Hey all, I have little knowledge of surface drive motors. I live just a couple miles from both the Shell Rock and Cedar Rivers. We catch quite a few fish in the spring and fall but I'm looking for an option to be able too fish all year long. I've recently been in touch with the guys at SW marine in palo. Of course they want me to buy one of their boats and say a surface drive is exactly what I need. I'm looking at an Excel 1854 with a 40hp mud buddy or gator tail. If anyone has any experience with a surface drive I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks in advance!