I'm thinking of purchasing a mud motor, and have a few questions for those of you who own one and use one on Lake St. Clair: The boat I'll be using is a Lowe 1448 weighing 260 lbs. The motors I'm looking at are 14 and 18 HP surface drive mudbuddy hyperlite minis. 1. I've heard that any size mud motor will get through the shallows on plane, but a larger motor is needed to "dig you out" when stopped or going slow. Does it make a big difference when trying to get through super shallow water from a stopped position or slowly? Should I lean toward an 18 for that reason? Usually only hunting 2-3 guys and small amounts of gear. 2. Has anyone run a mud buddy surface drive in shallow, hard sand bottoms so common in the bays of St. Clair? Can they get through sand like I see them get through mud? Does it tear up the motor? 3. I was told that the super heavy duty props that come with this motor (stainless steel manufactured by Mercury) are extremely tough. Has anyone ever tore up a prop running in our conditions? A buddy in Wisconsin says the props are almost indestructible, and he has 30 years experience. 4. Has anyone ever had their mudbuddy serviced by Freeway Sports here in Michigan? What's your thoughts? Thanks for any info.