January 24, 2009 at 8:02am
here's my opinion, albeit long-winded. i run a go devil surface drive, and i'm regretting it a bit. no reverse, no neutral. the neutral thing is the biggest to me, esp. while docking or trying to load on the trailer with a stiff wind or current. the go devil is bullet proof, however. i've had mine for 2 1/2 years of very hard, wide open running at the Wax, Manchac, and saltwater fishing in Cocodrie. it has a huge skeg, which gets in the way when trying to dig. it has the only three blade prop, to me it bogs the motor down in the thick muck, and i have the 35 with the 16x56 go devil boat. the prop wears down fast, esp in the sand (duh).
the advantage to the prodrive is the FPR. the prop flushes huge amounts of water to lift and float the boat because the prop is underneath the boat. the gator tail prop is two feet behind the boat and the water will hit the transom and not have the same lifting effect.
my issue with the pro drive is the violent way it handles going over logs and stumps. my buddy took me in his boat with a 35 PD at Manchac, man i thought the boat was gonna rip in half. the whole engine is behind the transom, acting more like an outboard. so when it hits something, the boat has to overcome the 300lbs motor.
to me, the go devil is the best all around engine, it doesn't do one thing very well, but if you're like me i hunt several different places so i need versatility. if i hunted just the wax, i'd go gator tail hands down.