"Now hold on a minute, boy," Thibodaux says, sporting a Cheshire Cat grin. With that he hits the trim, burying what looks like an industrial-strength surface drive with an oddly designed ventilation plate into the dense brown soup. He nudges the craft into reverse-nothing. Then the boat slowly starts to ease itself backward, literally digging a hole. Miraculously, water begins to slowly seep in around the prop. The process continues until we've dug a trench about the length of the boat. Thibodaux shifts into forward, and with a punch of the throttle, we're up and out, skidding across the mud with a rooster tail of muck spewing from the prop as the speedometer nears 25 mph. The Super Mud Boat lives to float another day.