Airboat Must Haves

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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby :) » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:51 pm

:lol: Wife is good till it starts getting dark!!
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby akblackdawg » Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:24 am

A GUN!!!! What the heck good is a gun going to be if you are stuck in the middle of the swamps. Maybe you figure a man eating gator is coming after you, or a Florida Panther may attack at any moment. Chance are, a gun would be worthless in a survival situation. You can survive a long time with just water and no food. something to purify water or filter it would be much more critical to have. If a gun is necessary, make it a flair gun that would be of great value. Got nothing against guns, I have some myself. Maybe you need to have one to blow out your brains before you get ate alive by one of the varmets or skittas or ants out there. Bud
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Re: Must have gear in boat

Postby papajack » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:02 am

Bump this up to go with similar new thread. Maybe moderator could combine the two???

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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby 12PSI » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:41 am

TOILET PAPER! And yes, a gun.

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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby mojoe » Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:31 pm

Water, Communication device, shelter(tarp/adequate clothing), food(non perishable snacks), knife, lighter, gun.... And all that other stuff. In that order!

First priority is supplies to keep yourself alive and get help. Keep them in something sealed that floats and somewhere that they will "pop up" if the boat suddenly disappears. Secondary is the stuff to salvage the boat. The specific items vary based on geography and weather, but the priorities don't change.

I have sunk a boat in the winter in 15' of water. I had all kinds of goodies and life preservers on board. The only thing that popped up was a cooler. Don't just worry about what you have on board. Pay attention to how you store it. They go down FAST!!!
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby dougeey » Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:41 pm

akblackdawg wrote:A GUN!!!! What the heck good is a gun going to be if you are stuck in the middle of the swamps. Maybe you figure a man eating gator is coming after you, or a Florida Panther may attack at any moment. Chance are, a gun would be worthless in a survival situation. You can survive a long time with just water and no food. something to purify water or filter it would be much more critical to have. If a gun is necessary, make it a flair gun that would be of great value. Got nothing against guns, I have some myself. Maybe you need to have one to blow out your brains before you get ate alive by one of the varmets or skittas or ants out there. Bud

Akblackdawg you have not been around my wife when the skeeters and heat gets to her! :slap: :violent1: The gun will come in handy :toothy7: :toothy7:
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby pontoon outlaw » Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:23 pm

:cheers: my wife with the big flotation devices that are natural :slap: and of course all the other stuff mentioned :lol:

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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby Whitebear » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:15 am

I merged duplicate threads into this one. :thumbleft:
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby digginfool » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:43 am

One other item I would add to this list is a good state of mind. Keep your mind on the task at hand. Everything else can wait until later. Probably wouldn't hurt to have a clear mind as well. Too much alcohol will cloud your mind as well as your judgement and make focusing on the task that much more difficult.
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby CactusJack » Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:54 am

Some spare engine oil and if your sump plug aint safety wired, one of them too..... a spare plug lead long enough for the furthest away plug.
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby Prototype » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:54 pm

It's still hard to believe that there isn't one universal mariner symbol for "first aid" on board?

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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby Debo75 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:21 pm

Prototype wrote:It's still hard to believe that there isn't one universal mariner symbol for "first aid" on board?


Well.... there are a few options out there.
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby Billykid » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:14 am

8) Automatic Rifle and plenty ammo !!!!! :rebel:

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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby Slidin Gator » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:17 pm

There was a recent thread on this, so I'm bumping this one to the top for all.

Being a dog hunter, I keep a small field surgery center with me anyway, so a first aid kit is covered. But I just bought a fresh 3 pack of Life Straws for $26 delivered to the door, so I figured it's worth mentioning. My daughter travels the world and swears by them, she says she sticks them into some nasty looking streams with no issues. One Life Straw weighs a hell of a lot less than the 1-2 gallons a day per person worth of water it will take to walk 3 days out of the marsh.

Add 1-2 of these things to the safety kit and you can literally save weight on the boat by ditching the just in case water (unless you are in salt water)!
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby Mossy Cypress » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:24 am

A good double kayak paddle(can seperate if two people on board) good assortment of tools relevant to your particular boat,zip ties,electrical tape,spare wire/cable,spare electrical connectors,band clamps,small jump box with USB ports, charged cell phone and charger,compass,spare headlight/bulb,gun always on board(signal/food/two,four and no legged protection) siphon/hose,spare oil,bug spray/bug tamer,knife,multitool(needlenose),firestarter,snacks,purification tabs(life straw is a great idea), shovel,dawn dish soap.

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Re: Must have gear in boat

Postby JLP3314 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:04 pm

=":)" I keep a lot of the stuff mentioned plus it's nice to keep a small tarp in the boat.. 10x10 folded and rolled takes up almost no space.. Well worth having in a storm!


Have also heard tales of folks using the same tarp as an emergency glass hull "patch" to get the boat back to the ramp. :shock:

Them dual battery boxes pay for themselves the first time anything draws one down. :wink:
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Re: Must have gear in boat

Postby NorthWestFloridaBoy » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:08 pm

JLP3314 wrote:
=":)" I keep a lot of the stuff mentioned plus it's nice to keep a small tarp in the boat.. 10x10 folded and rolled takes up almost no space.. Well worth having in a storm!


Have also heard tales of folks using the same tarp as an emergency glass hull "patch" to get the boat back to the ramp. :shock:

Them dual battery boxes pay for themselves the first time anything draws one down. :wink:



I have heard several people mention the tarp as a makeshift "patch" to get you back to the ramp. Slide it under the hull, from the front of the boat while you're moving forward in water or on plane and let it feed down to beyond the crack or hole in hull and it will prevent more water from pouring in, allowing you to return to the ramp. In theory anyway..

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Re: Must have gear in boat

Postby lilly-Pad » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:01 am

NorthWestFloridaBoy wrote:
JLP3314 wrote:
=":)" I keep a lot of the stuff mentioned plus it's nice to keep a small tarp in the boat.. 10x10 folded and rolled takes up almost no space.. Well worth having in a storm!


Have also heard tales of folks using the same tarp as an emergency glass hull "patch" to get the boat back to the ramp. :shock:

Them dual battery boxes pay for themselves the first time anything draws one down. :wink:



I have heard several people mention the tarp as a makeshift "patch" to get you back to the ramp. Slide it under the hull, from the front of the boat while you're moving forward in water or on plane and let it feed down to beyond the crack or hole in hull and it will prevent more water from pouring in, allowing you to return to the ramp. In theory anyway..


I have a friend that last week was ridding in a trail minding his own business and was attacked by a family of cypress. One crushed his grass rake and another split his hull down a seam, split ran about 2/3 of his hull. We used a tarp under the boat as you mentioned and got the boat thru the marsh and into the canal to reach the levy road.
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Re: Airboat Must Haves

Postby SWAMPHUNTER45 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:46 am

A tarp and bungies are a definite. Cool story of a tarp save Lilly Pad.


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