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vinage canadian airboats

Post by grey owl » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:16 pm

I hope it isn't out of line to post this video link in this forum since they aren't really airboats. but it is a bit of my local history and I figure you might get a kick out of the horse drawn wagon with the Florida or bust sign on it. 1962
[youtube][https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi3tOoDc4m8/youtube]


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Post by scrambletown » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:38 pm

looked like air-boats to me. pretty cool.
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Post by helicsher » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:49 pm

Bad to the bone!
100 mph that's crazy if you pulled up to Crossroads in one of those you would be the coolest guy in the glades
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Post by grey owl » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:18 pm

just for the record, that's 100 plus on snow, after 130 (mph) they feel like they are about to swap ends. We probably never get over 35-40 on water. I've seen those race boats you guys build, they blow my mind

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Post by JohnnyBravo » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:39 pm

Looks like fun

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Post by harsensmarshrat » Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:55 pm

Neat, eh.

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Post by mc1253 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:45 pm

That is cool as hell, I've been dying to try my boat on the lake but I have sleds n I worry about the fiberglass hull in the cold. It creaks like an old staircase when I hop in it to start it once a month in the deep freeze up here.
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Post by armadillo77 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:50 am

Very cool. :old_glory: :rebel:

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Post by GeeLeDouche » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:57 am

Those are a smaller, scaled down version of what we do out here in Utah.

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Post by JohnnyBravo » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:45 am

Had to look twice to figure out which 1 was the Florida boat!! Lmfao. I'm guessing the Florida boat
is the one with the full cage....duhhh ima idiot lol. I think all the ice confused me lol

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Post by grey owl » Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:52 pm

kind of cool how everything evolves. In the early 70's we came up our new shape once fiberglass was a little more main stream the pointed bow helps with coming out of the water on to the ice when the ice is all broken up and the round on the sides stopped our boats from flipping. the early ones were nicknamed hookers because it was easy to catch an edge and flip.
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Post by pierson skunkape » Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:41 pm

That's an airboat fosho...looks scarry fun.... :bblue: :rebel: :florida:

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Post by Gary S » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:11 am

You guys never thought to put a guard around the prop?

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Post by grey owl » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:32 am

some do have guards but I've never run one on my boats for a couple reasons. our seats are very low, about 2 inches off the bottom of the boat so when your in it, its like being in a cockpit unlike you guys being up high right in front. someone builds one every couple years and keeps running into the same problem water spray and wet snow freezes to them while you are driving and ultimately breaks off the cage and goes through the prop eventually causing some pretty major damage. we also run mostly if not wholly on the ice/water/lake so there isn't trees braches or swamp grass to worry about.
We also have constant carb freezing issues so we run heat boxes of headers for our air intake.

for what its worth I do know that its time to come up with a cage that works but we just don't have one yet.
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Post by Gary S » Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:42 am

Never thought about the ice issue. You could run a ecotech and pipe hot water thru it.

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Post by Dr.Dan » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:45 pm

Cool video!

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Post by GeeLeDouche » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:43 pm

grey owl wrote:some do have guards but I've never run one on my boats for a couple reasons. our seats are very low, about 2 inches off the bottom of the boat so when your in it, its like being in a cockpit unlike you guys being up high right in front. someone builds one every couple years and keeps running into the same problem water spray and wet snow freezes to them while you are driving and ultimately breaks off the cage and goes through the prop eventually causing some pretty major damage. we also run mostly if not wholly on the ice/water/lake so there isn't trees braches or swamp grass to worry about.
We also have constant carb freezing issues so we run heat boxes of headers for our air intake.

for what its worth I do know that its time to come up with a cage that works but we just don't have one yet.
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Those are almost exactly the same reasons most of us don't run full cages. We sit 10+ feet ahead of our motors so it isn't as dangerous for us to not have a full cage. and we don't have any trees or limbs to worry about so that isn't a factor for us. and most of us like to keep our boats in the garage and we couldn't fit them in if we had full cages.
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Post by Bob in Canada » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:56 pm

I think the " scoot" type Georgian Bay Ontario airboat predates the Florida airboats . First ride I took in an airboat was with a guy named Harvey Arnold a Georgian Bay airboating living legend . One ride and I was hooked .
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