Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby Daniel Altman » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:38 am

Not sure if this was mentioned or not:

Make sure the fuel cap is secure! It WILL damage the prop. Trust me on this one.
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Postby Whitebear » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:45 am

Its good to have a chain on that fuel cap if you can find one that is set up for it.

Same for radiator caps and oil caps.

Baseball caps seem to go through regular
enough and don't do as much damage LOL !
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Postby Blownaway540 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:31 pm

Tell passengers to ALWAYS hold on , never know what you might hit, but, as said earlier, let go if rolling over.
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Postby Cowboy Rock » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:53 pm

A Stetson cant hold up to going thru the prop,,, Right hand on stetson,,,

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Postby cummins diesel power » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:54 pm

Richard Perdue wrote:Learn to control Your boat in skiny water when there is nothing around you or you will hit it. I leared the HARD WAY.


same here. I remember bumping that tree very first trip out. :shock:
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Postby radtech » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:27 pm

nomad41 wrote:I will second not unhooking your boat before your at the water.I bet Carpshooter from Ohio will agree.This was him trying to launch at the Bud ride.Dropped the boat at the top of the ramp. :shock:
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This should be put in the common sense section at the beginning. The boat is A** heavy. If you're launching it on a very steep ramp, its gonna come off. I think there should definitely be a short common sense section that new boaters can read and get into their head right off.
.....being a relatively new boater (less than a year), I may not have the experience to talk, but sounds like a good idea to me. lol

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Postby radtech » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:35 pm

Ruagatr wrote:I have launched my boat so many times, if one of my sons or guests is not there, I run the rope over the tailgate of my truck, and tap the brake and pop out and grab the line before it snakes out...but not recommended for most. LOL.

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Not really "do and dont" material. Just had to put in my 2 cents. How do u airboat alone. I cant unlock my back gate to get my boat without at least 2 others wanting to go. I always have someone to hold the bow rope while I drop it and go park. lol

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Postby surfer_mlt » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:22 pm

Also research the laws of the area you are planning on riding. Know the curfews and and where you can and cant ride. Some places like Chassahowitzka require a federal permit (free and easy to get) before you ride there.
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Postby FinalNotice17 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:48 pm

Here's one if you're coming up to a tight over grown trail,it's a good practice to shut down motor to listen for other boats coming down trail at other end.it's definately not fun going grass rake to grass rake with another boat.
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Postby Uhairball » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:41 am

Here is good one for newbies.. If the wind is blowing 20-30 mph, you should probably not go out boating. Nothing like a big gust of
wind when you are trying to make a tight turn to screw you up. Not to mention the chance of the boat getting flipped by the wind...

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Postby SafetyFirst » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:26 pm

I plan on being a regular "contributor" to the Safety Site now that it is up and running and hope to be able to provide some good answers to any airboater out there with safefty questions. Several years ago, as I was writing the Department of Interior Airboat Operator Certification Course, I put together what I refer to as a "PRE-FLIGHT SAFETY INSPECTION". I will be sharing that with the group in the near future. It looks like many of you have already hit (no pun) some of the items already on this list.

I was bitten by the Airboat Bug over 40 years ago and built my first Airboat before I had ever ridden in one. I've learned some valuable "life lessons" and many do's and don'ts during my life. I'm hoping to pass along some of these "lessons" to anyone interested. I'll be posting comments on Thursday nights and as often as I can!
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby ashley1 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:15 am

Really can help me. Thanks for posting this handbook.
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Postby papajack » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:45 pm

Bump

Thanks, learning more each day on SA.

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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby DanK » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:51 pm

Please be respectful to all boaters!! No one likes to be side swiped by another boat, or almost put on the bottom due to a airboat killin wake!!! I love both my boats { air boat and bass boat } I have been treated like crap by both airboaters and bassboaters and it sucks to have grown people who love what you love treat you like crap because your on a different kind of boat.. theres been many but the worst was on Lake Hatchneha. My wife and Blind son were with me on our bass boat and we were just past the hour glass and a A/boat came around the outside of the weed line 200 yds from me and came straight at us, when the guy was about 30 yds from me I stood up waved my arms and screamed what the H#!! are you doing and as soon as he got beside us he kicked the boat to the right NOW the back of his boat is about 20-30 ft from us and he hammers it and we were soaked!! and he BLEW everything that was laid out off the boat and in the water and my blind son was scared to death he also has grandma seizures and I know I'm not the only one.... Maybe, If we lead by example the others will follow..

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Postby cntry141iq » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:07 pm

thats when you throw a rope at his prop .. with a window weight on the end of it ...
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby papajack » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:17 pm

Just put the rope and weight in my boat, can't wait for the next tourney at okee tanee!!!

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Postby JO-JO » Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:07 am

This information is great and would make a good pamplet for all of us to go by, my biggest concern has always been life jackets, everyone on my boat is required to wear a self inflating belt PFD while on the boat, I have seen a lot of people dragged off the bottom even though they had life jackets on board their boats.

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Postby gso480jr » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:38 pm

cntry141iq wrote:thats when you throw a rope at his prop .. with a window weight on the end of it ...

that's a good one cntry. i'll bet only a few ole timers on SA knows what a window weight looks like. lol

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Postby cntry141iq » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:54 pm

LOL yeah I was gonna callem sash weights but I knew that would throwem a curve for sure.
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Postby kriscad » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:14 am

great post for a new boat owner! Thanks
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Postby mdelaney » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:11 am

Whitebear,
I would love to pay for this in a laminated card form. I have a 15 year old who is starting to go out by herself for short rides. Would make her use it and carry it at all times!!!

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Postby HALEXP10 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:39 am

great post, thanks from a new guy
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Postby Southern Predator » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:18 am

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Postby Whitebear » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:03 pm

mdelaney wrote:Whitebear,
I would love to pay for this in a laminated card form. I have a 15 year old who is starting to go out by herself for short rides. Would make her use it and carry it at all times!!!


I think that is a noble use for the thread. Might give Rick a PM and ask if its ok for personal use. Once ya got his ok, print away. If it saves one kid from a bad situation I say its done its job. Office depot can laminate and print for you on heavy card stock. You can buy the card stock and print it your self too and have them full page or half page laminate it.
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby Ruagatr » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:00 pm

I sure wish this was a stickie....I started it just for this purpose. C3


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