The Backwater swomp lite kit is a sturdy, solid built frame that is designed for gobbling up grass and chugging through mud, while also appearing to take abuse well.
It favors those who are not gear-heads, wrench-turners, or tinkerers, with having little to modify and few prop sizes to choose from. Speed is NOT a priority with this kit so do not set your expectations high in that category. If you want American Made and don’t mind paying the price tag for it, then this kit IS a solid consideration.
With previously testing other longtail mud motor kits, the Backwater has its advantages and disadvantages. It takes the coupler housing design from a Thai longtail and mixes it with the original American style longtail deriving from the GoDevil design with the shorter shaft and “cavitation plate”. Then once you get above the 16hp or 24hp kit, there is additional bracing of the shaft that makes it look more like the standard American style longtail.
If I am able to test any other American style longtails, I would like too, but as of right now it looks like the top two, highest performing single cylinder longtail mud motor KITS is between the Swamp Runner and the Backwater kit. And again I want to stress KIT (as in purchasing and assembling it yourself and not buying a motor already assembled with a mud motor where you have to pay the freight).
So stay tuned and keep an eye out for the videos that are posted on JTgatoring. There are plenty of other topics that still need to be covered with jon boats, mud motors, and the GREAT outdoor lifestyle. So consider subscribing, enjoy some of the other videos and articles here, and I’ll see you next time on JTgatoring!