Originally Posted by Osseous
Seantana- you want a long shaft for rafts and cats. Buy a brand that people are familiar with. They all eventually need work- so the more popular brands make sense.
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Here is something to think about. If you have a shorter motor, you will likely spend another two hundred dollars or so on a jackass to get it to ride low enough in the water, as to prevent the prop from cavitating. Generally a long shaft will reach without one, but on some boat setups.... it's still necessary. If you plan to put it in a box, that might determine the length of the motor you buy.
So ask yourself where and how you are going to use and store it on the river. Or do you need to store it at all. Example, on Deso I leave it mounted for the whole trip on the back of my cat. On West Water I strap it down on it's side to the frame in case of a flip. I break it out for the flat water at the end.