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TURBINE AIRBOAT

Post by Lwells » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:40 pm

I was looking at the post of the southern women and Airboats and what got my OLD MAN attention was the post with the Turbine engine in an Airboat. One guy made request for information about it but never got any answers or either I missed it and I too wanted to know about it so I thought I would go this way instead of going on that thread like the other guy for I could tell by him not getting an answer that no one else seen the engine but him and I,LOL. So, would someone tell us about the turbine boat and whether it worked out and was controllable for I know that turbines will only slow to a certain rpm and would be way faster than an idle on a regular airboat. I had interest in doing an engine like that but wasn't sure how to control it in an airboat for the experimental turbine helicopters I've fooled with would start spooling up the rotor system right after starting so I wondered if there was anything built to go between the turbine engine and prop like a clutch assy that could be engaged and disengaged to control prop speed. Experimental Helicopters had a clutch but the turbine would run so fast at their lowest speed that the clutch always stayed partially engaged but locked in fully before the turbine settled into its low speed. So, someone tell me about this boat.

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Post by airduds » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:42 pm

Turbines spool up and down too slowly to be a good choice for a normal airboat. But here you go:

http://marineturbine.com/turbine-powered-airboats/

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Post by Joe » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:35 pm

I think I know the boat your talking about. If it is and I remember right they had an adjustable prop that they could flatten out for slower speeds.
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Post by One Eyed Gator » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:39 am

Way back there was a few pics of a small red boat with a turbine on it. Go t the gallery and do a search "turbine" there are 3 pics of it. cool little boat.
Also a pic or two of a very nice looking lady of the boat.

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Post by Waggs » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:32 pm

That little turbine boat was throttled by the pedal increasing pitch and decreasing pitch. The turbine ran at a constant speed.
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Post by Sniper » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:28 am

boy I wonder what that twin Turbine boat cost, I bet it was crazy expensive
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Post by Stuart Duncan » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:10 pm

Hi Sniper,

My name is Stuart Duncan, I'm with Marine Turbine Technologies. We manufacture many different types of equipment using turbine engines as the driver. Turbines are a great power plant for airboats. You will not find any other type of engine that can produce the thrust as our engine packages can. We have hp ranges from 320hp up to 5,000hp. Let me know if you have any questions.

That is our boat in the previous post with twin 1,500hp turbines with 10ft propellers producing combined thrust of 10,000lbs. We have done many smaller airboat packages with 420hp and 650hp. We just completed one for a customer that has 650hp that makes over 1,600 ftlbs of torque. This engine only weighs 230lbs. See below.

Visit our site for more information. http://www.marineturbine.com
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Post by Uhairball » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:56 pm

Stuart, can you post some video links of this customer's boat in action?
What is the smallest boat you could put a turbine on, and what price range are you looking at?
If the boat got submerged, would the turbine be rebuildable?
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Post by Stuart Duncan » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:11 pm

I will post some footage as soon as I return to my office.

The smallest we have done to date was a 13ft Klien hull with 420hp-550ftlb of tourqe. That engine weighs 130lbs. Weight to hp was unreal. This boat is a blast drive.

If these engines where to go underwater while not running we recommend flushing oil through a few times and you shouldn't have a problem. If it where running when it hits the water it would most probably need to be taken apart and or overhauled.

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Post by Stuart Duncan » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:44 pm

Below is a link to a video of one of our boats working with a 10,500lb track machine for one of the local power companies.

http://marineturbine.com/super-airboat- ... solutions/

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Re: TURBINE AIRBOAT

Post by Bonefish » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:11 pm

Once I saw the Y2K it all makes sense :D Saw the first one a Daytona Bike week, a while ago. Jay Leno has one of those :shock: :cheers:

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