I see you live in Louisiana. Been fishing around here for 45 years. If you have the grass (hydrilla) you better get the minn kota. You'll wear the lift ropes off the motorguide picking it up clearing the prop. Can't tell you why, the mg doesn't like the heavy grass. (I'm sure that'll commit will get a rise out some folks) but its still true. The composite shaft can be cracked, I had a friend crack his. But his was the only one I know that did and I know a bunch of people that have them. They're both good motors, but the mk has the edge!