Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby snookfinken27 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:54 am

Um I don't know if this was mentioned, but never to work on your boat in deep water especially if you have to go in through the cage (I know not safe but sometimes needs to be down, also battery disconnected for this). The boat can take on water from the extra weight in the rear and sink to the bottom trapping you in the cage. Better yet call a friend.
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Postby Ruagatr » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:20 am

Whitebear--I think Southern could sell a good Do's & Dont's list and make some money to keep the site up. Would make a good checklist to go over with a new airboat buyer for sure.

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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby Night rider » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:54 am

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 :lol:

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Postby GAR GAL » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:03 pm

Inspect welds particularly at stress points. Had a weld at rudder bracket break this weekend. Fortunately, it occurred on the trailer on the ride home. Happened 2 years ago on another bracket while running - ruined prop blade and rudder.
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Postby airboater62 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:23 pm

Use a secondary safety chain from boat to trailer in case winch or strap or cable lets loose in transit
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Postby Whitebear » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:15 pm

OK yall, I think theres likely enough in this thread to work with. I am locking it at the request of the thread owner and will begin extracting info into a text document.

I will check with rick about making it available as a for sale document for SA/FAA and or making it a permanent document somewhere on SA. It will take a little bit and a lot of editing for format & etc., so don't expect it overnight.

If you have something that you feel strongly SHOULD be included in the thread please PM me and I can always unlock it and let you make a single post. I just need to be able to use this thread as a working document at this point.

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Postby Whitebear » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:01 pm

OK I have extracted the base ost info.

NEXT:

If anyone does NOT want their post included in the document please post so here or PM me letting me know.

All poters will be credited with their screen name as posted. Posts will be edited for readability and then incorporated into a list. No post will be identified with any contributor, but all contributors will be credited.

I'm unlocking it now so anyone who DOES NOT want their post used can say so. Speak now ;)

Additions are fine now as well. Just needed to establish a base line and I've got that now. So additions are welcome until I or we decide a deadline.

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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby MilkManDan » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:49 pm

I don't think I seen this one. Never unhooking your bow eye from the winch until you have backed down the ramp and the boat is floating.

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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby YELLOWHAMMER » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:30 pm

check all bolts an nuts that have to do with the belt drives an gear drives an make sure there tight an none are missing

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Postby Ruagatr » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:41 pm

Milk Man Dan..must respectfully disagree. My boat is unhooked at the top of the ramp, backed down until it is at the right depth and then the brakes are tapped and it slides right off...if left hooked, it fills with water and goes down...

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Postby Butch » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:58 pm

Ruagatr wrote:Milk Man Dan..must respectfully disagree. My boat is unhooked at the top of the ramp, backed down until it is at the right depth and then the brakes are tapped and it slides right off...if left hooked, it fills with water and goes down...

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With your heavy rig I can see doing that, but some of us with lighter rigs don't have that luxury, for example, on the Camp Mack ramp my boat will slide off half way down the ramp causing it to take water over the stern. Since this pamplet/document is being written for those new to airboating we can't assume what their rig is therefore it would probably be best to have them keep the bow secure.
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Postby Ruagatr » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:01 pm

Bottom line--test your rig and be mindful of the transom and the boats launching abilities...

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Postby nomad41 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:08 pm

I will second not unhooking your boat before your at the water.I bet Carpshooter from Ohio will agree.This was him trying to launch at the Bud ride.Dropped the boat at the top of the ramp. :shock:
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby Cherpa » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:16 am

Nomad, they just do things different in the North.
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Postby cntry141iq » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:26 am

as my buddy STAN says .. boat rampin is a spectator sport ... many boating accidents involving injury happen at the ramp ... That day was a very hectic day to say the least ... the sheer number of boats launched in a short time with no real serious incidents was amazing. it was one of those.. "you had to be there days" ... rest in peace BUD ... giggin where the water is always calm and the frogs are just right ...
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby Rich Andrews » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:23 am

some people would call that a successfull launch..
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Postby grant » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:33 am

Perfect launch......no chance of sinking....easy to load any remaining gear....don't have to worry about falling off the dock while mounting up :D :D :D

Launched the same way myself a few times :D
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Postby Qwikdiesel » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:45 am

This is silly, like trying to tell your 16 year old how to drive a car. Seat time, seat time, seat time in a remote shallow area getting used to the handling is what works!
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby carpshooter1 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:57 am

nomad41 wrote:I will second not unhooking your boat before your at the water.I bet Carpshooter from Ohio will agree.This was him trying to launch at the Bud ride.Dropped the boat at the top of the ramp. :shock:
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby Cherpa » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:02 pm

BTW Carpshooter...HAPPY BIRTHDAY !
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Postby hfw2 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:17 pm

Very Good Reading, Thanks Hank

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Postby carpshooter1 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:13 pm

Cherpa wrote:BTW Carpshooter...HAPPY BIRTHDAY !

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Postby nomad41 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:01 pm

Rick sorry about that.I don't know what I was thinking.Ohio,Mich. shoot you'll all look the same.Can't tell you yankees apart :lol: .Happy Birthday.You need to bring yourself back down here for a visit.Bob
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby Ford » Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:17 pm

check your prop bolt torque every 50 hours or so and put the plugs in before you launch
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby MilkManDan » Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:30 pm

Ruagatr wrote:Milk Man Dan..must respectfully disagree. My boat is unhooked at the top of the ramp, backed down until it is at the right depth and then the brakes are tapped and it slides right off...if left hooked, it fills with water and goes down...

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Please explain because I don't understand. Exactly how does the front bow eye being hooked up keep the back from floating when it hits the water? Even on my dad's heavy 15' GTO with a FELBER 540, its no problem. I have just seen a couple of people sink them by it self un loading.

I would think if something made you stop swiftly (before you reached the water) yours might would do the same. Either way I see no problem telling beginners to not unhook the bow until there down to the water. But hey what do I know. I just milk cows for a living.


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