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  • skybust
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    I started with a godevil then went to a 27 prodive now have a 32 prodrive on a 4816 work great Not to say anythig bad about another motor but I love my prodrive I its like an outbord but you can abuse it and it turns on a dime and the customer service prodive has given me has been great. Just my two cents worh they are all good just depends on which motor you want.

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  • jssbastiat
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    I've run my Godevil from Nulato to Kotlik then to Unalakleet!

    Ok, I've had my 35hp GD for 2 seasons on an 18x48 alweld and it is tough as nails....and light...i can jump rock or sand bars and if i do get stuck by myself, I have a spruce pole about 12ft long that i use to bar myself off with...

    yeah, some of the bigger jet units have a longer "jump" than I do, but, alll it takes is ONE time not getting that unit high enough and it is all over but the crying, cursing and shelling out big $$$$$;s....

    sooo, for a new guy up here running the yukon, fish river, etc, it is great since if I make a mistake, heck, GD is forgiving and light....

    I actually drove mine 600 miles down the yukon to kotlik with 1,000lbs loaded on it...then got on the ocean adn went 125 miles from kotlik to unalakleet!....the swells were long, so, the ocean was easier than the south yukon since there the swells are close together and tend to want to come over my low boat sides!....

    I will answer another question about boat sales in Ak....most of the hunters here, native and white, (i live in a native village).....don't want to have to work at driving a boat...hey, i won't lie, a GD is alot more work on one end of the spectrum....they want to sit down, have a covered seat, etc....but, on the other end of the spectrum, these guys have to pull lower units, spend big bucks to fix em or dig them out of the mudd!!!!...I DON"T!!!! I take a big hit, my motor bounces up, and I go on....

    sooo, for a newby like me, it's the best spent money...and until godevil gets a remote steering and an EASY seat/Cover setup, it wont sell much to the white nor native hunters here....

    Contact Stu Varner at (907) 488-8601, he is the godevil dealer in fairbanks and he will sell you a unit...and I mean sell you on it...he will tell you the good, bad and ugly about GD and help you figure out how to get it how you want it...period...he met up with me multiple times, took me out in his and has taken and returned all of my calls...emails me regularly, etc....so i deal alot with him and not La for stuff....


    REVERSE! that is something else that can go wrong and break down in the middle of no where for me, so, I really don't need it!...Neutral??? just raise the prop up, keep it simple and that saves me $$$$!...

    just my two sense...

    scotty starr
    jssbastiat@aol.com

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  • godevilalaska
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    Reverse

    Who says I don't have reverse? In one boat it's a 12 ft push pole and in the other it's a set of oars. Neither one has ever broken or reguired maintenance.
    Seriously, there are mudmotors that offer reverse, but not Godevil. Since I've never had it I've never missed it. I run almost a thousand miles on the rivers every summer and I don't see it as a safety issue.

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  • propgrinder
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    I've never had reverse so I don't know any better. But, I never had reverse in my airplane either and it always seemed to work ok.

    Sorry, I'm not much help.

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  • Jake_65_65
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    Reverse?

    What are you guy's experiences with running rivers without reverse?

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  • godevilalaska
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    Mud motors

    The remote steering isn't an option with a GoDevil surfacedrive ... yet. It is being worked on by the factory but until they get a system that is as reliable as the motor they won't offer it for sale. You might check with the Boat Shop. I think their ProDrive can be set up with remote controls.

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  • propgrinder
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    Jake,

    I don't have any idea why they're not more popular other than it's a situation where people have always used jets and therefore the "only" thing to have for shallow rivers is a jet. Kind of like the only truck to have is a Chevy Dodge Ford?

    If and when I bash my 18x48 rivited Lowe so badly I can't fix it, I'l probably buy another rivited boat. They are lighter than a true blue mud motor boat the swamp boys down south use and I always subscribe to the idea that lighter means faster means less fuel burn means going further. Plus, I can get my boat off a mud/gravel bar by myself. You may know how much work it is to get a big jet boat off a bar. Bigger is not always better IMHO.

    You need to talk to Stu Varner about remote steering. He's got ideas.

    Glad to try and bring you over to the "mud motor" side of things!

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  • Jake_65_65
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    propgrinder,

    You pretty much answered my questions. I guess the only one I have left is why these motors are not more popular up here. I have been reading up on these things for about a year over at d u c k h u n t e r . n e t and just don't see the downside to them when compared to something like an outboard jet. More durable, more reliable motor, more versatile, better MPG, and from what people say on here they will go in the same shallow rivers a jet will go and more.

    Needless to say I will be looking at one of these real hard next spring. One last question. My ideal setup would be to put one of these motors on my 18' X 48" riveted Lowe, I would also have remote steering by way of a stick steer setup. Is there anything wrong with this setup that should be changed?

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  • flyfishak30
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    Sorry to say it was your

    girlish figure


    Have a nice day.

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  • propgrinder
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    From the number of views, I'd say people are interested in Go-Devil engines. On the other hand, since there haven't been any replies, I figure I killled this thread deadr' hell! Was it the boat, the dog, or my girlish figure?

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  • propgrinder
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    Jake_65_65, you really want to do this kind of stuff with your Lowe? (I almost made it across....)
    As a test, I put a full 55 gallon drum plus 2 big 230 pound guys and me at 200 pounds, about 1000 pounds total, and my boat still ran 23 mph in the Chena. I went up the Ivishak about 10 years ago with the same boat but with an 18 hp Go-Devil long tail. I guarantee I can repeatedly go places a 35/50 jet can only go......once.
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  • Jake_65_65
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    Hey guys,

    To piggy back on this thread how would you compare these motors (35 hp surface drives) to a 50/35 jet. I would really like to know if these motors are a capable of running the same rivers a jet is capable of. Is the power enough for pushing a hunting load and is there enough power to safely run rivers like the Talkeetna? I am not looking for a speed machine, but rather solid denpendable boat to get back into the boonies and get me back out. The boat I am considering putting one of these on is an 18 x 48 rivetted Lowe, old, but does not leak at all.

    Would this be a decent set-up for rivers up north (Haul Road) like the Ivishak?

    From what I have read by others with these motors once they mount them they are more worried about putting holes in the boat rather than damaging the motor.

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  • propgrinder
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    FarmerGrant,

    I have a 35hp Go-Devil Surface Drive on my 18x48 Lowe jon boat. Put simply, you'd have to pry it out of my cold dead fingers before I'd give it up.

    Stu is the man to talk to for a surface drive. None better.

    propgrinder

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  • Hyperdrive
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    Mudbuddy!

    I have used Go-Devil long tails and now a 35horse Mudbuddy Hyper drive sport. My boat is a 16x54 lowe. I love it the short tail is great for steering and the new Hyper is faster then the old long tails. I can still pick my prop up if I need to. It has electric trim and if I wanted to I could have remote steering like the pro drives. It is all a matter of what kind of running you want to do and remember these mud motors are heavy. I have floatation pods welded on the back of my boat so that I can stay on step at slower speeds. Call Backwater Mud buddy. Marc can set you up and give you advice on what is the best performing motor for you. 688-4515. In fact he is hunting in Minto right now! Cant miss his boat..well if you can catch it! He is running a new supped up 45 Hyper sport...FAST! I know he did have a boat and motor all set up ready to hunt. It was his personal boat comes with a blind and everything you need to get started.

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  • ironartist
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    mud motors

    I have a 1436 and run a longshaft Mud Buddy, it's a 12 horse kolher and has plenty of power and ruggedability to pound the rocky bottoms around here. I studied a little before buying this one, weight ratio vs. power this has a 2:1 reducer and a modified prop to give the torqe of a larger motor with less weight. I added a 4 cubic foot air filled pontoon to the rear to lift the transom due to the added leverage of the motor. I have been very impressed with the motor and the hunting rig

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