Mudder Boyz, here it is.
A New Generation of High Performance Mud Buddy Motors
True Surface Running Technology at its Best
History: For years, sportsman and backwater travelers have relied on the mud
motor to transport them and their gear through some of the toughest
backwater areas. They also relied on 40-year-old technology to get
them there. During the past ten years, Mud Buddy elevated the
technical capabilities of the mud motor by inventing the full bearing
drive, new pressurized seal system, a swivel assembly that allows the tailshaft to swing into the boat and the first computer designed and
laser cut engineered lightweight frame and high tech performance
propellers. Two U.S. patents were awarded for our design innovations
for marine engines.
In just a few years, Mud Buddy became known for our advanced
technology and quality. Soon after, Mud Buddy's loyal customers
allowed us to become the largest mud motor manufacturer in the world
with over 46 models and hundreds of dealers across North America.
Our Goal: To build an all new
short shaft mud motor design that has the ease of operation and
performance of an outboard, but yet have the prop control and
versatility of a balanced mud motor outdrive.
"Sit or stand, the choice is
yours with the Hyper. Me, I like to run the motor standing when
in the tough stuff where I can instantaneously control the prop and
Chad Wall, Mud Buddy Gator Trax Boat Technician
The HypeDrive - Thinking Way Outside the Duckboat:
The new HyperDrive has serious
get-up-and-go, is easy to operate sitting or standing, but still
retains the mud motor ability to position the propeller wherever and
whenever instantaneously while negotiating the toughest backwater
terrain. And, we wanted an all new drive that would run completely
on the surface, a floating drive that
would run near the bottom of the boat to limit machine crunching
impacts when in rocks and logs. We also decided early on that we
wanted multiple models from 6 to 35 horse that absolutely make those
duck boats come alive.
And, better yet, at a price that new short-tail owner's can afford.
So good, we are known for the lowest priced short-tails ever offered.
After months of research,
Cad/Cam design after design, and numerous prototypes the new HyperDrive was born. We ran a half dozen secretively last hunting
season in different parts of the country. Ideas were turned into
reality. The best ideas were kept and the harder ones were shelved to
be perfected later.
Ideas to Welding Table and then
to the Marsh: The 29 Kawi was our first prototype and is featured in
most of the Hyper videos here on this web. It weighs
approximately 220 pounds, has a 3' sealed drive shaft with stainless
bearing assembly, a sealed cast aluminum main frame, bearing swivel
turning assembly, 10" to 12" Tiger triple-cup Asian style propeller
that will outrun the competition, and best yet, it blasts out of the
hole with a fully loaded boat. We worked over every aspect of
the new drive. A short and tall transom version were designed and lots
more features were added. And best of all, the average speed,
depending on the model, ranges from a whopping 20 to 40% increase over
conventional long tailed mud motor using the same engine. And
all this along with easier operation and steering than ever before.
Plus, it is better in mud, better when under load and better in every
test we ran than our traditional longtails. And rightfully so,
it is newer Mud Buddy technology.
Hyper formula is simple: Outboard handling and top end
performance + balanced drive with full and instant prop control +
lighter aluminum + 10 models + a higher floating surface drive + more
horsepower + Tiger surface piercing prop + better price + Mud Buddy
quality + patents on innovations + Mud Buddy legendary bearing drive +
marine coating + stainless components + better load handling + bearing
swivel + Mud Buddy service and warranty + sit or stand Floating Handle
(TM) = ultimate
performance = value = future = HyperDrive
Bill Henricks, Paul Balding, Glenn Foreman,
Mud Buddy design engineers
Being ahead of schedule, and while the pattern makers where forming
the aluminum outdrive castings, we decided to keep the brain-storm
alive. The machine needed more than speed and power, so we listed all
the neat features we could possibly think of, including comfort,
wrench friendly maintenance, extended frame life, and ease of use.
And, of course, duck hunters love to accessorize, and with the help of
our industry partners, we came up with a new line of boats,
including the new Hyper Tunnel Gator, pontoon floatation devices and
those other needed bells and whistles. (hang in there, more to come)
First, we worked on light and strong. We
redesigned mounts and hardware, shaved pound after pound and came up
with a super tough and super light engineered laser-cut outer frame.
We liked the sit-and-drive feature of outboards for long hauls, so we
built a Floating Handleô assembly that
automatically goes from sit to stand. Plus its innovative
friction plate allows the drive to flip up during impact without
forcing the handle down and stretching armpits. A twist grip
throttle was a must for the newly discovered speed and power. We
like hunting, not greasing so we designed a semi-permanently (5-year
interval schedule) sealed outdrive. We donít like to see props
shearing off so we developed a hardened 1 1/8" to 7/8Ē step drive
shaft with replaceable seal sleeves so the shafts can last a lifetime.
We donít like rust, so we added zinc undercoating and stainless
hardware wherever possible to match the stainless lower bearing
assembly. Less vibration makes a better ride, so we partnered
with a California custom car suspension company and came up with an engine assembly
mounted on a polyurethane cushioned swivel body.
Adjusting trim with a crank handle was
unthinkable, time consuming and inconvenient, so we developed a
hydraulic assist and electric rocker switch controlled tilt and trim
We didn't stop there. Other standard features include
outboard style stainless clamp on mount handles,
transom saver with trailer bracket, an adjustable skeg torque tab,
baked on powder coat finish and cushioned throttle grip. Options
include a tach and 12V cel plug. And of course, every Mud Buddy comes
with a battery box and fuel tank. We also added a new
electric two level 12V handgrip warmer.
"We got the first prototype, Ohhhh what throttle response and hole
shots. And being able to control the prop put us in charge of
how much four wheel drive we can handle. This Kawi is on my personal
boat and is amazing. The higher drive floats right over these
Cyprus knees, and the new innovative propeller design doesn't even
blink when under load. We all agree, this is cutting edge technology
and was well worth waiting for."
Kent Saxon, Gator Trax Boats
And as a matter of accessories, we have a full
frame camo cover. We also have an exclusive contract with KolorFusion for their patented camo hard frame finish, a no paint, no
dip, no tape, built in color fused coating. This, rock-hard
finish will be available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass, Breakup and
Plus, we now have the new matching performance
Hyper floatation boat pontoon that bolts on and doubles as an
adjustable trim tab making sure you get the most out of your
HyperDrive. The floatation pontoon installs easily and runs the
full width of the boat allowing a smaller profile and greater lift.
And, to top it off, we worked overtime on a new Hyper Gator Trax
Tunnel Hull boat for our new motor line. The Gator Hyper Tunnel with
full floatation optimizes the surface running characteristic of
Hyper by allowing the blade to ride high and even with the back of the
boat, above rocks, weeds, mud, Cyprus knees and other nasties. How
high one may ask? Well get this; the bottom of the blade is 1.75"
below the boat. We also kept the
rounded chines so the boat lays on its side when turning, a Mud Buddy,
no-slide exclusive. Plus, all the needed hunting stuff, is placed in
the right location. And, the inside layout was planned with the
customerís needs in mind. And like usual, there are plenty of options,
plus the Gator Trax team doesn't mind building a custom boat.
"We wanted the ultimate duck
hunting boat that would enhance the superior surface drive
capabilities of the HyperDrive. The new tunnel not only raised
the prop even higher in the water column, the clean water feed to the
Tiger blade, actually increased performance. The design will please
the most demanding duck hunter."
Alan Wall, Gator Trax Co-Owner
"Finally! I waited all my life for a good timber motor. Now I
can sit and drive it like an outboard, and when I need to, I can still
lift the blade out of the water to get up and over the tough stuff.
How ingenious, this is a gem. "
"We have been using MB for many years. And why? Other than
a morning sunrise, there is no better feeling than the confidence you
have in your equipment."
Phil Robertson, Duck Commander
Note: Phil got to run his
first Hyper the fall of 2003 in timber, thick stuff and a Rocky Mountain river while
filming his new 2004 video "Wanted Dead or Alive" with the Mud Buddy
gang, Buckshot Robbie and other pro staff. He didn't think it
would run over 5" of water and rock riffle. What he didn't know was
this is where the Hyper had been secretly tested for four months, on
that ranch and private stretch of river, and that it was born to run
in that stuff. (One side comment, we experienced
it first hand, the DC is a pleasure to have around camp and without a
doubt, he hits what he aims at. His new video was released just
after the first Hypers were first shipped in June.)
"Gator Trax and other gold
dealers will get the first production run. Hang on, you will love the
Clint Hovey, Mud Buddy National Sales Manager
The new Vanguard 35 Hyper
Mag will be available in October -
Justin Foreman, Buildout Shop Supervisor.
Models available this year include the 6 & 12
Yamaha,18, 21, 23 & 29 Van, the 24 Honda, 27 Kohler, and 29 Kawi EFI,
our most prized motor the last couple years. The 18 and 23 Van
will be phased out as inventory is reduced. As mentioned, the
9th model will be the 31 Van and will be available in August. And get
this, the new 35 Hyper Vanguard Mag will be released in October of 04. This
new motor flat-out hauls ass...
Yamaha "Hyper Punk" runs like a 9, the 12 like a 20 and so on.
(The 12 and 6, 2:1 gear-drive motors, unlike their heftier brothers,
will be offered on the standard longtail frame.) Example: The 12
Hyper pushed an 18' all welded Legend test boat with one guy and dog
at 15.2 mph at 4000 feet elevation. We released 25 of the 6 (Hyper
Punk) and 12 horse Yamaha test motors this past year and the customers
love the light weight and top end speeds. We made many a layout boat
and 14' flat bottom come alive with the Mini Hyper Punk motors this
"It has always been our job,
beginning ten years ago, and no matter at what cost, to build the best
motors possible. Our loyal customers know this to be true."
Glenn Foreman, President & Owner of Mud Buddy
As mentioned earlier, we worked on the price
also. Talk about value. Our Hypers are built with Mud Buddy
technology, plenty of aluminum and stainless, have more horsepower,
will be lighter, faster and have better four wheel drive for a fair
price equal to other four-stroke outboards.
This could be you!!!!