They should last at least two years under normal use............
The flow is the 1st thing I check when starting out.

Glad that you got it fixed/

Popcorn is doable for medium to small boats, this season.
With big boats a "HIGH" rise truck is needed to back in deeper water to get the boat off the trailer
and keep the tail pipe above the water line, but it can be done with the right setup.

An option would be a set of waders.....................

tight lines.