Mud Skipper Long Tail Mud Motors 8hp – 16hp Medium Kit Unboxing
To continue on the 2018 TLT Mud Motor Battle, we are now unboxing the Mud Skipper 8hp-16hp Medium Long Tail Mud Motor Kit. This is the last long tail mud motor kit we are unboxing. Each kit has their own article. This is Mud Skipper’s article. If you want to see the others, click here for Beaver Dam’s and click her for Swamp Runner’s
Mud Skipper Mud Motor Kit Unboxing
The Medium Mud Skipper kit (8-16hp)
- Priced in the lowest out of the three kits
- Website is fair and it was easy to check out.
- Sells many different things related to boating
Mud Skipper is a distributor. CKS is the Thai long tail brand. Mud Skipper is the only distributor in North America allowed to distribute CKS long tails. This is the same with Beaver Dam who deals with CLP, and Swamp Runner that deals with SPS.
- First impression was not good
- Worst packaging out of the three kits
- The instruction manual is a few pieces of paper
- Parts and pieces look different compared to other kits along with a different engine mount design
Out of the box, the Mud Skipper kit did not impress. When the kit arrived, the box came crushed. The box was not properly sized to fit the parts that were in it. The box was just too big. The parts moved with ease inside the box, and were wrapped with a cardboard like packing paper. When you went to move the box you could feel the bottom bow.
The shaft came wrapped in a saran wrap type of material. The handle was taped to the shaft and then wrapped along with the shaft. The skeg had cardboard over it to protect it, but when I received it, the skeg was sticking out of the cardboard.
There were some holes in the box and when I got to the hardware bag it had busted open and I am now missing some nuts and washers that I could not find.
Throttle Lever – not on table
Throttle Cable – not visible
Kill Switch not on table
Hardware and Misc. Bag
- Engine Base – to mount engine on
- Transom Bracket – to connect engine to transom
- Coupler Housing – houses the shaft to engine connection
- Adapters – connects inner long tail shaft to engine shaft
- Straight Handle – tiller handle
- Throttle Lever – goes on end of tiller handle to control throttle
- Throttle Cable – connects engine’s throttle control to throttle lever on handle
- Kill Switch – emergency engine shut off
- Props – 8″ & 8.5″
- Hardware and Miscellaneous – bolts,grease fittings, ect…
- Shaft – 100″ shaft
- Coupler Shaft Tool – Used to dis-assemble shaft if an inner part broke
Overview of Onboxing
Overall the Mud Skipper kit gave me a bitter first taste. The box was too large and came crushed when I received the package, I had an open bag that had missing pieces of hardware, and I had a few holes punched in the box. I paid around $60 for shipping, and the box size could have been smaller to save on some of that shipping cost.
If you received this Mud Skipper kit and this is how it showed up to you, you may not think much of it, but since I have the competitors kits to compare it too, I would be, and I am, a little disappointed. You most likely spent a little over $450 for this kit. This is the cheapest kit, but $450 is still a good chunk of change and the other kits are only $100 more. Mud Skipper can and should improve on their packing along with other things that will be covered later on.
I’m keeping these unboxing fairly short because its the beginning and its not too interesting compared to what is happening in the future. The comparison articles are up next and will be jammed packed full of information on these kits and will be much longer. Let me know if you like the layout of this article and if it is easy to read and understand! It would help other readers out and help me improve my website. Thank you for being apart of this adventure and I hope to see you on the next video and article!
Beaver Dam Mud Runners – CLP
- Most expensive kit at $549 + shipping
Swamp Runner Mud Motors – SPS
- Middle Price kit at $499 + shipping