Keeping outboard "weedless"??

Discussion in 'Outboard Maintenance' started by rashouri87, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. rashouri87

    rashouri87 I Love!

    I bought an outboard for my duck boat instead of a mud motor due to a good deal coming through. I tried to run it through some vegetation, and as expected, fouled the hell out of it, bogged it down. I pulled up, cleared it, and busted out the paddles. Is there any way to keep the prop from getting fouled as often? The weeds tend to wrap only around the inside of the prop where it meets the lower. Any help would be appreciated!
  2. Brett

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  3. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

    Well I just learned something today.

    Thanks Brett!

  4. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

    is it strong enough for oyster bars? ;)
  5. rashouri87

    rashouri87 I Love!

    thats pretty sick, that would bring my total cost to STILL less than a mud motor!! I wonder how much it would make my rig sag at idle?? Shouldnt it bring the stern up on plane??
  6. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    I don't get it, the solution is a jack plate? you would think more people would know about this.

    As far as the weedless prop goes, my trolling motor has one and gets stopped up all the time.
  7. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I don't think it's the jackplate so much, as it is the skeg setting
    forward of the prop and lower unit. That skeg setting in front of
    the lower unit splits the vegetation or pushes it down, leaving
    space for the prop to get some bite and water to reach the intake.
    The skeg doesn't make an outboard a mudmotor, just an alternative.
    I always preferred something like an aircooled Lycoming
    in a cage with a fan to get me through the heavy vegetation.


  8. B.Lee

    B.Lee Well-Known Member

    In the video on the website, did you see the amount of mud he was churning though when he looked back? That's not good...

    It's a neat idea, but I certainly wouldn't by a used outboard from that fella. Serious abuse going on there!

    Buy a mud motor or an airboat if you have to run through that much vegetation!
  9. rashouri87

    rashouri87 I Love!

    i think the best option overall is to keep my eyes peeled for a MM and a buyer for my 6 hp suzuki, preferably around the same time so I'm not motor-less!