War eagle gladiator review
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Author:  jellis [ Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:06 am ]
Post subject:  War eagle gladiator review

I recently purchased a new war eagle gladiator 750 with mud buddy 40 hdr last week. I tried to find some reviews but they were slim so I thought I would offer mine. I know the war eagles don’t get much love on MMT. It does exactly what I need it to do and that is to hunt ms river and flooded backwater where vegetation and debris is my main concern, not driving across mud flat.

I’m only a few hours into breaking in the motor but the MB 40 has the 3 blade raptor prop and runs strong. I could run 31-32 mph with me and dog and best I bumped was 33. Two guys and two dogs (600 lbs total) it did 28-29. I still need to finish breaking in the motor and find the sweet spots on trim and load but so far very happy.

The boat handles well and will turn on a dime. The mod v front handles some ms river chop well and the boat felt safe. The front storage is limited but it did fit 4 life jackets, throwable, and fire extinguisher. Duck bill is nice for flooded timber and it cut through some flooded willow tops like butter.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Author:  Gigafowl [ Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: War eagle gladiator review

Appears to be purpose built for outboard / MM combo use....

The duckbill nose design seems built for fishing / dragging the boat....

I assume yours is the 17.4" x 50" with 70" beam shown here...

Does the Mod V go back very far ???

Author:  Gigafowl [ Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: War eagle gladiator review

What made you choose the 750 over the 848L DV - an 18.6" x 48" with 67" beam ???

Even War Eagle appears to say it runs the shallowest and it has Mod V bow too and 21" sides...
Looks to be a full length Mod V hull though...

"With the extended length the 848LDV planes faster by reducing bow lift, thereby enabling you to operate in shallower water conditions. This model is most often equipped with pods, a mud motor and a mud motor hand rail. Whether you are trying to get through a mud flat, a shallow stream or across a rice field, the 848 will take you closer to the game."

Author:  jellis [ Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: War eagle gladiator review

Yes, that is it. The gladiator has taller sides and I cross the ms river often so I liked that. I liked the pods and 1848 doesn’t have them. I previously owned a 754 war eagle with outboard and had a custom built duck blind and bow fishing platform made for it. The gladiator had close enough measurements that I could use my previous investments. Mod v goes back about halfway but back still doesn’t appear to be truely flat.

It was quick to plane and the mod v broke some barge wakes fairly well but I did notice the flatter bottom when I was going from one wake to the next. I’ve experienced a go devil 1660 in exact same conditions and that boat was much much rougher.

Other boats may have been better but this one fit my needs and most importantly my budget.

Author:  Gigafowl [ Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: War eagle gladiator review

So 2" taller sides - flatter bottom - rear pods standard & gun box....

Makes Sense.... So does the USCG approved floatation...

Seems a shame they don't offer a longer version - as the 750 (17x50) seems more
like a 16 foot with bill on front and no forward location for fuel tank and extra battery....

I like fuel in bow to get better rear draft - also I carry 2 x 6 gallon fuel tanks and
dual battery as well....

The outboard option is pretty cool too....

Nice rig !

Author:  OctoberHouses [ Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: War eagle gladiator review

Does the bracing running lateral or have they advanced to longitudinal?

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