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Riding in South Florida

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:59 pm
by Batemaster
Been reading the forums for a few years now and finally got into an airboat with a buddy of mine. Small 12' fiberglass starter boat with a Lycoming O-290. Trying to get a little info on where to ride down here that's legal. Haven't checked to see if Stair Steps is open for airboating again and I need to get the permit regardless. Driving west I have seen a few public boat ramps north of 41 just west of the casino. Are these accessible year round? Seen one ramp leading to 3B and I believe 2-3 leading north into 3A South. In regards to hunting is it allowed in 3A or 3B? Thanks for the help.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:56 pm
by digginfool
As far as riding off of 41, most people put in at the microwave tower just past the village, at the bend. Beautiful riding in that part of 3A. You can also head to 2A for a change of pace. Just put in at Sawgrass Recreation off 27 or at the Stub Canal 3 miles further up the road. Good riding, mostly known for its camps and friendly people. As far as the Stair Steps, its my understanding that was closed a long time ago.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:18 am
by Gary S
The ramps north of the trail are open. Hunting by permit. Riding have fun, water is going away fast. Airboat club on south side of 41 is having a poker run this weekend. Corned beef and cabbage that is next to none. Good place to meet new people.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:37 am
by Batemaster
Thanks for the replies I can't wait to get out on the water, and I am going to look into joining the AAOF.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:09 am
by Cherpa
Batemaster, go on our web-page... www.AAOF.com

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:35 pm
by lilly-Pad
Batemaster welcome to the addiction. You can look on the FWC site to see what U are allowed to hunt in 3A and 3B. Not sure what Ur experience level is but the poker run tomorrow will be a lot of fun and some great food and people. If you could make it with or with out a boat, it is a great time ( family friendly event). The AAOF is great club full of very knowledge full and help full folks. I U want to get out and ride some north of 41 sometime while water is still there let me know be glad to show around some :thumbleft:

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:59 pm
by Batemaster
Cherpa wrote:Batemaster, go on our web-page... http://www.AAOF.com


I will check it out tonight. Thanks!

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:05 pm
by Batemaster
lilly-Pad wrote:Batemaster welcome to the addiction. You can look on the FWC site to see what U are allowed to hunt in 3A and 3B. Not sure what Ur experience level is but the poker run tomorrow will be a lot of fun and some great food and people. If you could make it with or with out a boat, it is a great time ( family friendly event). The AAOF is great club full of very knowledge full and help full folks. I U want to get out and ride some north of 41 sometime while water is still there let me know be glad to show around some :thumbleft:


I appreciate the offer and will take you up on it for sure as soon as we get the boat and trailer prepped and ready. Finishing some touch ups on the boat and freshening up the trailer it came with. Unfortunately I work tomorrow 24 hours so I won't be able to make it but I saw a BBQ I am going to try and attend. I am a green airboater but my friend and coworkers have some experience I have been soaking in.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:34 pm
by Batemaster
Quick question but where are you all getting your AV gas down here in Miami?

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:10 pm
by BATTLE READY
US 27 and Sheridan St

North Perry Airport

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:35 am
by Gary S
Batemaster wrote:Quick question but where are you all getting your AV gas down here in Miami?


Homestead airport. Roberts air.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:34 am
by lilly-Pad
Batemaster wrote:Quick question but where are you all getting your AV gas down here in Miami?


Like Gary said Homestead airport I also use Tamiami airport their self serve is open 24 hrs. you could also fill up on 41 at the micco gas station but it's little more $

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:14 pm
by Batemaster
Thanks guys. How was the ride yesterday?

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:34 pm
by dgc
Nice ride at the AAOF corn beef and cabbage yesterday Saturday. We had great weather and a Beatiful day with some nice riding.

If you missed our St Pattys poker run with corn beef and cabbage, make sure to try and make it to the annual bbq in April.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:35 pm
by Batemaster
I am going to make it to the BBQ for sure with or without the boat.

Does anyone have a mechanic in Miami Dade they can recommend to give the motor a good look? Preferably someone with knowledge of aircraft motors.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:09 pm
by glades cat
Gus is our go-to guy. Great mechanic and person.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:34 pm
by Batemaster
glades cat wrote:Gus is our go-to guy. Great mechanic and person.


Is Gus in Cutler Ridge by any chance? If so we are close. Would you happen to have his contact information?

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:18 pm
by glades cat
Yes. PM sent.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:11 am
by zola049
lilly-Pad wrote:
Batemaster wrote:Quick question but where are you all getting your AV gas down here in Miami?


Like Gary said Homestead airport I also use Tamiami airport their self serve is open 24 hrs. you could also fill up on 41 at the micco gas station but it's little more $


What's the price difference?

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:18 am
by lilly-Pad
not sure the exact amount but its only spot for miles around and on the way to ramp so its convenient.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:48 am
by Cherpa
Tamiami $4.75
or try this...

https://www.airnav.com/fuel/local.html

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:17 am
by zola049
Cool thanks. I actually looked at that earlier but was wondering the miccosukee price more than anything since I didn't see it on there.

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:55 pm
by John Fenner
Micco is usually a dollar more than Sunoco on 27

Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:55 pm
by Batemaster
Finally got a chance to get the boat on the water. Overall went well but did notice a few things that need work. Idles rough but runs fine once you give it gas. Oil cooler gauge not working. 2 of the blades on the prop are missing the ~12" metal piece at the end. Other than that ran pretty good. Don't really want to mess with the prop myself so if anyone has any recommendations they're definitely appreciated. Going to contact Gus this week to see if he can have a look and let me know what he thinks.

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Re: Riding in South Florida

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:09 pm
by Scotty1
:rebel: I would not run that boat like that those blades should be balanced or weigh the same. you should send them back to the manufacture and have them reworked. :rebel: