Update on our high school airboat project

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CWAIS,
All I can say is Thank You! It is good to see someone investing time, patience and knowledge to our children. And they're not your own I believe. Being send with all the above. Your a big man with compassion! Congrats!!!
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This has been a great thread to follow. Your guys and gals do excellent work and they are lucky to have an instructor like yourself to see them through this project. Keep the pics and video coming. And to think all I was able to build in shop class was a shoeshine box :D
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Hey Chuck, Cool that you're mounting the driving lights inside the cage. Just a suggestion before you make a final decision…
You may also want to consider using, what we call, a frogging hat light. You can direct the beam anywhere, as opposed to the driving lights illuminating only in the direction you're heading. It is really beneficial to the driver. Also, consider fog conditions. The higher you amount the lights, the greater the white-out. Having the lights in front of the driver will also help. Some mount the fixed lights on the grass rake. There are also some real good LED lights available.
Keep up the outstanding work. You're almost done.
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Re: Update on our high school airboat project

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Thanks for all the great comments, we are pretty lucky up here. We have an Administration and School Board that gives us the flexibility to do some really cool stuff. We have to keep thanking our new found airboat community to the north and south because if it wasn't for all of you this project would not be happening.
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I'm not sure what a frogging hat looks like so I'm going to have to look that up, but I did pick up a head light on ebay for 13.99 this last year to try out. I know ( what do you get for 13.99), but these lights are awesome. Comes with a 3000 lum. light, charger and batteries. I have not been able to run the batteries dead in a single night. I used it for running out in the marsh hunting this last year, this is way better than holding a spot light. Do you think we should put in some lower mounting brackets inside the cage also? Don't know if I can afford two more spots right now but then the brackets would be there when I can find some extra cash. A grass rack is not in the plans right now but that might be a future project for a different group of kids. Maybe put some built in LEDS lights in the grass rack.
Keep the great ideas coming.
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Excellent work! We need more high school teachers willing to get students involved in the trades hands on.
I work in the tooling dept. at Premier Pontoon in Wyoming, MN. let me know what marine parts you still need, we have a warehouse full of non-current parts. I bet I could get what you still need donated.

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Monday the trailers main frame was tacked together and on tuesday they got it all welded together.


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Well this last week one of my youth apprenticeship students( who is working at EK Machine in Fall River, Wisconsin) talked to Troy Smith at EK Machine and set up a Donated Powder Coating Job for the engine stand and cage.
Troy called me on friday and asked if I could have it there on Monday morning and pick it up on Wednesday.
You know what I said !!!
Here is a couple of pictures of the students admiring their work all powder coated.
Thank You to Troy and EK Machine


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Couple of pictures of work being done on the trailer.
Figuring out where and how to make up the fenders and there supports.

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Making up the stop for the bow of the boat.

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Primed and painted

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Thanks for following
Painterchic ( Tonia ) get ready for some phone calls, its almost time for wrapping

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You call me whenever you need to Chuck! I'll help you out anyway I can! Bye, I haven't forgotten your "practice" vinyl, I just haven't made it to the PO yet to mail it out...

Looks like you guys made it though the paint part alright, it looks great!
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To Chuck and the Crew..... the cage turned out fantastic.. the trailer looks like it has a better frame than my dump trailer...lotta work got done in a short amount of time... hope to see a video of that lil' rocket rippin' across that snow covered football field like we talked about.. :toothy7: ....I read a few invitations for you guys to haul that project down to central florida for one of the awesome events that will be coming up very soon... we have been blessed with a normal amount of rain in the last two years, after about a ten year draught,,hell the buggies were starting to take over :roll: :roll: ..the water everywhere is up...even too high in a few areas...I cant say enough about this build project and I know a bunch of folks from the swamp state would love to meet some students and their Tireless Instructor...something to think about.... come on down-- the waters fine.... :florida: :usa:

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"...I cant say enough about this build project and I know a bunch of folks from the swamp state would love to meet some students and their Tireless Instructor...something to think about.... come on down-- the waters fine...."

I did some research for you if you're interested...
It's only 1650 miles +/-
Drive time is 26 hrs. +/-
Gas cost $951.00 +/-

These figures are for one way because after you're down here you're not gonna want to go home. Good time to get out of the snow and there is a big ride on Monday after the Broward Co. Airboat Show. Get it together and come on.
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Kids have been really working together this week. We got the front and back supports for the fenders all welded up. Then today they got the covers ( made of aluminium diamond plate) drawn up, cut and filed.


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The price of good fenders are just to much for me right now, so we are going to try and make them.
I have some diamond plate at home so I will bring it in to school and see what we can do ( the cardboard prototype just won't do). We don't have a brake to bend 1/4" aluminium so we are going to have to make one. Noah is milling some one inch thick steel to get things going. He cut the bevel already and he is flattening the point. I will try to post it up when they get finished with it.


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I think when spring break hits that all of you involved with building the boat and your fantastic teacher should all load up with the boat and make a road trip to Florida to try the boat out, a boat that nice needs a good marsh to be run in and I'm sure if you guys come to Florida there will be no shortage of SA members that will show up to help you and show you the ropes on proper Airboat opperation 8) :florida:
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Chuck and crew. You are a fine example of what a school can accomplish to educate and motivate younger men and women. :thumbleft:
I agree on a road trip to South Florida. It would surely be the "icing on the cake" after such hard work on this project. I wouldn't doubt some folks might want to help sponsor such a trip. Thanks again for keeping us updated on your progress.
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with all the go fund sites that are going why couldn't we get one set up for a trip to pay for them to come and stay the week maybe have a place like camp mac or another airboat friendly lodging place donate the rooms for there stay.
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I think Laughmans would be perfect spot and I'm sure there would be lots of folks to help out with that, I would :D we have not had a big project on here since we helped out Bud so this would be a good one
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Ok, I have got to get caught up on some of these pictures. I'm going to start with a big THANK YOU to Travis from the Original Muffler Man Shop down in Florida. I talked with Travis about some turn downs for our exhaust, we were not having very good luck getting them bent without damaging the stainless. So Travis sent up some turn downs, a shirt and a couple of stickers.
Thank You


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Here is a picture of Noah and Matt with the brake the made to bend the fenders.

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Progression of our fenders, we ran into a problem. The Brake that the students made would not work, it was too short for the long bends and too long for the short bends. So we made them old school. We scored the bottoms of the long bends to help them bend in a straight line. Here are the steps we took.

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I love everything about this thread! Very cool project, and something these kids will always remember. Keep up the good work guys!

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Couple more pictures of the trailer


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That is enough for one night Thanks for following!!!

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This is so much fun to check in on in the middle of work...
Can't wait to see the final product!!
When does the snow thaw up there?...i'm figuring june/july?

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These two guys are in charge of getting the axle saddle and fenders done, it should be ready to paint this week.


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This guy here is in charge of of the main frame for the trailer. It is sitting on top of a trailer right now, we just picked it up from EK Machine in Fall River Wisconsin Troy Smith asked if he could do anything else for the project. The picture speaks for it self We dropped it off Tuesday morning and picked it up Wednesday morning.
Thanks EK Machine


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John Hagen up here in wisconsin showed me how to make our P leads waterproof


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Thanks for all the great support and comments everyone, it keeps us moving
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Well we got a couple students started on the wrap, so far things are going well.


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Matt and Noah are welding up the fenders and then a couple of pictures of the trailers progress.


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Light cages, I had some students TIG a pool all the way around to get rid of the sharp edges. I think they look nicer that way.


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