By way of due diligence I have reviewed all 28 pages of the canoe section over the last two weeks or so.
I have the idea that folks with experience are snapping up surface drive motors as fast as they can afford them.
So my question, as a minimally experienced boater, is why?
It seems like having the propeller below the bottom of the boat like a traditional outboard should be dramatically more efficient.
It seems like going to a surface drive is going to be more noisy and only shave 5-10" off the vehicle's total draft in exchange for worse fuel economy.
So I must be missing something. Is getting from a motor canoe that drafts fifteen inches to a motor canoe that drafts 6 inches really going to open miles and miles of river to me that is otherwise inaccessible? Are the surface drive units really a bunch more rugged against rocks and gravel?
My experience pretty well limited to Clear Creek in the Tanana flats, on that waterway I can't see 6" versus 15" draft making an enormous difference because most of the gravel bars aren't very wide. Lift the motor, reach over the side of the boat with a stick, pole the boat forward one length, drop the motor and go. No?
I am obviously not tracking on something, thanks in advance for pointing me straight.