listing.  INSANE!!! Shocked
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Reply #3 - Jun 28th, 2011 at 6:30pm
 
I agree with Tom
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Reply #4 - Jun 28th, 2011 at 7:28pm
 
Hmmm. Having owned plenty of longtails I must say the price is tempting.. However, from mud buddy to hyper these machines are built to withstand the worst of terrain. Having said that, I see no info as to a warranty for the chassis and from inspection it surely looks like a cheap knock off of a similar well known/built product. I would stay away from this and stick with a reputable product. Every hunter and marsh runner I see on the water seems to have the same opinion I do from experience.  Cool
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Reply #5 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 12:23am
 
If this isn't spam and you're asking for real....

I'd go with a reputable company.  You do not want to find yourself with a major component broken on the water and worse, when you finally make it home find out that the only way to get the parts you need is to purchase a whole new kit!
The high price of the reputable companies is due to hours of intense research and abuse, and the manpower and machinery to create or locate critical parts that these motors require.  Skimping on a MM is a bad idea and the first time you try to run through the nasty with an underpowered or underbuilt MM you will wish you didn't
You can find good used MM's for very cheap this time of year.  Get the highest HP you can for your boat, if you take the "I don't care how fast I go, I just want to get there" attitude, you'll be kicking yourself when that guy you saw that launched behind you at the ramp is passing you and headed on a bee line to your spot.

For a 15'4" gheenoe, I would seriously look into Copperhead's 10 HP motor, serious cash up front but I've heard great things about both the motors and the customer service.
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Reply #6 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 6:41am
 
Probably like most chinese items...... Looks sorta ok and will work for light use.
I wan't to see the video of the new Honda engine falling in the water when the stamped pot metal bracket breaks, or when the cheap fasteners snap, or maybe when the $12 prop hits a branch.
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Reply #7 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 8:17am
 
I don't mean to sound too anti Chinese, but I own a printing co, and a cabinet shop and consistently see people swayed by a low price and corresponding low quality, then replacing those items with something better.
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Reply #8 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 3:06pm
 
Hey guys.  Thanks for taking the time to give me your thoughts. 
Great observation by After Hours 2 about the warranty.  I emailed the seller asking about warranty information and replacement parts.  They said they provide a two year warranty, and sell all replacement parts to rebuild. 
Thanks Rummya87.   Iíve also heard good things about Copperhead.  But, they only make surface drives, and donít offer a longtail to my knowledge.   I would prefer a longtail because it can reach a lot of places a surface drive cant.
I might take Rummyís advise and try to locate a bargain in a used longtail.  Thanks guys.
Iíd like to thank TomFL and Makin Moves for their warm greeting to a new member.  I joined microskiff.com because I believed it to be a place that encouraged new membership, questions, and the sharing of information and ideas.  Iím a member of a woodworking forum, and hunting forum, and never experienced such a welcoming committee.  Just because my first post was a question was about a product I was curious about, doesnít mean I have a dog in the hunt.  You guys should lighten up on the hall monitor comments to new members.
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Reply #9 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 3:11pm
 
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How bad could it be ?  I would drive down there to save the Shipping ...
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Reply #10 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 3:25pm
 
Fowl - Welcome to the forum! We're just a tight knit group around here.  And it's often the case when someone new (less than 5 posts) jumps on and says hey go look at this product! is spamming and never comes back. That's it, we welcome any and all but don't just try to hawk your wares then leave.  Wink

But to answer the question at hand, I would not buy that kit without inspecting it first.  Over my time of buying cheaper tools and having parts crack, break or never work correctly to save a few bucks, well it ended up costing me in the end.  However, with a mud motor that could leave me stranded 10 miles from the ramp in the dark, in waist deep muck, I'm not cheaping out.
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Reply #11 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 3:30pm
 
If you dont have a dog in the hunt then dont take offence. Welcome to the forum. Ill take a jack and coke Smiley
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Reply #12 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 3:30pm
 
FH, please let me be the first to apologies on behalf of the entire microskiff family. As the site increases its prominence in the shallow water community, our visibility and platform as an advertising tool has as well. There have been a rash of "hit and run" posts shilling products. So we are a little on the cautious side. Call it growing pains.

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Reply #13 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 7:56pm
 
iMacattack wrote on Jun 29th, 2011 at 3:30pm:
There have been a rash of "hit and run" posts shilling products.
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Most of the shilling the I witness comes from the "Tight Knit" group on this site, not the newcomers.  Just an observation.

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Reply #14 - Jun 29th, 2011 at 9:09pm
 
I would not buy this UNLESS I took the $1200 in savings and bought a used one from a reputable manufacturer.  Get that prop bogged down in the weeds and mud, whip the handle around and watch the shaft snap off the motor.  There is no support ant all to the shaft except for the four bolts on a 4" pattern.

Not part of the tight knit groupies and not spamming, but I am staying in a Holiday Inn right now.   Grin
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