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All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:50 pm

Hey All,

Been lurking and lusting for a while, apologies that my first post is a request for assistance. I'm a Texas boy that is likely headed to Florida sometime this week to collect and repatriate a 2013 17x8 Air Ranger. Boat is listed everywhere, so I would assume the masses are aware of it.

Boat is powered by a MAST 550, which by all public accounts appears to be a very solid plant. I have however picked up rumors that on a specific subset of engines, there was a high probability failure rate in the valve train that needs correction with some relatively mild upgrades.. Have any of you LS guys seen or heard of this type of occurrence? Just a rumor?

Given that I have very limited stick time, and less appreciable hands on wrenching on sliders, it would be fantastic if in exchange for a steak dinner and a pile of beer, one of the experienced among you would accompany me to evaluate and run the boat (put her through the paces) before I sign the check..

You guys have a fantastic body of knowledge here and it has been my pleasure to absorb some minor fraction of that. It would be great to knock a few items off the bucket list while I'm down there, like fishing the big O, and sliding the glades..

JT

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:13 pm

Apologies.. Boat is in the Sarasota area.

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby blow boat » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:52 pm

First off welcome , that's on the wrong I mean
Left coast I'm on the right coast.but some one
Over in that area can help just keep check n
The thread someone will pipe up . Good time to come
Down tho unity weekend this weekend
So whatever happens with the boat ur looking
At you can show up at lake O we can get at least
One thing off that bucket list !

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby Sniper » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:54 am

The LS engine is probably the most reliable Airboat engine out there, I have not heard of any problems with them at all, WaterThunder is the resident expert on LS engines so you can talk to him, now as far a training goes if you have never driven an Airboat and you’re getting a high powered boat that is a recipe for disaster without proper training an airboat is a lot different than a regular boat and there are a lot of does and don'ts and I would highly recommend getting some training other than someone just showing you a few things in a couple of hours
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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:35 am

Thanks for the info and the guidance. I will certainly seek out appropriate training. I realize this is a different animal than what I am accustomed to and will treat it accordingly.

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby rjfjr » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:09 pm

I believe sniper has a trainin program that has been highly recommended

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby Prototype » Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:32 pm

I'll help if I can but a Sarasota boat probably needs to be checked out in the bay if it's local and the seller won't travel to Freshwater? As far as training I'd say if it's a AIR RANGER and your in Texas, Maybe Air Ranger can give you some leads to training on one of there used boats?

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby akblackdawg » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:51 am

Be careful with your new toy. It is a powerhouse and can kill you in a second, or you can run it for years without mishap. One thing you here on SA a lot is "if in doubt, power out". That may be true for a lot of situations, but a newbie trying to power out of a slide into a tree or bridge support could just as easy end with your new boat and your ass wrapped around that tree. until you have experience to make those split second decisions. I'd much rather hear of you letting off and slowly bumping that tree with little or no damage, then read about another airboat accident on here. Have fun.
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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby Sniper » Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:41 am

My Team Mate on my SAR team does all the training for American but mot of what he does for them is out of the country, He is based in ohio, Im in Georgia so I may be closer if you want training
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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:39 am

I've found an Old Timer here locally that actually used to run with the Floyd's a bit back in the day that's willing to spend some serious time with me. He is still an active and avid airboater and knows the water well where I will be running. He's a straight shooter and won't hesitate to put my in my place. Guys I appreciate your guidance and be assured that I have the healthiest of respects for this equipment and the learning curve. I went through a similar process of education and baby steps when I learned to operate my very fast (80mph) bass boat. Lots of seat time with experienced sponsors and a thorough understanding of the physics involved.

Google "Basscat Chine Walk" and read the Article "Basscat Chine Walk - Learning to Control it" to get a feel for the level of diligence I put into ensuring I understand stand what's happening and maintain safe operations as my skill set improves. I'm very conscious of my limitations and attack things very methodically.

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:20 pm

Just passed through Pensacola!

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:22 pm

Blow Boat - I don't think it's a great idea for me to head to the Big-O till I've put in some serious hours on the stick.. If Airboat rides are anything like the mudboat rides I frequent in my prodrive, it's no place for a newb.

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby blow boat » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:06 pm

Don't over think it, it would be one of
The best places to run ur boat if you get it.
But to be truthful I just meant to stop by
And see what it was all about and give you
A ride if you wanted thought you were just
Going to look at a boat but if you do
Get the boat and have the time and such
There would be a butt load of people with
A sheet ton of stick time and everybody
Will have there boats with them so in closing
I would have to disagree with you it would
Probably be the best place and time for
A newbee to get on the stick for the first
Time and shown the ropes! Drive safe my friend

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby blow boat » Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:00 pm

So did you make it over there, if so how did
The boat check out?

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:52 pm

Yep.. Boat is great. Headed back to Texas, gotta business trip on Monday and didn't want to try to pull 20hrs from O on Sunday.. Crashing in Tallahassee tonight.
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I'm really pleased with the quality and condition of the boat. 71 total hours and it's nearly flawless.. American Airboats builds one fine piece of equipment..

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:54 pm

Gonna spend some time easing into this thing and then plan a trip back over to fish on O before early Teal season kicks off in Tx.. I'll bring the wife and spend a week or so in SoFl..

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby blow boat » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:44 am

Glad to hear, was just thinking not only would you be
Going home with a new airboat you could have
Went home and air-boater enjoy and drive safe

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:12 pm

Yep.. I wish it would have worked out.. We will be back!

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Re: All new, need experienced guidance..

Postby JTodd1976 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:38 pm

So got home in plenty of time today to take the boat out. Everything went perfectly.

Really took our time with launch, and chose a ramp / location that is 95% shallow water.

Eased at idle to a large shallow flat, probably 100 acres of 5-8" deep water with a soft muddy bottom.

Spent several hours learning the characteristics of the boat through acceleration and deceleration.. Very smooth and predictable..

Very happy with the boat.. Lots of learning yet to do, but I have a great low risk spot. Basically no traffic or obstructions with a soft bottom and no hard banks.. Easy access with a great ramp and very limited deep water to cross. And large enough to operate safely.

Had a blast and limited risk.


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