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REAL AIRBOATERS

Post by cowboy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:58 am

I have long had my opinions of what it means to be a REAL AIRBOATER

In my opinion, it is a very high standard to achieve.
I would not even really consider myself to be a real Airboater, although I would certainly consider myself to be an Airboater for sure and certain.
I don't reckon I will ever do enough Airboating, to the levels that some legendary Airboaters have done. I will probably never be a REAL AIRBOATER. Least I would not think so.
I always conisdered a Real Airboater someone who has been Airboating so long, or so often, that they have probably forgotten about more Airboating than I have ever done, or will do.

A Real Airboater would be a true Airboating Legend, that nobody would ever question his experience. Somebody like say Norman Padgett, or Franny Taylor just to name a couple.
Gotta wonder if there's any Real Airboaters still being produced nowadays.....
I do sometimes.
I wonder what some of the Real Airboaters would think of us if they were still around to see what we do, or how we do it.
I would love to hear everybody's opinion's on what it takes to be considered a REAL AIRBOATER.
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Post by HuntingBigun » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:07 am

I always thought you had to be a gladesmen first to be a real airboater, so I just have to be happy being me, 8) 8)
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Post by cowboy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:12 am

Here's Jr Lyles shaking the hand of Edwin Froehlich
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JR knows a Real Airboater when he sees one.

Y'all got a picture of a Real Airboater....
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Post by In the Glades » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:38 am

I'm young and will never achieve the status these guys reached. They were pioneers.

I think one of the things that has to do with it is the current situation down here. Public access is restricted more and more each year. You can't do a damn thing without worrying about the law a lot of the times. Stricter laws, bigger penalties, etc.

When a lot of these guys were coming up, airboating as a whole was relatively new. They had more freedom to ride, hunt, explore, and be out in the wilderness.

A lot of us find ourselves just blasting the same trails weekend after weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of life around here. Do some froggin or hunting from time to time. Go out to camp and unwind.

On the rare occasion there's an old timers meet up around here, its awesome to go out and here the old stories. Nothing like what we have today. Shame, really.
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Re: REAL AIRBOATERS

Post by plumcrazy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:39 am

i grew up and learned from my uncles here in central fl. had i camp in the big cypress built our own airboats and buggys behind there houses, hunted and fished with them, they were tools of the trade so to speak when i became a man i left the life for some time but i came back 15 years ago and it all came back to me but am i a real airboater .
naw bulfrog bud was a real airboater . there was a guy riding with us mon that was a real airboater Mark Merchant..... but he probaly won't read this .... but i believe it boils down to this a "real" airboaters have respect when its due.... no matter where they learned or what they ride or were they ride

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Post by Rich Andrews » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:50 am

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Post by Rich Andrews » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:53 am

As for REAL airboater for the new century here's one who left too soon(middle)...

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Post by Andrew McD » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:00 am

Far right---> Mr. Mark is a real airboater!!!! He tells stories about having starters on airboats as being the newest technology out!!! :shock: This man is like a second daddy to me and I'm proud to have been brought into airboating by him!

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Post by charlie » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:11 am

mark is one hell of a guy see him at my buddies barn every now and then
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Re: REAL AIRBOATERS

Post by goldhunter_2 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:12 am

don't forget Mr Bud

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Re: REAL AIRBOATERS

Post by miguelc » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:12 am

I think PART of being a real airboater is when you know all your parts and pieces of an airboat, and know how to build, fix, or replace it when needed. Theres a lot of airboaters that dont know anything about their boat. When it breaks, they take it to the shop and have it fixed. Most of the old timers built and worked on their own boats. JMO
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Post by cowboy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:28 am

Wayne Sage....
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Post by cowboy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:31 am

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Sampson S. Baker

Sampson is Wayne Sage's step father.


He was a true gladesman, loving familyman and a good friend to many.


He was a WWII vet.


Back in the day he hunted gators and frogs to support his family.


He was featured on the tv show "What's My Line"...No one guessed he was a commercial frogger.


He was a close friend of mine!

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Post by rick » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:43 am

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Post by glades cat » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:51 am

I've been thinking about the question in your post since I started airboating.
What it takes to earn the badge of a Gladesman and airboater.
Something we should strive to earn.
I thank those of you who have been a great example of one.

I believe the connection between the individual and the land is important.
'Ol time Gladesmen had a greater dependancy on the same land we recreate and harvest on.
That dependency comes in different forms and has changed and metamorphosed into what we have today.


A true Gladesman family comes to mind, whom I greatly respect and are "right down the road"...
The Jones family at Mack's Fish Camp. Marshall, Keith, all the way down to little Mack.
They live the real deal...5 generations worth...in the same location.
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Post by cowboy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:43 pm

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Post by Bruce » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:55 pm

miguelc wrote:I think PART of being a real airboater is when you know all your parts and pieces of an airboat, and know how to build, fix, or replace it when needed. Theres a lot of airboaters that dont know anything about their boat. When it breaks, they take it to the shop and have it fixed. Most of the old timers built and worked on their own boats. JMO
i share this same belief driving a boat is one thing knowing the ins and outs along with how to fix it to get it back in is another but that is just my opinion there is a new type of airboater out there now (i was raised the old way) the one that has a 50,000 dollar barge and leaves his trash on the ground where he stops
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Re: REAL AIRBOATERS

Post by DDSBC » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:04 pm

Marvin Goode in the front of my boat and Merill Vann diving the full deck are two of the realist old school airboaters I know.
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Post by Sniper » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:19 pm

Bud and Paul for sure had the honor to know and ride with both of them you gotta really watch old Paul real close caues he will get way in front of you and go hide and make you think your lost :lol:
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Post by Whitebear » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:26 pm

Most of the above posts seem to grasp the boats and the outdoors and the respect part. I think there is another part as well. Its not a part that is seen, its a part that lives inside the man. Not given to boasting about his own doings but willing to contribute. Something in his heart and how he lives life allowing others to be as enthusiastic as he is. Deep inside where he knows his own trials and if he can will make it easier for others by helping, rescuing or whatever is needed. Its a self sufficiency and a contentedness with his own life. Always striving to be better and willing to do the hard work but willing to take the time to share thoughts and listen to others thoughts. This may not say it well, but its more than a boat and a gig, those are just the things that he uses as his tools. Its whats inside the man not the outside. Not so much what he says, as what he does without saying anything.

Remember that most legends don't consider themselves to be legends, they leave that for others to consider. Most of the legends, I guess, got there by just trying to live a life that wasn't always easy and making the most of it. Or at least enough to keep the family together and maybe enjoy some times when they can.

Probably poor wording on my part, but that is just my shortcoming.
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Re: REAL AIRBOATERS

Post by ronbacardi » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:32 pm

Cowboy,

I would like to add my 2 cents worth, but maybe its not worth that much :dontknow: You asked our opinion of a Real Airboater .You said he had to be an Airboating Legend. Well I don't know about that. A lot of the boaters back 50 years ago went about their bussiness without anybody knowing about them because they only ran the areas close to home and there wern't many of them. There was no internet to display on and most of their boats were made from parts they had laying around the yard. There was a guy named Ralph Broshis in Broward Co who left Andytown, back before Aligator Alley was put in, and headed to the cyprus. He got out there by himself in his homemade boat with his 90 Franklin and the motor stand broke and the motor fell out of the boat. He had to walk from the cyprus to US 27. It took him a week. But he made it. That to me is pretty awsome. Does that make him a legend? :dontknow:

plumcrazy mentioned respect in his reply. Respect is something earned, not bought.

miguelc mentioned the knowlege to build and repair your own boat. I think there is something to that. But, there are a lot guys that think they have to have the biggest baddest fancyest thing that money can buy. Does a fancy paint job make you a better boater than Ralph?

glades cat says "we should strive to earn" the title of a real airboater. I don't know. Does a soldier "strive" to protect his brothers in a firefight, or does he do what just comes natural to him?

Most of us airboat for fun. We naturely know how to act. Don't showoff, don't belittle another's boat because your boat is bigger or faster or has a fancier paint job. Don't disrespect others. Earn your own respect. You know what you respect in others, act as they do.

I love airboating and I love the people in airboating. Its the acts and attitudes that I can do without.

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Post by Bruce » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:00 pm

ronbacardi wrote:Cowboy,

I would like to add my 2 cents worth, but maybe its not worth that much :dontknow: You asked our opinion of a Real Airboater .You said he had to be an Airboating Legend. Well I don't know about that. A lot of the boaters back 50 years ago went about their bussiness without anybody knowing about them because they only ran the areas close to home and there wern't many of them. There was no internet to display on and most of their boats were made from parts they had laying around the yard. There was a guy named Ralph Broshis in Broward Co who left Andytown, back before Aligator Alley was put in, and headed to the cyprus. He got out there by himself in his homemade boat with his 90 Franklin and the motor stand broke and the motor fell out of the boat. He had to walk from the cyprus to US 27. It took him a week. But he made it. That to me is pretty awsome. Does that make him a legend? :dontknow:

plumcrazy mentioned respect in his reply. Respect is something earned, not bought.

miguelc mentioned the knowlege to build and repair your own boat. I think there is something to that. But, there are a lot guys that think they have to have the biggest baddest fancyest thing that money can buy. Does a fancy paint job make you a better boater than Ralph?

glades cat says "we should strive to earn" the title of a real airboater. I don't know. Does a soldier "strive" to protect his brothers in a firefight, or does he do what just comes natural to him?

Most of us airboat for fun. We naturely know how to act. Don't showoff, don't belittle another's boat because your boat is bigger or faster or has a fancier paint job. Don't disrespect others. Earn your own respect. You know what you respect in others, act as they do.

I love airboating and I love the people in airboating. Its the acts and attitudes that I can do without.
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Post by Comanche-pup » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:46 pm

ronbacardi wrote:Cowboy,

I would like to add my 2 cents worth, but maybe its not worth that much :dontknow: You asked our opinion of a Real Airboater .You said he had to be an Airboating Legend. Well I don't know about that. A lot of the boaters back 50 years ago went about their bussiness without anybody knowing about them because they only ran the areas close to home and there wern't many of them. There was no internet to display on and most of their boats were made from parts they had laying around the yard. There was a guy named Ralph Broshis in Broward Co who left Andytown, back before Aligator Alley was put in, and headed to the cyprus. He got out there by himself in his homemade boat with his 90 Franklin and the motor stand broke and the motor fell out of the boat. He had to walk from the cyprus to US 27. It took him a week. But he made it. That to me is pretty awsome. Does that make him a legend? :dontknow:

plumcrazy mentioned respect in his reply. Respect is something earned, not bought.

miguelc mentioned the knowlege to build and repair your own boat. I think there is something to that. But, there are a lot guys that think they have to have the biggest baddest fancyest thing that money can buy. Does a fancy paint job make you a better boater than Ralph?

glades cat says "we should strive to earn" the title of a real airboater. I don't know. Does a soldier "strive" to protect his brothers in a firefight, or does he do what just comes natural to him?

Most of us airboat for fun. We naturely know how to act. Don't showoff, don't belittle another's boat because your boat is bigger or faster or has a fancier paint job. Don't disrespect others. Earn your own respect. You know what you respect in others, act as they do.

I love airboating and I love the people in airboating. Its the acts and attitudes that I can do without.
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I agree 100%. Just because you can buy the above pictured boat doesn't mean you are any better than the guy with the homemade boat.

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Post by cowboy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:52 pm

Hey Ron,
See my reply's below your 2 cent's below..
ronbacardi wrote:Cowboy,

I would like to add my 2 cents worth, but maybe its not worth that much :dontknow: You asked our opinion of a Real Airboater .You said he had to be an Airboating Legend. Well I don't know about that. A lot of the boaters back 50 years ago went about their bussiness without anybody knowing about them because they only ran the areas close to home and there wern't many of them. There was no internet to display on and most of their boats were made from parts they had laying around the yard. There was a guy named Ralph Broshis in Broward Co who left Andytown, back before Aligator Alley was put in, and headed to the cyprus. He got out there by himself in his homemade boat with his 90 Franklin and the motor stand broke and the motor fell out of the boat. He had to walk from the cyprus to US 27. It took him a week. But he made it. That to me is pretty awsome. Does that make him a legend? :dontknow:

I agree. I would offer Cal Stone as an example. He was not an Airboater, but a Gladesman. He wrote a book called 40 years in the Everglades. In his book he gave many stories of his trips walking into the Everglades for days and days. His last trip, he went in off Tamiami Trail, and 5 days later he and his friend came out on 27 near Moorehaven. Many Legendary Airboaters made their reputation, or earned their respect from other Airboaters who had no internet. Like Norman Padgett. He had no internet.
You remember Ralph Broshis, for his exploits you mention above, and perhaps some you did not mention. I reckon that makes him a legend. He may not be as famous as some other Real Airboaters, but I have now heard of Ralph's exploits because of your remembrance of him. That's how Legendary Airboaters become known. Airbaoters remebering them, adn what they did before we came along.


plumcrazy mentioned respect in his reply. Respect is something earned, not bought.
Yup. I reckon many of not most of the legendary Real Airboaters were not "rich"

miguelc mentioned the knowlege to build and repair your own boat. I think there is something to that. But, there are a lot guys that think they have to have the biggest baddest fancyest thing that money can buy. Does a fancy paint job make you a better boater than Ralph?
Yup.
The boat sure don't make the Airboater. That's a fact. Legendary or not. I think it is important fact that way back when, of you could not build and Airboat, you may not be able to own an Airboat. Especially back in the early times of Airboating.


glades cat says "we should strive to earn" the title of a real airboater. I don't know. Does a soldier "strive" to protect his brothers in a firefight, or does he do what just comes natural to him?
I can't say for certain what Gladescat meant for sure. I reckon he meant we should all follow our Hero's example that they set for us.
Be they Airboaters, Soldiers, Mentors....


Most of us airboat for fun. We naturely know how to act. Don't showoff, don't belittle another's boat because your boat is bigger or faster or has a fancier paint job. Don't disrespect others. Earn your own respect. You know what you respect in others, act as they do.
Yup. I agree. I have allot of respect for someone who is riding a woods worn boat, that has little show, and lot's of go. Say like Norman Padgett once again. He rode a boat that most would call a hunk of junk. It was not fancy. He would jack a frozen piston out of a GPU jug with a grease gun at the gas station, then hone the rust out of it, and go run it that night chasing frogs. He was not scared, and if it broke down, he could more than l likely fix it, and get back to the hill.

I love airboating and I love the people in airboating. Its the acts and attitudes that I can do without.Yup. You can say that again :thumbup:

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Re: REAL AIRBOATERS

Post by GatorTrapperSLC » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:19 pm

Well here's my two cents................ Real airboaters are everywhere. We are stewards of the lands and waters we ride, we take out what we bring in, leaving a small foot print. We offer our help to others even when they don't ask, often giving away our last few gallons of gas or the spare parts we carry. We don't steal or take what isn't ours, we don't destroy others hard work, but offer to help fix it when others do. We treat others with respect when it is earned and only ask for the same in return. I don't believe being a true airboater has anything to do with how many hours you put on your boat, it is what you do while logging those hours that really counts. We come from all walks of life, but we share the same passion. I could keep going forever but you get the point.

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