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by bigkavr
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Ice boat stuck
Replies: 26
Views: 4716

Re: Ice boat stuck

Putz, Great advice from our northern airboaters!! What you're describing is something that happens more so during freeze up than other time. But it can happen any time in the winter... One thing to remember is that your hull is going to be the same temp as the air. When you break through the ice and...
by bigkavr
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Brake design ideas?
Replies: 26
Views: 2722

Re: Brake design ideas?

Canuk, Would strongly advise that you don't utilize a "brake" on your airboat for stopping on ice. I can guarantee that if you do utilize said brake on ice, you WILL at some point rip the brake out of the transom or even rip the transom off the hull. Not if, but when.... Think of the forces applied ...
by bigkavr
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Airboat for humanitarian work
Replies: 6
Views: 1058

Re: Airboat for humanitarian work

Sir, Everything you're looking for is readily available from American Airboat Corp. in Orange TX. There are many other airboat manufacturers on this site that could also help you, but I work with American and know firsthand what they are capable of. We sent 6 airboats over to Iraq (in shipping conta...
by bigkavr
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Are there any rescue boat crew members here?
Replies: 12
Views: 1749

Re: Are there any rescue boat crew members here?

Airboat Training Dec 2010_07.JPG Who, me?? filetnrelease, we utilize belt drives because of the temperature extremes the airboat may go through. It's not uncommon for my airboat (in winter) to operate in way below zero temps one day, then a few days later, it's over 40 degrees. Gear drives have a t...
by bigkavr
Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Are there any rescue boat crew members here?
Replies: 12
Views: 1749

Re: Are there any rescue boat crew members here?

That airboat sure is a pretty shade of LIPSTICK RED there Sniper.... :lol: :lol: :lol:
by bigkavr
Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: wood prop to carbon fiber?
Replies: 10
Views: 1437

Re: wood prop to carbon fiber?

I would strongly suggest you put the wooden prop on your wall as a nice conversation piece and get a nice carbon fiber one. Wooden props, age and cold weather can be a very dangerous combination. With all the dynamic loads that can be placed on a prop, and then add freezing temps and mix in a ice ch...
by bigkavr
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Are there any rescue boat crew members here?
Replies: 12
Views: 1749

Re: Are there any rescue boat crew members here?

This may help a little. The number one thing to remember in any airboat rescue is this; the patient must never be strapped to the airboat ! Also, the patient must be able to "fend for themselves" in the even the airboat goes down. If we're transporting a patient\victim in a rescue basket, then eithe...
by bigkavr
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New to air boats
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

Re: New to air boats

Merwin, I live just south of you in NW Ohio. PM me and I'll give you the lowdown on what works and what doesn't in the Northern environment.. As soon as you said ICE, the price just went up for your airboat. I guarantee that if you try to cut corners on what you buy, it will come back to haunt you. ...
by bigkavr
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Body Search
Replies: 12
Views: 2407

Re: Body Search

Way to go Wingman!! :cheers:

The LIPSTICK RED looks great too... :lol:
by bigkavr
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Insurance Renewal Time
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Re: Insurance Renewal Time

Well Guys, I think my recent issue with Markel can top the stupidity factor of the insurance company. I too had to fill out the survey and send in photos and guess what? They denied me coverage! Why, you might ask? Because I had Search and Rescue stickers on my airboat!!! That's right, the search an...
by bigkavr
Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: PainterChic ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2309

Re: PainterChic ?

Now that Gnome is funny, I don't care what anyone says....
Go girl, gnome, er Tonia... :D
by bigkavr
Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Seat belts on airboats... Why not??
Replies: 42
Views: 4472

Re: Seat belts on airboats... Why not??

Bob, I agree with you 100% for the situation on your river.. If it works, use it. My white paper was aimed at the rescue industry and specifically the USCG. They wanted seatbelts on their airboats since all their other "boats" utilized them. They didn't have any personnel injuries UNTIL they install...
by bigkavr
Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Seat belts on airboats... Why not??
Replies: 42
Views: 4472

Re: Seat belts on airboats... Why not??

Here is a white paper I wrote for the USCG a few years back. This is intended for rescue airboat operations.. Hope this gives a little insight to the topic.. Airboats and seatbelts; where airboat procedures and perceived safety clash together. At first glance by anyone who’s familiar with motor vehi...
by bigkavr
Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Requesting input for specific built airboat
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Re: Requesting input for specific built airboat

Mustangman, I would strongly recommend that you contact Faron at American Airboat Corp. http://www.americanairboats.com/. Everything you're asking for is readily available from American, and their airboats have been severely tested in Northern Canada and Alaska environments. The MAST 550HP engine th...
by bigkavr
Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Airboat Safety
Topic: Airboats and ice question
Replies: 6
Views: 4191

Re: Airboats and ice question

Bigler, Congrats on the airboat. :cheers: As far as airboats and ice, it can be a great time, OR, a devastating one. It depends a lot on the type of airboat and operator training/skills. In your case, fiberglass hulls and ice DO NOT MIX. It can be done (operating fiberglass on ice) but it'll only ta...
by bigkavr
Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Asking the SA members for some help! I need votes!!!
Replies: 270
Views: 30023

Re: Asking the SA members for some help! I need votes!!!

522...... :cheers: Dang, I'm typing my little hoofies to the quick......
B.
by bigkavr
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Asking the SA members for some help! I need votes!!!
Replies: 270
Views: 30023

Re: Asking the SA members for some help! I need votes!!!

WhoooHoooo, I'm number 91..... :cheers:
B.
by bigkavr
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Alaska Airboaters
Topic: running airboat during freeze up
Replies: 13
Views: 5887

Re: running airboat during freeze up

50 mile, greetings. First off, there is no cut and dried answer to your question, but, by understanding the physics involved between the airboat hull and the snow,ice,slush surface, you’ll have a better idea of what could (or probably will) happen… Also, everything I’m telling you pertain to an airb...
by bigkavr
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Need to find a 12v strobe
Replies: 8
Views: 1433

Re: Need to find a 12v strobe

Rooster,

Code-3 Hide-A-Strobe works great for the application your talking about. The light is 1" diameter and has it's own programmable box.
B.
by bigkavr
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Texas Airboaters
Topic: Recent Build pictures
Replies: 15
Views: 3863

Re: Recent Build pictures

WOW! Looking good Faron.
by bigkavr
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: Painterchic bought an Engine... now I need help!!!!
Replies: 1152
Views: 69937

Re: Painterchic bought an Engine... now I need help!!!!

Hey PC, I just gotta ask.. Short legs, taaaalll seat stand, how DO you get up there? :lol: Seriously kid, looking great! How about instead of paintballs to "paint" the hull, we use paint balloons? we could do it while you motor by at around 10 mph...... Ohhh the fun..... :lol: :lol: Love ya. B.

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