With a name like Swamp Shark, it has to be cool, right? Well, it is. Especially when it’s motivated by an LS engine. The new boat propulsion system from Louisiana-based companies Metal Shark and Angelle Development, LLC can travel quickly and reliably through almost any water environment.
Origins and Capabilities
The Swamp Shark was originally designed to enable fisherman and hunters to reach the shallow backwaters of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. Its creators quickly realized, though, that it could have military and commercial uses as well.
The system can propel a boat through a variety of conditions, including shallow water, rivers and mud flats. It’s designed to work even in water with dense vegetation, lots of debris or mud. It can also withstand impact with obstacles such as tree trunks and lifts up the propeller upon impact so that it isn’t damaged.
The swamp shark features a machined-steel surface drive cut with a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router, internal and external stabilizing hydraulics as well as a patent-pending internal cooling system.
The cooling system is completely contained with nothing on the bottom on the boat that could get in the way when traversing shallow or debris-filled waters and doesn’t require any outside water.
It also has hydraulic power trim and steering and a stainless steel surface-piercing propeller that enables it to cut through debris and vegetation.
Current swamp shark configurations work with up to 550 propshaft horsepower and 1,250 lb-ft of torque. It’s available in several sizes and can fit a variety of gas and diesel-powered vessels. However, the boat in the video is powered by an LS, which is obviously our preferred combination and sounds fantastic barking through the Louisiana swamp.
Where to Find the Swamp Shark
Metal Shark Boats is a leading supplier of boats to law enforcement and the United States military. So, if you happen to see a police or military boat with a new drive, it could be the Swamp Shark.
It might be hard to tell if it is though, because a lot of what the drive does goes on behind the scenes, which makes for a smooth ride. But if you see that boat effortlessly cutting through vegetation, debris, shallow water and mud, it very well could be the Swamp Shark.