Mini

Airboats with smaller powerplants.
Bwit
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Mini

Postby Bwit » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:26 am

Hello all, New to the site. I'm from Michigan and I'm looking to build a small air boat for ice fishing. I was curious as to what could be the smallest engine I could get away with for one man and ice fishing gear. Probably have about 500 lbs of person and gear plus the weight of an aluminum boat with hyfax bottom. Any info would be greatly appreciated as im completely new to air boats. Thanks!

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OneBFC
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Re: Mini

Postby OneBFC » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:11 pm

(Hp × 4) / total loaded weight > 0.5

That formula is a rough guide for a general all purpose vessel that runs various conditions.

The larger you go above 0.5 the more capable the boat will be. The opposite holds true as well.

I know ice is very slick, so lower values may work fine if you restrict boat usage to only that use case and don't ask it to climb banks etc.

Lots of good info on this forum if you do some searching.

Good luck!
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Bwit
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Re: Mini

Postby Bwit » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:58 pm

Thank you very much!

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Re: Mini

Postby sanshandaobojue » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:09 pm

Look at my post, I am building mini airboat, for 1 or 2 people.

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Re: Mini

Postby Scotts98rt » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:57 am

Where at in mich, I have a mini airboat I made for ice fishing. If you want to take a look. Also harbor freight has 22hp predators on sale til the end of month 100.00 off with cupon.

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Re: Mini

Postby Scotts98rt » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:58 am

Where at in mich, I have a mini airboat I made for ice fishing. If you want to take a look. Also harbor freight has 22hp predators on sale til the end of month 100.00 off with cupon.I'm near port huron area.

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Re: Mini

Postby freshwaterhunter » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:47 am

i am a saginaw bay guy i started with the jon boat not very stable and not built to take the beating from the ice i built my own hull 12.6 x 5 125 th aluminum 1/4 poly i have a belt reduction 540 srv yamaha sled motor for power do your research miniariboatassoc. has good info on the mini builds scotts98rt what did you build how is it in deep snow

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Re: Mini

Postby Scotts98rt » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:52 pm

14 jon boat.it's a pig in deep snow. Doing a motor upgrade with a gear reduction and adjustable 3 blade prop.


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