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First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:36 pm
by Fookz92
I am on this website every day reading up on forums and such because I am eager to learn what all of you guys already know! So, I am 21 and I bought my first airboat after seeing it in the classifieds on SA back in September. The only thing that helped me a little was I am a pilot and know about aircraft engines/ props to an extent. Thought the boat was a hell of a deal considering its hull shape, hours, and year built. Ended up trailing it all the way back to Maryland where I am the ONLY soul with an airboat. (plenty of marsh up there) Rode it about 5 times in deep water and dry ground. Performance is amazing considering I need to install a CHT gauge so I can tune the carb so it stops icing up every 10-15 minutes. I just figured out how to post pictures on here so that is why I am just now posting this. Still looking for a name for it, was thinking Fully blown, or Fully Blown Addictions?
So what do you guys think? Did I do good? What would you price it at? 15x8 Diamondback. GSO 480 with 40 hrs. 10 bld Warp drive. new poly. aluminum rigging.
On a side note, I am polishing up my hull and I cant seem to get the stripe off the side. I think its paint because it is terribly hard to get off. Should I just paint back over it or try to get it off to polish the whole thing? Thanks!
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Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:49 pm
by scottyroll
I think that boat looks great. I love the quad seat up front...looks like it came outta Santa's redneck sleigh lol. I put that value in between 16-20k, but that varies depending on who you ask of course :D . Due to your state having a turtle of sorts as a main mascot- I would paint the rudders with a tortoise and hare theme and have the tortoise sporting that GSO engine on its back blasting off toward the finish line lol. I bet that boast scoots along just fine...

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:33 pm
by Fookz92
scottyroll wrote:I think that boat looks great. I love the quad seat up front...looks like it came outta Santa's redneck sleigh lol. I put that value in between 16-20k, but that varies depending on who you ask of course :D . Due to your state having a turtle of sorts as a main mascot- I would paint the rudders with a tortoise and hare theme and have the tortoise sporting that GSO engine on its back blasting off toward the finish line lol. I bet that boast scoots along just fine...
Pretty site I need to turn the blades up for more pitch. She only runs 40. Thanks for the idea too. I like it!

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:43 pm
by farmboy
Fookz, when you say your carb is icing up do u mean its sweating and the water coming off of it is cold?

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:31 pm
by Fookz92
Farm boy, I texted you.

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:38 pm
by southernrican
Fookz92 wrote:Farm boy, I texted you.
Icing up and sweating on the carb Intake is normal. Mine does it and everyone I know that has a gso480 it does it as we'll

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:36 pm
by Fookz92
southernrican wrote:
Fookz92 wrote:Farm boy, I texted you.
Icing up and sweating on the carb Intake is normal. Mine does it and everyone I know that has a gso480 it does it as we'll
It sweats yes like it is supposed to. But I can be running at constant 2800+ rpm for about 10 minutes and then I get a small vibration in the pedal followed by an immediate power loss and backfire-ing. Let it idle for a few then can power back up to normal. Had .90' as primary jets then and backed it down to .72's it nothing changed. Still same symptoms

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:09 pm
by Tony480
Why would you run it at 2800 for ten minutes? If it won't cruise any better than that I would be fixing that first!

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:25 pm
by Fookz92
Tony480 wrote:Why would you run it at 2800 for ten minutes? If it won't cruise any better than that I would be fixing that first!
Hence why I think I need to turn the prop pitch more. So If I paid for your plane ticket, you'd fly up to Maryland and tune it for me? Hahaha

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:31 pm
by Southern Style
Fook.. Awsome boat !! Lived in Rockville (Montgomery County) and hunted in Fredrick for many years.. Glad to see airboating made it the BIG MD !!!!! Yea, wide open should be 2850-2900... A 540, 480, 470 180 type aircrafts should cruise on a plane between 1900-2100.... Leaving a lot for running dry.. I know that's a big boat but still should plane out and lower those RPM's... Put the TERP Turtle on the back of them rudders!!! REPRESENT !!! LOL

Enjoy the ride!!!!!!!!!!1

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:42 pm
by Fookz92
Southern Style wrote:Fook.. Awsome boat !! Lived in Rockville (Montgomery County) and hunted in Fredrick for many years.. Glad to see airboating made it the BIG MD !!!!! Yea, wide open should be 2850-2900... A 540, 480, 470 180 type aircrafts should cruise on a plane between 1900-2100.... Leaving a lot for running dry.. I know that's a big boat but still should plane out and lower those RPM's... Put the TERP Turtle on the back of them rudders!!! REPRESENT !!! LOL

Enjoy the ride!!!!!!!!!!1
I'm just across the creek on the eastern shore. Yeah I am def running high rpm's and sucking that avga$ down fast. Terps it is! And I like what Scotty up in the forum was saying for my rudder art

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:11 pm
by southernrican
Fookz92 wrote:
Southern Style wrote:Fook.. Awsome boat !! Lived in Rockville (Montgomery County) and hunted in Fredrick for many years.. Glad to see airboating made it the BIG MD !!!!! Yea, wide open should be 2850-2900... A 540, 480, 470 180 type aircrafts should cruise on a plane between 1900-2100.... Leaving a lot for running dry.. I know that's a big boat but still should plane out and lower those RPM's... Put the TERP Turtle on the back of them rudders!!! REPRESENT !!! LOL

Enjoy the ride!!!!!!!!!!1
I'm just across the creek on the eastern shore. Yeah I am def running high rpm's and sucking that avga$ down fast. Terps it is! And I like what Scotty up in the forum was saying for my rudder art
Sounds to me like you're getting lean on top end n over heating. Might need to re jet and tune carb. What style carb you running. I know down here in Florida. We use the holley 4150 and 4160. Models. You would want a boost ref application so go with aed or quick fuel manufacture. A good set up we have had luck with down here is 80 primary and 90 Secondaries. A Lil more info on ur rig and we should have u fixed up in no time. PPost a reply
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lenty of fellas on here willing to help a fellow airboater out.

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:34 pm
by farmboy
Fookz92 wrote:Farm boy, I texted you.
I got a new # (561)261-6390
Call me tomorrow sometime.

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:07 pm
by Fookz92
southernrican wrote:
Fookz92 wrote:
Southern Style wrote:Fook.. Awsome boat !! Lived in Rockville (Montgomery County) and hunted in Fredrick for many years.. Glad to see airboating made it the BIG MD !!!!! Yea, wide open should be 2850-2900... A 540, 480, 470 180 type aircrafts should cruise on a plane between 1900-2100.... Leaving a lot for running dry.. I know that's a big boat but still should plane out and lower those RPM's... Put the TERP Turtle on the back of them rudders!!! REPRESENT !!! LOL

Enjoy the ride!!!!!!!!!!1
I'm just across the creek on the eastern shore. Yeah I am def running high rpm's and sucking that avga$ down fast. Terps it is! And I like what Scotty up in the forum was saying for my rudder art
Sounds to me like you're getting lean on top end n over heating. Might need to re jet and tune carb. What style carb you running. I know down here in Florida. We use the holley 4150 and 4160. Models. You would want a boost ref application so go with aed or quick fuel manufacture. A good set up we have had luck with down here is 80 primary and 90 Secondaries. A Lil more info on ur rig and we should have u fixed up in no time. PPost a reply
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lenty of fellas on here willing to help a fellow airboater out.
Those #'s will be very handy when turning thanks. It is a 4150 for sure. What series, you got me there. :? I looked for any numbers or plates and there was nothing there.

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:13 pm
by Fookz92
farmboy wrote:
Fookz92 wrote:Farm boy, I texted you.
I got a new # (561)261-6390
Call me tomorrow sometime.
Thanks man. I'll text ya soon when I am tinkering on the boat. Might not be tomorrow.

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:16 am
by farmboy
Southern Style wrote:Fook.. Awsome boat !! Lived in Rockville (Montgomery County) and hunted in Fredrick for many years.. Glad to see airboating made it the BIG MD !!!!! Yea, wide open should be 2850-2900... A 540, 480, 470 180 type aircrafts should cruise on a plane between 1900-2100.... Leaving a lot for running dry.. I know that's a big boat but still should plane out and lower those RPM's... Put the TERP Turtle on the back of them rudders!!! REPRESENT !!! LOL

Enjoy the ride!!!!!!!!!!1
Fookz has a geared motor there rated to turn 3400 RPM's.

Re: First airboat buy

Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:02 am
by farmboy
Fookz92 wrote:
southernrican wrote:
Fookz92 wrote:Farm boy, I texted you.
Icing up and sweating on the carb Intake is normal. Mine does it and everyone I know that has a gso480 it does it as we'll
It sweats yes like it is supposed to. But I can be running at constant 2800+ rpm for about 10 minutes and then I get a small vibration in the pedal followed by an immediate power loss and backfire-ing. Let it idle for a few then can power back up to normal. Had .90' as primary jets then and backed it down to .72's it nothing changed. Still same symptoms
I bet cruising at 2800 that bad boy is burning fuel like crazy!!!!!!! And I bet that's your problem with it acting up with you it's running out of fuel your fuel pump can't keep up... With those motors it's not so much about PSI it's about volume.... Fookz you need to get with (PTR34) and let him set you up with a Sensenich R or NGR (3-blade or 4-blade)and get those cruise RPM's down and junk that o'l warp drive it would save you money in the long run. Just my 2 cents....