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My Next Airboat

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:02 pm
by airduds
Have to have 2 up and 3 down. Run only (mostly deep but the hill too) salt water. Going back to fiberglass and not car motor. I want to putt-putt over the dry stuff with no drama. Help me spec out my dream boat.

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:38 pm
by OneBFC
5 person AC boat that lives in salt water and needs to run dry and I assume cope with oysters occasionally?

Sounds like a GSO build to me. Maybe just a GO, but 5 people is a good bit of weight with a thick poly bottom too and high sides for open water.

This is pretty interesting requirements to me. I look forward to seeing what everyone recommends.

Hope you get more input on it!

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:57 pm
by kwanjangnihm
airduds wrote: Going back to fiberglass and not car motor

:salute: thats what I'm talkin bout bro!! :salute:
:rebel:

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:38 pm
by Deano
Sounds to me like your describing a 16' Marty Bray, 3/8 Poly and the biggest AC motor you can stand.
If you're not familiar with Swamphunter45's boat, you should check it out. (boat not drivetrain)

I you were not talking new, and you could find a 15' Rivermaster like I have, that
would be an excellent choice as well. Not coincidently, that is almost the same difference.

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:53 pm
by tampabayairboat
I run salt all the time and Alumitech built me an awesome boat. The 18' AGI hull rides incredible 3/4 deck over with a GM 376 FI 525hp. Runs dry no problem with a load and handles a heavy chop very well. 25 years airboating and 4 airboats later, I feel like a have the perfect combination for my needs.

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:02 pm
by airduds
I want the rankest horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine I can get. Don't care how much of what kind of fuel it burns except I don't want to have to mix stuff. Only requirement is being able to run in a couple of minutes. Rather not spray it but won't rule it out. Maybe twin-turbo either one on each bank or two compounded. Just want something that will scald a dog and be just a little different.

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:06 pm
by airduds
tampabayairboat wrote:I run salt all the time and Alumitech built me an awesome boat. The 18' AGI hull rides incredible 3/4 deck over with a GM 376 FI 525hp. Runs dry no problem with a load and handles a heavy chop very well. 25 years airboating and 4 airboats later, I feel like a have the perfect combination for my needs.
BTDT. Wanting to do something a little different. I had a gorgeous BBC 18' Alumitech. Only 18 yrs and 4 airboats here. :usa:

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:46 pm
by 406 JAMIE
if u really want to get off ur meds lmao go with gso 540 wide deck angle valave or like what drown water dave runs a 8cycl lycoming what a beast.i think those r 720ci and u would not have any problem but FUEL lmao runing dry fully loaded and then some lol lol. :rebel: :rebel:

Re: My Next Airboat

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:44 am
by airduds
Well, wife pushing back on the new build. She's probably right but what the hay. I don't care to go fast I just want to show my grandsons some fun. Have 3 aged 6 and under with a new one due next month.