The Vanguard engine used regularly by the Daybreak Outdoors crew is the Vanguard BIG BLOCK™ 40 Gross HP* marine engine that powers the Gator-Tail GTR40XD-EFI mud motor. It’s one of six motor options offered by Gator-Tail.
“When we got the 40 HP*, we were just absolutely blown away,” says Martin. “We also liked that Vanguard comes with a three-year warranty**. It shows you that they stick behind their motors.”
The Vanguard 40 HP* marine engine, along with the other Vanguard V-Twin engines, are designed with debris and air management features for durability and an efficient oil system that increases the life of the engine and oil change intervals. They also come with a three-year commercial limited warranty**, to give an extra guarantee of product protection.
Gator-Tail and Briggs & Stratton have had a strong partnership for years, working together to make motors like the GTR40XD-EFI motor for folks like Martin to rely on for their sport.
“As long as we've been using Gator-Tail, it's had the Vanguard engine on it,” says Martin. “One of the things that definitely sticks out to us is how much power Vanguard engines have as opposed to competitors. Not many times can you load up five guys in a boat full of gear, dogs, decoys, all that kind of stuff and still plane off.”
The success of the partnership between the two brands is also evident to end users and advocates of the products, like Martin. Not only does he value the partnership he has with them, but he can see the value that is created by Vanguard and Gator-Tail working together.
“I think that Vanguard engines are a perfect fit for Gator-Tail because both believe in outdoorsmen and share the same vision and purpose,” says Martin. “Gator-Tail doesn't cut any corners when it comes to making a machine that will go through practically anything, so everything they make and every option they put on the engine after the motor's sent to them, makes so much sense to a waterfowler.”