Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

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Wow, Exallent Information here. Great for a newbie like me! :toothy7:

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Lotsa good info, thank's
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The current edition of Marsh Rider magazine has an entire section devoted
to all the information in this and the first aid thread.

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If you ride with your dog and he needs to be on a leash...hook it to your beltloop not to the boat
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Don't forget to open fuel tank breather. Loss of engine power means loss of steering. Suddenly we were going sideways at speed with a nearly stopped engine. Scarey stuff.

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Throttle is your friend if you get in trouble dont let off the gas most new people forget this. There is a very good possibility that you will flip if you let of the thottle if the grass or mud catches you in a trail. Also make sure you keep all your rope tied up and away from the prop

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What a great thread !!!!!!!!! Very valuable Information ........Thanks

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Since the objective here is preventing the next guy from committing an OOPS!,
I will add the one thing that I didn't really see expanded on.

There was mention of having a chain on the fuel cap, and it is pretty widely agreed that air cleaner covers deserve the same treatment, but what about everything else that may be taken on or off the engine on a semi-regular basis that is not safety chained?

In this case, I refer to the oil filler cap on the valve cover. Was adding oil one time before going out and the phone rang, so I put down the oil and ran to the house to answer the phone . . . . Fast forward twenty minutes, idled up the river, just got on a plane and 1) BAM!! 2) Shut down 3) run to the bow 4) start doing this :scratch:

After looking around at everything, I finally came to the realization that I left the filler cap on top of the air cleaner. Made a nice hole in the side of the cage where it made its direct exit. Luckily it bothered my prop less than it bothered me. Now the cage looks like it has a missing tooth. :lol: Never did fix it . . . now it serves as a reminder.

The simple solution . . . now when I take that cap off, I set it on top of my tachometer which is right next to the key. Then you can't start it without it becoming obvious what you almost forgot. This will work for just about anything temporarily removed from the engine or elsewhere. Also good place to hang plugs if you need to trailer your boat.
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I'd like to say thanks for this great list also ...When I posted a couple months ago about getting a :toothy7: airboat this list was recommended and I copied it in a notebook and read it multiple times ...then I got a copy of the Dec 12/Jan2013 Marsh Rider and have it on my desk for reference ....Thanks again to all the contributors !!!! And thanks to Marsh Rider for the Mag ...that I did subscribe to ....:D

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Newbie airboater here, although I have been bass fishing out of a boat for a long time. Great thread! Planning to do some frog gigging soon.
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Still a great thread lets keep it going
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Old boater - New air boat owner: thank ya'll for compiling these Do's and Don'ts, there are hundreds of years worth of like experiences offered herein. Note to self come back to this page to refresh! Ride safe ya'll

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Pantera wrote:Old boater - New air boat owner: thank ya'll for compiling these Do's and Don'ts, there are hundreds of years worth of like experiences offered herein. Note to self come back to this page to refresh! Ride safe ya'll
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Thanks for the info. Read every post, just hope I can remember it all.

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Old boater, new air boat pilot finds this page enlightening. Thanks to all contributors! Interested in purchasing the manual.

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Pantera wrote:Old boater, new air boat pilot finds this page enlightening. Thanks to all contributors! Interested in purchasing the manual.
Don't know if it's been covered or not but checking the water/fuel separator and running lights. Also, you need a headlight or q beam even if you don't plan on riding at night. Getting caught without one makes for a long slow ride home. Unless the moon is full
AirHog wrote:Good list so far, Consider this as well:

Carry a machete just in case you have to walk out of the swamp.
Extra oil in case you spring a leak.
Cary a fire starter kit or waterproof matches
Keep a tarp in the boat in case you break down and need to get out of the sun.
Tow rope for pulling out a stuck boat.
Carry extra fuel in case you run short coming back to the ramp. Secure it well. (learned this the hard way in blue cypress)
Keep a push pole in the boat for dead end trails with high sides where you can't do a 180.
Consider a folding shovel.. .doubles as a paddle.
Basic tool box with tie wraps, tape, wrenches, sockets and extra bolts and wire.
First aid kit that includes insect repellant, sun screen, and benadryil.
Alcohol wipes are good for the first aid kit as well.
Keep the small items in a boat bag that goes with the boat each time.
cntry141iq wrote:absolutely always everytime ... take a minute to do a pre-boat inspection before you unload off the trailer and when you put it back on the trailer ...

and if you notice a new vibration or noise ... FIND IT .. if it is nothing then you can laugh about it ... but if it is important and you don't find it .. your first noticable hint may be a disaster

nothin in that cage is worth your life .. not hats not sunglasses not cell phones .. nothin .. nothin... if it goes in there it belongs to the prop until you stop the boat and shut it down and kill the batteries.

Just like a race car I had said on it ... danger .. operation of this machne will kill you. not unsafe not careless just plain ole operation ...

drive safe have fun and stay alive with all your limbs attached ... the prop ALWAYS WINS ... everytime
Night rider wrote:Make sure everything on the motor is tie wired to the motor or bolted to it. A breather going threw the prop will pucker you especialy if it's your brand new prop that eats it!! Always check your belts for fraying and keep a spare on the boat if they brake it will toast your enigine.

Also always make sure you take up the slack in you spark plug wires. If you suck one of those thru the prop while on dry you are going to have fun getting off! :shock: Also when you are doing your boat check make sure that the bilge pumps are working it hard to bail out an airboat.

Thats about all that I've done that needs to be added Image

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cntry141iq wrote:LOL yeah I was gonna callem sash weights but I knew that would throwem a curve for sure.
I didn't realize i was all that old but now that I think about it and how many would know what a sash weight is, I would agree.

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Don't know if it has been covered, and I know this is an ancient thread. But make sure your fires are out when leaving an area and be mindful of your prop wash. There could still be embers to blow into dry grass. Hate to see this happen. ImageImage


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What are some situations that will make he airboat roll and what are best ways to prevent this from happening.
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Keeth1123 wrote:What are some situations that will make he airboat roll and what are best ways to prevent this from happening.
Turning to sharp at slow speed is an easy way to dip a corner and roll/sink. Also hitting anything while sliding sideways in the grass or skinny water. Best way to avoid these are to be mindful of the boat you are driving as they all behave different. Pay attention to your speed and try to look/plan ahead.

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Just read thru this great thread beginning to end. Thanks to all the contributors.
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So I have air boated on both the east cost and west cost. The people in the east are more considerate, better boats, better riding. More of a family thing, than a drunk red neck thing. How ever on the west cost, it is all about dragging what ever shit box you can put together, drag it into the water and go as fast and hard as possible. They have know respect for other boaters, no respect for property owners or wild life.

This weekend in Citrus county, over 350 complaints in Hernando alone. Inconsiderate, drunk, red neck assholes is all it takes to describe what happened over here. I'm sure changes are to come following this weekend. As an air boater, it makes me sick that I even consider it fun. These people were flying through heavily populated areas. Houses, kayaks, row boats. They had no respect. Just making noise. Its no wonder people are shooting bb guns blindly in the dark. lol

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As the world turns in Timiboys eyes. I'm sure glad I have a good life and find more enjoyable times are my focus instead of the latter. Maybe some people were not cut out for property ownership where others transverse nearby. Should have bought an acre in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Pitch ur tent and complain to one's self about the dust.
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I like to keep a cheap set of clear eye wear on the boat for night riding.
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