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Building a 70k airboat

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue May 21, 2019 8:00 am

Can someone show me the numbers on how anyone can spend 70k building an airboat.

Specs can be a production welded poly open hull of 14ft

LS motor of course since they are the new rage.

3 Blade Props

Stainless Rigging

Paint or Powder coat

Seat covers

Electrical wiring

Battery(s)

Guages

Guage Panel

Throttle Pedal

Teleflex to rudders

Teleflex to Carb

Bow light(usually come w hull) Stern Light

I'm having a hard time understanding how anyone can spend that much money building an airboat

Do these things depreciate or keep stupid value even after being used for a year?
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by digginfool » Tue May 21, 2019 8:51 am

Rich Andrews wrote:Can someone show me the numbers on how anyone can spend 70k building an airboat.

Specs can be a production welded poly open hull of 14ft - $7,000

LS motor of course since they are the new rage. - $15,000

Gearbox - $3,800

3 Blade Props - $3,000

Stainless Rigging - $2,500

Paint or Powder coat - $1,500

Seat covers - $1,500, including shells

Electrical wiring

Battery(s)

Guages - $500

Guage Panel -

Throttle Pedal - $75

Teleflex to rudders - $350

Teleflex to Carb - $200

Bow light(usually come w hull) Stern Light

I'm having a hard time understanding how anyone can spend that much money building an airboat

Do these things depreciate or keep stupid value even after being used for a year?
Plus a whole bunch of other odds and ends that run $300 - 500 each. Finally, the man building the boat has to make money, too so there is labor, overhead and profit as well. A buddy of mine recently bought pretty much what you described from DB and his was around $46,000 out the door. The $70K variety probably has a lot more HP, much nicer paint, and a lot of other items but the parts I listed above added up to over $35,000 and there's a lot left to do. I'm certainly no expert but I've priced much of the stuff already for myself as well as talking with friends so not too far off base. Like any other high priced toy, depreciation is a killer. Definitely not an investment.
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue May 21, 2019 9:09 am

a 7k hull w poly includes profit as well as every other part you listed. The rigging is more for sure I'm in the wrong line of work
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue May 21, 2019 9:10 am

PS show me them odds n ends that are 3 to 500 each
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Keeth1123 » Tue May 21, 2019 9:29 am

I have seen them for sale but I have been happy with my 12k boat and was worried to spend that much on a boat lol

That thing better have wings and be able to fly to square pond instead of run to it
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue May 21, 2019 9:35 am

I hear you... my first deckover with a 470 was 5500 with a trailer and a new wood prop. It took me everywhere I wanted to go.
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by unforgiven11B » Tue May 21, 2019 10:03 am

Complete Stainless cage, engine stand and rigging will run you in the $8k-$9k, depending on LS power plant $7500-$24k+, take a
Look at some of the shops like DB, GTO etc. labor is usually around $100-$115 an hour
Add 2500-3000 for random powder coat
$1500+ seadek/non skid. 1200-1500 maybe more on gauges, breakers, heat shrink.

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Seven3 » Tue May 21, 2019 10:48 am

You’re forgetting some big dollar items....trailer, rudders, braided stainless lines, etc. A boat that nice is going to be sitting on a nice trailer, figure 3-4K. Rudders are another $400. Stainless lines get pricey. Diggin has a few nice boats (including that beautiful 12’ Thurman I sold him that he’s finishing) so he knows, and he is right...the $300-500 items keep adding up. The days of picking up a nice boat for 15k are gone. 15k will get you something respectable, but you won’t be the envy at the swimming hole anymore.

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue May 21, 2019 11:08 am

Ooh ya, forgot that seadek stuff lol I hear ya
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by radtech » Tue May 21, 2019 11:22 am

...then there's the use of aircraft aluminum rigging. That's pretty high as well

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Seven3 » Tue May 21, 2019 11:37 am

Those big name production boats get expensive fast. Even building a little grass boat is expensive these days:

13’ Benny Webb hull with storage bins - 11000
Trailer - 2500
Rigging - 2500
Straight Valve 540 - 13000
Prop - 2000
Rudders - 400
Gauges/wiring - 1500
Seats - 200
Paint - 2000

So you’re looking at 35k to build a brand new BASIC riveted grass boat. And I know I forgot some things on that list. That’s with a plain paint job, plastic seats, conduit rigging and a carbureted straight valve 540. If you want fancy paint, an angle valve, fuel injection, electronic ignition, stainless rigging...it’s pretty easy to get an ol’ Grass boat up to 45k.

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by keebo » Tue May 21, 2019 12:04 pm

I can tell you my first boat was 3500, old 220 on a worn out trailmaker hull, since then I have built several. The boat I have now is a decent looking boat but it can add up fast. The only labor I paid was a buddy to build the SS rigging since he needed the work and with that not even included here were my costs.

Rebuilt 0540- 9500
3Blade Prop- 2600
New aluminum hull with poly, grass rake and walk boards-7k
SS for rigging- 3200
Rudders-350
Gastank-335
Used aluminum trailer-1500
Tach-150
Guages-400
Air ride kit for SS-750
Bilge pump-55
LED light bars and cubes-75
Nav. lights-50
Glo whip-90
Panel switches- 160
Perko switch for batteries- 60
Wiring and connectors-100
Paint and associated prep supplies for gas tank rudders and hull- 1000
Coating for inside of hull- 350
seat shells and cushions-350
shorty muffler headers-600
teleflex cable-200
engine shroud- 150
gas pedal-50
oil cooler and lines-350
Total cost to build my aircraft powered boat without paying for any labor and buying some used items- $29,325.00 :shock:
It aint cheap for sure, now if it was a car motor that cost can go way upppp.
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by kwanjangnihm » Tue May 21, 2019 1:29 pm

Rich I need that $70K up front to start your build :D
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue May 21, 2019 2:31 pm

Imagine someone saying I need 50% down and here's 35k no way in hell but to each their own. Im jealous of these guys who seem to be printing money nowadays
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Striker543 » Tue May 21, 2019 2:53 pm

My guess is a lot has to do with people being able to finance new boats. Not many people are paying cash for 200k center consoles either.

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue May 21, 2019 3:17 pm

Seen a kid the other day at a marina filling up his new quads on his new contender...HS graduation present! 300k boat
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Post by digginfool » Tue May 21, 2019 3:36 pm

Rich Andrews wrote:Seen a kid the other day at a marina filling up his new quads on his new contender...HS graduation present! 300k boat
I can assure you a new Contender with quad anything is going to be well north of $300K. I'm looking at 32 foot used Contenders (3 - 4 years old) with twin 350s and they're going for $225 - 265K. If it had quads, probably the 39 because the most I've seen on a 36 are triples. JS

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Lwells » Tue May 21, 2019 8:00 pm

What I'm trying to understand is if you go out and have a super nice, super fancy, super expensive spit shined Airboat then what use is it to you other than to show off for once you spend that kind of money on an Airboat your hardly going to put it in the water and if you do your going to be scared to death you will put a scratch on it or get it dirty so it what is the point of spending that kind of money to look at it when a picture is shit load cheaper . You get an Airboat you want to use it , go places, see things, have fun so if you got to spend that kind of money for an airboat then why not take the 70 thousand and buy 6 or 8 airboats, different sizes, different props, different engines and have it all and have more fun than you can stand. LOL

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Slidin Gator » Tue May 21, 2019 8:12 pm

Lwells wrote:...buy 6 or 8 airboats, different sizes, different props, different engines and have it all and have more fun than you can stand. LOL
That don't sound like fun to me, way above my personnel toy limit. I'd never get to use the 3-4 running airboats because I'm too busy working on the 3-4 that don't run right.

Nope, every time I get rid of a toy, the wife has to get rid of a purse, it's a win-win for me. On the plus side, it's starting to look like I'm gonna have to buy her a new purse later this year. Boat plus purse is gonna come in well under $70K. :cheers:
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by flcracker9 » Wed May 22, 2019 7:37 am

Different strokes for different folks as they say. I understand a lot of folks don't have the means/ability/room to build and work on their own boats, but in my case, I take a lot of pride in the fact that I build most of my own stuff, from my airboats to my trucks and cars. I make a pretty decent living, and can afford to farm the work out, but take pride when I get I get a compliment on my rageddy 20 year old airboat that has never seen a shop (with the exception of sending the mags out to be rebuilt). Nothing wrong with buying a high dollar airboat, but that's just not me, it costs plenty just to do it yourself.
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by Lwells » Wed May 22, 2019 7:47 am

I hope I'm not getting misunderstood for yes it is fine to be able and to have a 70,000 dollar Airboat but my point is, I hope your healthy enough to get it out and run it for a heart attack is lurking in the distant future if you do run it." You know what I mean Vern"

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by SWAMPHUNTER45 » Wed May 22, 2019 7:57 am

That Contender is a beautiful boat, shame it doesn't have Yamaha power at that price.
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Rich Andrews wrote:Seen a kid the other day at a marina filling up his new quads on his new contender...HS graduation present! 300k boat
I can assure you a new Contender with quad anything is going to be well north of $300K. I'm looking at 32 foot used Contenders (3 - 4 years old) with twin 350s and they're going for $225 - 265K. If it had quads, probably the 39 because the most I've seen on a 36 are triples. JS

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by krazymatt » Wed May 22, 2019 9:17 pm

Lwells wrote:What I'm trying to understand is if you go out and have a super nice, super fancy, super expensive spit shined Airboat then what use is it to you other than to show off for once you spend that kind of money on an Airboat your hardly going to put it in the water and if you do your going to be scared to death you will put a scratch on it or get it dirty so it what is the point of spending that kind of money to look at it when a picture is shit load cheaper . You get an Airboat you want to use it , go places, see things, have fun so if you got to spend that kind of money for an airboat then why not take the 70 thousand and buy 6 or 8 airboats, different sizes, different props, different engines and have it all and have more fun than you can stand. LOL
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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by ffjpowell » Thu May 23, 2019 9:37 pm

Diggin. Look at a yellowfin for that price. Way better ride. My .02

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Re: Building a 70k airboat

Post by digginfool » Fri May 24, 2019 12:13 pm

ffjpowell wrote:Diggin. Look at a yellowfin for that price. Way better ride. My .02

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