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We are excited to announce that SW Marine and Kennedy Marine have joined forces! All business will continue to be conducted at SW Marine's current location.

110 Freese Court, Palo, Iowa 52324

Our combined staff and technicians will continue to provide our customers with the expert service they have come to expect. Please feel free to stop out and visit our shop and see both some new AND familiar faces.

SW Marine, formally Shallow Water Marine, is your one stop shop for all things boating. From new and pre-owned boats to accessories and everything in between, we are the number one choice in quality and great service. Call or visit us today!

New and Pre-Owned Boats and Outboards!

We have a large selection of quality fishing, hunting or recreation boats and outboards. All kinds of styles and brands to choose from. Come see our selection today!

Get back on the water in no time!

Our factory trained technicians can service Yamaha and Mercury outboards, as well as MerCruiser stern drives. Our custom fabrication includes duckblinds, accessories and aluminum welding.

Find quality surface drives and mud boats!

Fishing or hunting shallow water? We've been running shallow water rigs for 10 years. We are on the water each season extensively testing our equipment. Let us help you put together the surface drive, tunnel hull or jet package that best suits your individual needs. Call or stop in today!


Shawn and Smitty duck hunting



Lund, Alweld, Excel, Mercury, Yamaha, Mud Buddy, Gator Tail


I am an avid outdoorsman who has dealt with many businesses over the years, but I have never dealt with a better group of people than those at SW Marine!  Everyone there is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

I have found them to be very prompt when it comes to service, better than any other marine dealer in the area!  Although they are a Yamaha dealer, they have been able to work on any kind of motor I have brought in, including an Evinrude, Suzuki and most recently they rebuilt a 200 Mercury motor on a 1996 Ranger bass boat that I just purchased.

Shawn (the owner) has a vast knowledge of fishing and waterfowl hunting, and can help you find the right equipment for your needs.  I have been extremely impressed by his expertise.  Smitty does their fabrication work and helped modify my duckboat trailer to make it so much easier to load and off-load.  Marv has over 30 years’ experience working on boat motors, and has an amazing ability to diagnose a problem quickly.   Emily manages the guys and the office, and also has good knowledge of their products.

SW Marine’s service and integrity is second to none and I will always recommend this group of people to anyone who is looking for a new boat, motor, or trailer, or who is looking for a great place for service!

Rob Sirowy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 2014

Owner Fishing

Mark and I could not be happier with the blind/boat combo you set up for us. We have really liked the flexibility of the “teal” blind and how it allows for easier maneuverability when under power, but gives you most of the features of a hard side when set up.

David Bunker, Ames, IA, Sept. 2013

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Shawn and Smitty.... Just thought I'd send you a couple of pics of the Gator Tail. Love'N it !!Biggest frustration with it is just keeping Kyle in his own Gator Tail and staying out of mine. He obviously loves the Power Poles. Was definitely worth the addition. Also makes for a great conversation piece. Obviously gets a lot of attention both at the landing and out on the water! Thanks for getting this package put together for us. Putting it to good use!

Bob Kleinschmidt, Trempealeau, WI, July 2013

Gator Tail Boat

I have lived in 2 different countries and 5 different states and I don't think I have ever done business with a better group of people. You guy's went out of your way to make sure I got more than my money's worth.  After viewing your website I realize you guys are serious duck hunters but I would like to take you back home with me to Arkansas for the real opening day."1st sat. in sept", OPENING DAY OF DOVE SEASON!!!!!!   Shawn, Smitty, and Skinny Wayne, You guys went all out to make me a happy customer when you could have been making a hell of a lot more money working on the projects in the shop you already had started.   If I ever make a extra dollar, I am spending it at SW Marine.

Butch Faulk

Working with Shawn and SW Marine was a great experience from beginning to end. I approached Shawn in May of 2007 wanting to open up my opportunities for duck hunting in shallow water environments. After nearly a year of discussion and many different options quoted and analyzed Shawn guided me into a boat motor and blind that fulfilled my needs to hunt both big water and shallow water environments. I ended up with a 1756 Alweld boat 35 HP Gatortail motor with reverse and a custom designed Teal blind. Without Shawn's guidance and patience I would likely have made mistakes in the design and product choice. I hunted out of my new rig throughout the 2008 season and it lived up to everything Shawn said it would. Shawn can be trusted to steer you in the right direction and he knows the game very well when it comes to hunting out of and designing duck boats. You may not always like what he tells you be he will give you advice that is your best interest!

Paul Schultz, Olathe, KS

Last year I was shopping for a mud motor when a friend recommended SW Marine in Palo, IA.  I ended up buying a new Alweld flat bottom and a used Gator Tail motor.  I stored the motor over the winter and didn’t start or even put any stabil in the motor.  Nearly a year later I mounted the motor and it started so fast that it scared me.  The crew at SW Marine helped me put my boat and motor together and have taken many of my phone calls for advice.  Several times they have talked me out of more expensive equipment for something they knew would serve my needs better.  What impressed me is that the crew at SW Marine not only sells the best equipment but they use it when they hunt or fish.  If you’re looking for the best surface drive motors and boats look no further than SW Marine, anywhere else will be a waste of your time.

Pete Streets, Wyoming, IA



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