Jon boat to airboat

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Jon boat to airboat

Postby wrongway » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:01 pm

I'm new to this group and think this is the place to get a good
and honest answer.
I have a 14x48 Jon boat right now it's a mud boat/river long
tail shaft I want to convert it to a mini air boat I'm thinking of a 15-20HP
Predator or something on that order.
Any advice is welcomed.
Thank you
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Re: Jon boat to airboat

Postby OneBFC » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:16 pm

Man...your forum name is spot on imo.

However, jokes aside, its really not the way to go if you want an airboat.

Budget really dictates what options you have. second to that is what do you want to do with your airboat.

But, for sure, dont waste your time with that jon boat hull.
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Re: Jon boat to airboat

Postby glades cat » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:43 pm

Airboats can be tippy. Engines mounted high and prop torque affect this. 48" is not a very wide hull.
A Jon boat with an airprop is not an airboat. Same as a bicycle with an engine is not a motorcycle.
If you're determined to build it you'll find its limitations quickly.
Just trying to steer you in the right direction.
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Re: Jon boat to airboat

Postby SWAMPHUNTER45 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:00 am

Well stated and great advice Glades!

Real simple.....you would be better off keeping the MudBuddy rather than try to use a 20hp lawnmower engine to push the same hull with air

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Re: Jon boat to airboat

Postby AceNtheHole » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:03 am

I built one a few years back. The hull was 14x36 and it worked just fine. I think 14x48 would be even better. I bought a 2 stroke ultra-lite engine from a company called '2 stroke International'. Weighed less than 100 lbs. Has a 3 blade composite prop, with ground adjustable pitch blocks. It ran 28 mph with one person and loaded with duck hunting gear.

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Re: Jon boat to airboat

Postby OneBFC » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:01 pm

it can be done, but friends dont let friends build "airboats" out of narrow beam John boats.

the mudmotor will be cheaper to run and go same places that a low power air driven john boat will and do it more safely.

Think hard about it before sinking money into this path.

Budget, then what do you want to do with it.

That is first step. If you answer that, then i think you will get more valuable feedback here.
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Re: Jon boat to airboat

Postby THE NIGHT RIDER » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:55 am

Whats the use ,a jonboat is for the water ,so run a go devil or mud puppy ,an airboat is for runnin dry wen needed gettin into tight skinny water ,loading up all huntingear coolers and beer and heading out . Jmo u will waste your time on a jonboat hull ,i would look for a cheap airboat hull and build one peice atta time till u have a real airboat not a conversion ,

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