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Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:41 am
by Gangreen
East Lake Toho. Mid 90's. Can't do it now. You can but no fun.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:54 am
by LSX1
Lake Seminole GA. 1981 a 10'x6' aluminum homebuilt with a 22R Toyota Eng, that at the age of 16 I worked and paid for myself.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:39 pm
by dblj006
Okeechobee

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:47 pm
by airjohn81
OL FIBERGLASS TUB W A 0470 IN THE GREAT OL FLYIN EAGLE... STILL NEED REHAB !!! ADDICTED FOR LIFE !!!
:old_glory: :florida: :rebel:

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:11 pm
by PAINKILLER
Small marsh 10 min away ol glass hull

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:32 pm
by Hambone79
Good ole lake kiss on a 10' peanut hull with a p90 on it. sank that boat twice first weekend out by myself was a trip to remember and have owned an airboat ever since.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:25 pm
by nunook
Palmdale , but the WPB catchment is still one of my favorite rides

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:31 pm
by Bob1120
1976 area 2 put in at the stub canal and frogged until day light. When I got back the windshield on my van had been broken out, they stole my fishing rod and tackel. It was a cold ride home. It was still one of the best times in my life.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:41 pm
by CJB0470
1998 Area 2a peanut Gore with an 0290. I miss that boat!!!

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:42 pm
by AceNtheHole
1981. Put in at 40 mb in 3a south. Ran the inside trail towards the tower where I promptly hit a tree and caved in the starboard side of my PB hull. Continued on to the east west canal toward the end of the L-28 levee where I began taking on water from the damage. Ended up sinking it at the middle plug just east of what is now the G General camp. Luckily some good Samaritan in a buggy came along on the levee and pulled my boat out and we continued on our way.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:50 pm
by flcracker9
tdarr wrote:West Palm Beach water catchment area.
Dang-it man, forgot all about that place. Rode that area a few times back in the early eighties. Did a little huntin out there also. A childhood buddy of mine leased the old Frolic's Gator Farm after it closed down, where Ibis is now. We used to hunt the gator farm, and sneak into the catchment area from the west.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:38 pm
by EvanC86
Went out to 3A with my. Good buddy 6 years ago had only ever been on a tour ride on an air boat before went out riding stopped at a bunch of camps and the swimming hole on the way back my buddy decided that he had too much to drink any told me to. Drive back to the ramp from the swimming hole. Was almost better than sex! After we got back to the ramp I told my buddy thanks you just screwed me put of atleast 5k because I have to have one. Two months later I bought that same boat from my buddy and have been running it at Okeechobee and 3A ever since. I discovered a broken stringer in my hull about a year ago and since then have taken my. Boat completely apart and currently just started to make all new rigging and can't wait to get it all put back together to test out the new 72'' NGQ prop after always swinging a wood paddle prop I'm very anxious to see how she slides with this new prop and after the rigging is all new and set up the way I think. I want it.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:05 am
by mixedbag
Bruce wrote:between turkey point and addison canal on the st johns river on a 13 foot nickhopper with a 220
I started in Kissimmee late 80's but had the same set up 13' knickhopper ,220 ,72x36 paddle you

couldn't walk to back of boat without water coming over transom, also

first place I had an accident drunk broad sided me in Gardner's marsh.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:36 pm
by K-mac
Trail from Florence to middle river. They didn't tell me ya had to throttle it to get around the turns,
it was a wild ride. (late 70s) :shock:

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:40 pm
by john1edwards
Image

grew up riding 3b 3a

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:38 am
by cycoles
lake josephine early

80s built first boat 14 comby 472 caddie sank it first run turn in to wake throttle stuck be hook every since

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:09 pm
by aherr520
behind the AAOF where are camp still stands from before I could remember

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:50 pm
by Bearsled
Small marsh in Lake County Fl. 1968 on 10ft Glass Slipper C85 Con.
AINT BEEN RIGHT SENSE !!

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:51 pm
by Bearsled
Small marsh in Lake County Fl. 1968 on 10ft Glass Slipper C85 Con.
AINT BEEN RIGHT SENSE !!

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:26 pm
by Prototype
Watched a guy run a piece of plywood with a air motor fabed and bolted to it across a lake when I was 8. Never realized it was Hoffman. Dam what a pic of my memory it would make.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:59 am
by Cutler
AAOF early 70s 4x10 with 90 continental, no starter, hand prop

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:07 am
by flshooter
Lake cypress 1989 ,Kennedy hull o290 Lycoming that burned almost as much oil as gas,1st nite ride my dad was in the cattails pissing off a big gator,we got hung up,he says get off and push ,lol I'm on my 5th boat now,love it :D :D

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:03 pm
by pristinewater
In the 70s 40mi bend and the trail

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:41 am
by Michelle
Really glad to find this website, its been a while and I miss airboating a LOT! First time for me was when I started dating Teddy M. in 1990. We put in at Midway (50) and rode towards 520. We went 3-4 days per week and we ran with a great group of friends (that I also miss). After that relationship went SOUTH.....I became best friends with Jimmy Tyner. He helped me build my first boat in 1995. It was a BAD ASS boat! Nickhopper Hull by Quintin Moore and Booby Hoffman built my engine. The story gets better.....

My first day on my brand new 12' "sparkly hull" w/0540. Jimmy, Bobby and I went to Camp Mack for the weekend. It was either late 95 or early 96. Had to run the dike down to get into the lake, and at that time it was under construction. The dike was very high and not even 5 minutes on my new boat, I was bobbing in the deep canal. :bounce: Thankfully I did not want a bow box cut in, and Tyner dove in and tied my boat up and we pulled it back to Macks and since Bobby was with us, they spent the rest of the day draining all gas and oil and the next day we all rode out and had a blast! Shortly before Jimmy passed away in February 1997, I sold my boat to a guy named Rob....I think? I wish I could remember more but, after Jimmy died I haven't been on a boat but one last time... and that was where we did his ashes south of midway and the props dedicated to him and William who I also known since I was a kid. I found Jimmy dead after just running a couple errands. To this day who that knew him, loved him and I still think of him every single day!
I miss it and have been looking into buying another boat!
If any of my ole buddies are on here, let me know.

Re: The first place you ever ran an Airboat?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:29 am
by mad_mike
On the Little Susitna in 2001. I was hooked. Been through hull and motors since.