Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

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

Postby plumcrazy » Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:45 pm

aint takin sides but i leave my bow line hooked , that pic of carp made me lmao again it made a helluva noise when she hit the ramp but me and a bunch of others had her in the water for carp could say oh sh!t, old boy was red faced but we made him feel the everglades love, and i belive also you check them prop bolts at 25 hrs :) give bass boaters a wide birth or just give em the finger , or you can do what brantley does :blackeye:

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Postby garrett » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:02 pm

Check your polymer, cracks, rips, tears, and loose hardware can be a killer.
When i have My boat in the spring water i swim underneth with a mask u can tell alot.
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Postby Ruagatr » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:18 pm

No need to get snippy...a heavy boat, with the bow eye hooked, will not present enough bottom to the water to allow enough pressure to lift the back of the hull before it fills with water, rather than sliding back quickly, and this only applies to STEEP ramps. A shallow ramp it doesnt matter either way...I never hit the brakes once unhooked, until the launch tap, and admit it is a delicate ballet. So both rules are correct depending on operator experience and ramp and boat weight. Its all good. Charles

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Postby yobee » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:27 pm

Maddog, not picking in on this fight, I keep my bow eye hooked lol, but where does your boat go floating off to after your launch tap without you in it? If I launch in a place with an actual "ramp" it's usually deep(ish) water and my boat would have floated further than i want to swim lol.
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Postby MilkManDan » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:56 pm

See this is what sucks about internet forums. I wasn't trying to be snippy just questioning how. Sorry if it came off that way. Trust me I would never try to argue with a lawyer. :D

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Postby yobee » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:00 pm

MilkManDan wrote:See this is what sucks about internet forums. I wasn't trying to be snippy just questioning how. Sorry if it came off that way. Trust me I would never try to argue with a lawyer. :D

I was just messing with ya :wink: Im also curious though. How about this.... I prefer to unload on dry ground LOL!
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Postby Ruagatr » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:35 pm

I have launched my boat so many times, if one of my sons or guests is not there, I run the rope over the tailgate of my truck, and tap the brake and pop out and grab the line before it snakes out...but not recommended for most. LOL.

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Postby JAMES » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:42 pm

i read and read and did not see nothing about DO NOT OPERATE UNDER THE INFLUANCE :shock:
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Postby Ruagatr » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:50 pm

There is no post about not sleeping with your best friends sister either...some things are self evident.

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Postby Daddy Dave » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:28 pm

I have seen more than a few steering system failures cause an immediate and unexpected turn while underway. Check rudder bushings and pivot shafts for corrosion, play or wear. Pay particular attention to all Hyme joints and replace all ferrous Hymes with stainless ASAP. Never try to "free up" a frozen steering cable - just replace it.
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Postby Whitebear » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:32 pm

Very good one. Got it.
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Postby crowhater » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:00 pm

I always keep a good first aid kit
A couple MRE with heat packs
water
spare fan belt
extra fuel pump
extra plugs
couple long plug wires and a coil wire.
Distributer modual vacum sealed in a bag
electrical kit with some 12g wire. I like several feet of 3c 12g extension cord.
tool kit
several feet of fuel line if you run rubber line
cem lights - red and green!!! Will work as nav lights in a pinch!
flash light
test light
4' T&B heavy zip ties
duck tape
Can of Corrision -x spray
rain coat
tow rope
paddle
zip up wade boots
compass or GPS
motor oil, gearbox oil
gallon jug of 50/50 coolant
SUPER GLUE!!!! nothing fixes a cut and keeps the wound clean like super glue
Lighter, waterproof matches
toilet paper in a plastic bag
exhaust clamp
couple feet of plumber strap and self tapping screws. Flex pipe does break!
SAFETY CHAIN YOUR AIR CLEANER!
spare drain plug for your boat.
spare fuel filter
tube of silicon gasket material
bug spray & sun block


Do's
Tell someone where you are going so if you break down people know where to look.
Get Towboat USA insurance for 100 dollars a year. If you pay 200 it will also cover your trailer.
Check your tide and weather report before you go out!!!
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Postby beyondhelp » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:26 pm

thanks for all the great info.

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Postby anvil » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:44 pm

Ruagatr wrote:I have launched my boat so many times, if one of my sons or guests is not there, I run the rope over the tailgate of my truck, and tap the brake and pop out and grab the line before it snakes out...but not recommended for most. LOL.

Maddog

I use the sme tecnique except I now tie the bow line to the rear of the trailer. My Tiny little wife resents being dragged into cold water buy a short bow line and a heavy foot on the dump off the boat move lesson learned
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Postby anvil » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:53 pm

crowhater wrote:I always keep a good first aid kit
A couple MRE with heat packs
water
spare fan belt
extra fuel pump
extra plugs
couple long plug wires and a coil wire.
Distributer modual vacum sealed in a bag
electrical kit with some 12g wire. I like several feet of 3c 12g extension cord.
tool kit
several feet of fuel line if you run rubber line
cem lights - red and green!!! Will work as nav lights in a pinch!
flash light
test light
4' T&B heavy zip ties
duck tape
Can of Corrision -x spray
rain coat
tow rope
paddle
zip up wade boots
compass or GPS
motor oil, gearbox oil
gallon jug of 50/50 coolant
SUPER GLUE!!!! nothing fixes a cut and keeps the wound clean like super glue
Lighter, waterproof matches
toilet paper in a plastic bag
exhaust clamp
couple feet of plumber strap and self tapping screws. Flex pipe does break!
SAFETY CHAIN YOUR AIR CLEANER!
spare drain plug for your boat.
spare fuel filter
tube of silicon gasket material
bug spray & sun block


Do's
Tell someone where you are going so if you break down people know where to look.
Get Towboat USA insurance for 100 dollars a year. If you pay 200 it will also cover your trailer.
Check your tide and weather report before you go out!!!

great list crow I have two other items two sets of long sleeve shirts cheap cotton gloves long gym pants and two mosquito head nets. All it took was breaking down in the marsh one time to learn that lesson The gym pants are and long sleeve shirts are light and cheap and the mosquito nets are a life saver I also keep a cheap small blue tarp make a great quick rain cover and it keeps the no can seeums off of most of your body parts until help arrives
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Postby muffled500hp » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:51 pm

Don't forget the key to the boat at home. It's pretty embarrassing :oops: to get to the boat ramp and unload your boat, park the truck, then realize you left the key at home on top of the dresser, especially if you are meeting a group to ride with... :shock: ! Just saying, I don't think thats ever happen to me... :lol: !!!!!
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Postby grant » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:59 am

crowhater wrote:I always keep a good first aid kit
A couple MRE with heat packs
water
spare fan belt
extra fuel pump
extra plugs
couple long plug wires and a coil wire.
Distributer modual vacum sealed in a bag
electrical kit with some 12g wire. I like several feet of 3c 12g extension cord.
tool kit
several feet of fuel line if you run rubber line
cem lights - red and green!!! Will work as nav lights in a pinch!
flash light
test light
4' T&B heavy zip ties
duck tape
Can of Corrision -x spray
rain coat
tow rope
paddle
zip up wade boots
compass or GPS
motor oil, gearbox oil
gallon jug of 50/50 coolant
SUPER GLUE!!!! nothing fixes a cut and keeps the wound clean like super glue
Lighter, waterproof matches
toilet paper in a plastic bag
exhaust clamp
couple feet of plumber strap and self tapping screws. Flex pipe does break!
SAFETY CHAIN YOUR AIR CLEANER!
spare drain plug for your boat.
spare fuel filter
tube of silicon gasket material
bug spray & sun block


Do's
Tell someone where you are going so if you break down people know where to look.
Get Towboat USA insurance for 100 dollars a year. If you pay 200 it will also cover your trailer.
Check your tide and weather report before you go out!!!


Good list........Ya forgot to mention the "kitchen sink"!!
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Postby crowhater » Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:56 pm

Guys I know it sounds like a big list but I am not just cruising the swamp where 50 other airboats are playing. If I get stuck or broke down it can be a long night of giving blood to skeeters or freezing your but off.

If you have kids they make a baby wipe travel box that holds like 20-30 wipes, this is way better then Toilet paper!! TP is a mess when it is wet or raining and you have to make mud but two baby wipes will make you feel like a new man! :wink:

Make an extra set of keys and zip tie them to your truck frame. Last year a guy dropped the keys as he got off the boat at the ramp. Diving in 40* water on the innercoastal at night for an hour in deep water for your keys is no fun!!

paint ball mask is the hot ticket when it is really cold but you must use push in ear plugs.

Go to tractor supply and buy a new axle end with hub and mount it to your trailer to hold your spare tire. Now you have spare bearings, hub and a tire.

Paint the front side of your cage anchor light with a dark spary paint, you will still be legal but the light will no longer blind you while running at night.

pour a little water in the back of your boat before you launch it, this will keep any sand or dirt in the boat from getting pulled right into your prop.

It may all seem like over kill and I might look like a boyscout but I have taken lemons and made lemonaid many times because I am ready.
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Postby Whitebear » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:03 pm

I'm using and keeping all suggestions, but wasn't the original intent for the new or first time airboater?

If every suggestion were incorporated they would need a 20' boat just to haul everything. LOL

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Postby nomad41 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:56 pm

Crowhater if you paint the front of your all round white light.You will not be legal.I'm not saying don't do it.But beware that its not legal in the US.Look up Coast Guard Regs.
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Postby cflacowboy001 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:46 pm

This could be a help for all deep woods runners one goes with the other and the anchor is a given !
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Postby Rich Andrews » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:19 pm

a trusted phone list of buddies helps :wink:
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Postby crowhater » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:32 am

nomad41 wrote:Crowhater if you paint the front of your all round white light.You will not be legal.I'm not saying don't do it.But beware that its not legal in the US.Look up Coast Guard Regs.


I was told this trick by the GW, I am not saying paint it 100% I am saying hit it with some spray paint on the front side. It does not need to be a perfect coat just hit it with some over spray until you shade it down on the front side.
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Re: Airboating Do & Don'ts..a handbook

Postby upstack » Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:23 pm

Over in airboat tech there is a "sticky" thread on sound reduction, it never leaves or goes down in the list. Wouldn't this topic be a candidate for being a "sticky" thread in airboat talk.

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Postby Whitebear » Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:34 pm

Take it to the Board Room and ask, thats what the room is there for.
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