I don't have any first-hand experience Jr., but I have heard quite a bit about them online. Apparently the 2 main issues with them are that they run an aluminum prop which can get chewed up pretty quickly depending on where you run it, and they also incorporate plastic bushings on the lower end. I'm not sure if that's an issue or not but I would personally have a hard time trusting it. No cavitation plate would worry me too, but like I said I haven't run one personally. My .02 would be to pay a bit more and stick with a sturdier frame that's built for duck hunting, to handle marsh conditions.