Sorry to high jack your post but I was wondering how well the mud boats with 21" sides handled rough water. Like texoma,Sam Rayburn rough. 3 ft. swells?
Very well actually, even with 3-4 people you can run some pretty big water in 20 mph winds if you wanted to. I fish from mine a lot in the spring and summer too, especially the past year with the lake level so low.
I spent about $2600 to repair the lower unit on my Champion bass boat in March due to a low water impact so I started using my Gatortrax to fish out of more in the timber and shallow flats.
Hopedale, not all our lakes are hard bottom, actually a lot of the hunting areas will be silted in, creek channels, or veggies.
I do not recommend mud motors though, too many of them around already.