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Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:37 pm
by coondog123
Aluminum 14" hull deep sides.
330 hp/350 GMC
2.09 Stinger Gear Box
AB-300 Stump Puller Prop
SS rigging (noted for weight purposes)
Specs shows weighs 575 lbs but not sure if that is total weight of just hull or hull and rigging.

Here is my situation. I like the boat, it is safe in deep water and that is where I operate most of the time. But I would like to know if I pointed it somewhere it would either go or tear something up trying. I saw all these pictures of boats parked on a hill and wonder how far I would have to walk from the waters edge to get to the hill. lol

Here is the problem. I would have no problem going to a 383/450 hp engine if that was the simple answer. But then I would need a different gear box either in the 2.39 or 2.68 range. Then a new prop. No one said air boating was this complicated. lol Do we all agree that any change out of the motor, gearbox or prop alone would just make me have to upgrade the other two components.

Maybe I should just stick to deep water and leave the hill to my ATV.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:47 pm
by akblackdawg
it should, but you need to try it and see. do you have any gravel bars at any place you run. gravel is like ball bearings, easy to run dry on. mud is sticky, the worse place you can be, hard to get out of, most likely you will be stopped by mud. run it in shallow, that is what airboats are for, if you can't run shallow, and a little dry, just get a bass boat. in place where beach is gradual, run onto beach and keep momentum up so if boat is slowing down you can cut back into water, and carry some recovery gear with you. minimum of a come-a-long and rope, i carry a chainsaw winch, but we are often all alone up here. try running the hill where there are people to help you when you get stuck, test the limits safely.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:04 pm
by SteveReid
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15' Diamondback deep side 30" rake 330 hp SBC 2.38 gear box with 3 80" Sensenich props with a spray system and I go anywhere I want to go. I would think you could do the same if your props are the right setup. I hardly use my spray system. I have the same mixture in it from over a month ago, I use it in green grass most of the time or if I running a long ways dry. I have lots of video running dry on my youtube channel. Hope this helps.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:01 pm
by coondog123
Thanks Guys. My boat looks a lot like Seve's with the walk around and all that. I have different prop and mine is not as shiney. lol

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:33 pm
by skinnypockets
As for weight your engine and gearbox probably will be close to 575 pounds. If your engine is right you should be able to run some dry ground. Like akblackdawg said, try a little at the time until you get stuck and you will what it will do. The sprayer is a big help even if you don't always need it.
:rebel: :florida: :old_glory:

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:50 pm
by FLGC4H2O
Yes it will.

You don't need a new engine you just need to try it-
Try changing the pitch on the prop for a different result.
Get your hands dirty and get into Airboating it's what it's all about.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:55 pm
by Lwells
Now, you guys got me wondering, I just bought a 15' Hamant aluminum deep hull with a 470 angle valve continental with sensenitch prop but got to get back with you on the size, etc. Seems to have gobs of power but I was warned to keep it in the water by the guy who sold it but he wasn't the owner but seemed very, very knowledgeable about airboats but I never , but should have ask him what I would have to do to run it dry. I was planning on putting quick-slick on the bottom rather than stripping the hull to turn it over and put poly on it but I'm not a Wildman anymore so it wont be run on rocks, much if any sand so I guessed the quick-slick would get me by. From what little bit of time I spent with the guy i bought it from I firmly believe him but would like to get some opinions about what I might do to run it dry but not climb hills and etc. I wish now that I had ask him.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:12 am
by LoxStroker383
I have a 14' DB like SteveReid, but I do have the 383 and 2.38 box. I went to freedom ride this weekend and first time to try the ridge. I was nervous because I have never done it, but my boat went up to the top like butter. I got some cool pics for the first time.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:44 am
by CJB0470
I just bought a 15ft boat witha 0470d and a 72in Power Shift prop. This boat is amazing! I use it for tours and guided fishing trips and it will run dry. That being said it's not a hill burner but I can cross the levie and get back to the water when the trail dries up.and it has a stainless steel bottom with nothing on it. :florida:

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:26 am
by Lwells
Well, you all can correct me if I'm wrong but the prop is a 72'' I-BEAM SENSENICH carbon fiber but I looked at the title last night and it is a 16' boat instead of a 15' so I told it wrong but now maybe you can look at this post plus my other one and make some since of it and tell me what you think. That's all I could find on the prop other than the sticker showing settings, Ft labs on bolts and the words patent pending.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:40 am
by airjohn81
i had a 454 (400hp/400?tq) 2.09 stinger an 3 blade stump puller w ss riggin... boat was 18' though and wouldnt run dry for CRAP !!!!! changed gear box and added more pitch.... BYE BYE !!! drive that sum bitch down the road !!! the small block should like rpm's a lil more than the bbc i had.. but just in my novice opinion .... need a 2.38...
:old_glory: :florida: :rebel:

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:25 pm
by akblackdawg
measure the width of those sensi props at widest point, and people will tell you what blade it is

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:58 pm
by jopete
alot of people are unhappy with their boat performance on dry ground. instead of throwing money at it, tune your hull!!!!!

a little round in the bottom will do wonders. it will make you go from i hate my boat to i love my boat.

Re: Should this boat run dry.

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:53 am
by GeeLeDouche
In my uneducated opinion, yes it should run dry without to much of a problem at all. Ive been in 4 cylinder aircraft boats that run dry in FL. I think that combo would be fantastic for what you want it to do.