Originally Posted by 2tomcat2
Agree with MNichols, the motor is great in windy conditions, pushing lots of boats etc.
If water levels drop below 10K, or if you just want to protect your prop, consider installing a prop guard.
Have a wonderful time!
I've run a couple of different prop guards over the years, each and every one either failed, or interfered with the prop at some point, one circular one I used caught a small rock between it and the prop, broke one of the blades on the prop!.
Now days, I just disable the motor lock down feature on the motor (used mainly to keep the motor from coming up out of the water in reverse, something I don't need with a raft) which allows the motor to kick up should it hit a rock or the bottom.
It can be hard on the prop though, but any competent welding and fab shop can rebuild and balance a low HP outboard prop. I ALWAYS carry a spare prop and shear pin though. To me anyway, is part of the cost of using a motor.
At the levels you'll likely have, this shouldn't be an issue, just remember the depth in the rivers runs to the outside of the curves