New Boat Build

A general, non-powerplant specific, discussion on airboat technology, ie., hulls, rigging, polymer, etc..
BlowInIt
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 1627
Joined: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:07 pm
Location: Melbourne

Re: New Boat Build

Post by BlowInIt » Thu May 31, 2012 11:48 am

Mike- BigCountry on here is running a 76" three blade R with a W/T 418 FI on a similar hull like u built and he loves it. Before that he had a longer maybe 82" I want to say 3 blade R, but he likes the snap the shorter prop gave him... but he is a racer too.

Dave has done more testing then anyone, I would just ask him.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:34 pm

Transom almost done!
Attachments
2012-06-02 14_opta.jpg
2012-06-02 14_opta.jpg (82.41 KiB) Viewed 4365 times
2012-06-02 14_opt.jpg
2012-06-02 14_opt.jpg (87.15 KiB) Viewed 4365 times
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
BigJakesrq
Site Supporter - VIII
Site Supporter - VIII
Posts: 3548
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:06 am
Location: Sarasota, Florida

Re: New Boat Build

Post by BigJakesrq » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:22 pm

Man that's a good looking hull. If the your rigging turns out half as good as your hull did you'll have a badazz boat brother.

scrambletown
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 4448
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:16 pm
Location: SCRAMBLETOWN, FL

Re: New Boat Build

Post by scrambletown » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:47 pm

would like to know what it weighs boat only?
read for life
philippians 4-13
john 3-16
deuteronomy 22-5
leviticus 20-13
luke 6-37

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:59 pm

scrambletown wrote:would like to know what it weighs boat only?
I'm not sure, have no way to weigh it. Two people can carry it pretty easy.
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:04 pm

Well I have secured my prop, 80" 4 blade R. Should be here next week.
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
ptr34
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 2836
Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:29 pm
Location: plant city

Re: New Boat Build

Post by ptr34 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:04 pm

Will have the R hsnd NGR out by timevu need it
if u don't run dry .then should have gotten a bassboat
tons videos on YouTube ptr34

User avatar
HuntingBigun
Site Supporter - VIII
Site Supporter - VIII
Posts: 6272
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:39 pm
Location: Plant City, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by HuntingBigun » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:14 pm

Looking great, should run sweet :thumbleft: :thumbleft: :thumbleft: :thumbleft:
Bigun

http://www.krvsa.com

http://krvsa.com/product/airboat-raffle-tickets/


Click for pics = http://www.flickr.com/photos/huntingbigun/

Killin Time 15.6 Diamondback Deckover Mast 808 Hp SC LS 7 /KRVSA /NRA

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:38 pm

One step closer, ordered my 2.68 Rotator gearbox today. Should be here Monday!
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:07 am

Update: The pace has slowed some, we flipped the hull over and finished tig welding the hull, I decided to powder coat the hull so polymer will have to wait. Prop has arrived as well as my new Rotator gear box. Now I just need someone to buy my GSO-540 boat so I can order my motor! I did find a LS3 block I can use for mock up though. Just need to get my headers and radiator for mock up too.
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
junglecat
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 1429
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:08 pm
Location: Hernando

Re: New Boat Build

Post by junglecat » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:42 pm

Don't know what your horsepower numbers will be but, I liked the 3 blade over the 4 . Better all around performance for my application.
Attachments
JC_Big_Blue_2.jpg
JC_Big_Blue_2.jpg (83.56 KiB) Viewed 4124 times
Jungle Cat2 2012 Panther Thunder 14'x7'9"/ LiL John Rigging
Larry Smith built 427 SBC
2.68 Ox Box
82" 3 blade R
Citrus County Airboat Alliance Member

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:18 pm

junglecat wrote:Don't know what your horsepower numbers will be but, I liked the 3 blade over the 4 . Better all around performance for my application.
I should be a little over 600hp. I went ahead with the 4 blade since I found a good used one.

I notice your boat is black, is it powder coated? I am thinking about powder coating my hull black but I am worried about the heat. Is that a problem with your hull?
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:25 pm

Does anyone have any suggestions where to get a good price on a center console with gauges and a wiring harness?
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
skinny99
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 1182
Joined: Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:20 pm
Location: Deltona, FL

Re: New Boat Build

Post by skinny99 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:35 pm

http://alumitech.net/shop-here/#ecwid:c ... ct=1672933

This one is very solid and clean looking.
Successful people do what others won't or can't!

Barry830
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 107
Joined: Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:03 am
Location: La Vernia, Texas

Re: New Boat Build

Post by Barry830 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:51 am

The hull is looking great........think you should design and build your own center console. After building that hull, building a console should be a piece of cake.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:00 am

Barry830 wrote:The hull is looking great........think you should design and build your own center console. After building that hull, building a console should be a piece of cake.
Yea, the console is no problem, I just hate all the wiring. It is a whole lot easier to use a pre-wired console with a wire loom.
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

C1gator
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 2245
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:01 pm
Location: Williston, Florida

Re: New Boat Build

Post by C1gator » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:22 pm

Boat is looking great....Nice meeting you....

User avatar
techelp3215436655
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:31 am

Re: New Boat Build

Post by techelp3215436655 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:21 pm

GTSIO-520 wrote:Ok, thanks to everyone who offered help on my previous post, "IGSO-540 or LS3" http://www.southernairboat.com/phpBB3/v ... 85&t=45091 . I have decided on the LS3, or at least a car motor at this point and I have started building the hull. I will start posting pictures as we go. The hull will be 14'x 7'9" or 8'. It has a 60" wide flat bottom. The rigging will be aluminum.
I know there are a lot of people and manufactures that use aluminum in the metal work and some are beautiful using round square and all kinds of shapes but when it comes down to the over all weight the aluminum will be much heaver, if you want it to hold up then it's still marginal, stainless is much stronger easier and looks just as good using polished and buffed material about 50lbs. more than 16 gage steel. last thing I would do is aluminum 29yrs. of 6 days a week air boat manufacturing and sales never built one we new better.free tec8668075354 air boat dave.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:29 am

What header should I use? Long tube or short tube? Short is easier to put exhaust on but aren't LT better for power ant torque?
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:15 pm

helms24 wrote:I think the long tube looks better...jmo
Yea, the long tube definitely win the cool factor. I am leaning toward the LT.
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:39 am

It's official, I have committed to an engine. Just sent my deposit to Dave for one of his LS3 418c.i. motors.
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:05 pm

It's been awhile since my last update, things moving a little slow but that's ok. The engine stand is done and we are working on the cage now.
Attachments
2012-08-09 17_opt(3).jpg
2012-08-09 17_opt(3).jpg (33.3 KiB) Viewed 3685 times
2012-08-09 17_opt(2).jpg
2012-08-09 17_opt(2).jpg (95.85 KiB) Viewed 3685 times
2012-08-09 17_opt(1).jpg
2012-08-09 17_opt(1).jpg (33.13 KiB) Viewed 3685 times
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:51 pm

Oh yea, I got the motor too!
Attachments
2012-08-16 19_opt(1).jpg
2012-08-16 19_opt(1).jpg (82.2 KiB) Viewed 3606 times
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

JWOOD
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:54 pm

Re: New Boat Build

Post by JWOOD » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:46 pm

Who broke all your aluminum for you? Is there anyone out there that would sell me the same type in kit form?
I have a pattern/design to start mine, but I'm having trouble finding aluminum dealers in my area who even carry
5086 or even a sheet 20 foot long.

User avatar
GTSIO-520
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:19 pm
Location: Sarasota, FL
Contact:

Re: New Boat Build

Post by GTSIO-520 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:57 pm

Everything was made in my friends press brake and the T-bars were rolled in a power roller. Not sure where you could get a "kit". Everything you see here was custom made.
14'x8' Fast Eddie Alum. Hull, Alum. Rigging, 418ci Chevy LS3, 2.68 Rotator, 80" 4 Blade R.

12'x7'6" Hamant, Stainless Rigging, GTSIO-520, 72" Power Shift.

Post Reply

Return to “Airboat Tech”