Update on our high school airboat project

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This last weekend John Hagen from Onalaska, Wisconsin invited me up to go out on the Black River, the ice was out and there was some pretty strong current but you have got to start somewhere. It was just awesome, after I got the hang of the boat John told me to take it up a bank on the other side of the river. So I did and the boat climbed right up the bank turned around and came back down slowly wow!!!
So here are a couple pictures, the first one is me in the boat on the maiden voyage.


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This next one is a picture of John Hagen and myself, Thanks! for all the help John

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The last one is proof That I did not sink the boat.


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YEA!!
Love the camo hunting garb -- are you sure Painter Chic didn't
paint those for you when she did the camo for the boat?

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Bonnie
It is a really close match isn't it.
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That is so cool that the kids got to test drive it, I bet several are hooked now. had to be fun to run it on the snow. what no one did any 360's.. :) I had a lead foot when I was younger, I would not have been able to resisit flooring it and doing a 360 in the snow..

the boat looks good in the water also, looks like it floats nice and high. how did it handle?

my boat is very squirlly, just the least amount of movement and it wants to swing from side to side.

anyway the kids did a great job, this has got to be one of the best threads I have read on the forum so far.
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Thanks Swamp Parrot, there were a few 360 and a 720. For lead foots I would have to say only one that I had to reach over pull the pedal and a foot off the floor.
On the water the steering was really quick to start with but we've change a few things to slow that down a little. The hull pops right up on plane but when it got up to 2000 RPMS it would start to porpoise. The hull has about 2.5" of bottom sticking past the transom, so we plan on tapping that down a little on the outside edges. I don't think that it will take much movement to solve the problem.
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If you can drop the back of the motor. It doesn't take much. Looking at some of your motor stand build, it looks like you have a washer you can take out. That might be enough to make the difference in the proposing.
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Gary
That will be our second step. We found that the overhang on the bottom of the hull is bent up slightly. We are thinking that this was caused by trailering the boat to far forward on the back rollers. So if that does not change it at all, on to step two. Thanks for the help Gary.

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Those of us junkies who can't get enough of this boat build, would like
you to post photos and tell us how this works out.
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Big THANKS to Bonnie Basham and Marsh Rider Magazine!!!!
Bonnie wrote up a real nice article about the airboat build and sent copies for everyone.
Thanks Bonnie, here are a couple of pictures


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Gary, we ended up tapping the outside edges of the bottom of the hull that sticks past the transom down a little bit and it took care of the problem with the boat porpoising.
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Here are a couple pictures I dragged off the I-pod of the gang.


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AWESOME!!!

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painterchic wrote:AWESOME!!!

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Outstanding. Your class must have a great feeling of accomplishment. Congrats. Thanks for keeping us abreast with the pictures.
...by the way, I just noticed the throttle pedal on the left.
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When it gets warm if you guys want if you will give me a place to stay and pick me up at the airport I will come up there ang give you a class DOE Airboat Opperator Driving course free of charge so hopefully none of you get hurt or have an accident with the boat
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WOW that is a great offer from Sniper. I hope you'll take him up on that.
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MARSHRIDER IS VERY PROUD OF EACH OF YOU STUDENTS!

We are so pleased we could share your story with everyone.

you have a great teacher and you'll carry the lessons you don't even realize you learned
with you for the remainder of your life.

If it does not get to 90 degrees until sometime in August, I suspect all the SA
members would like to come spend the summer showing you how to drive your
boat.

Best to each of you and thanks for the photos.
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Saw a write up of CWAIS' student's airboat build in
Google/Airboat News. Nice to see the students and teacher
getting the recognition they deserve.

When I wrote to tell Chuck, he told me he and the kids are
really busy building bleachers for baseball season!

What a tremendous teacher these students have!
What great lessons they are learning.

The photo of the students all crowded into their airboat was really
neat. I don't know how to post it, so will send to webmaster and
see if he/they can help.

If you don't subscribe to Google News/airboat you should -- it's
pretty interesting.

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Riding on air: Rio students build custom airboat
RIO — The squeaky wheel may get the grease, but the quietly determined students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Processes class get the admiration.

“It’s nice to see that other people have trust in what we’re doing and we can apply what we’re learning,” said Jacob Black, a junior at Rio High School.

Each day from September to February, about 16 students from freshman to seniors collaborated to build a custom airboat with the gentle guidance of Chuck Wais, instructor of technology and engineering at the school.


“We were really lucky because people out of the blue would message me, like a man from Georgia and a woman from Florida,” Wais said.

In the beginning steps, Wais requested advice about an engine in an online forum at Southernairboat.com, explained the class project and need for spare parts and three days later a forum member donated an engine...Click here for full story

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THANKS TO RICK for posting the photo and the story!
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No problem on the pic/story Bonnie. This has been a heckuva build thread...glad you found the news article.

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Real nice write up on the project.

Kudos to the instructor for encouraging these young people to go the extra mile.

Common sense.....hands on........is not encouraged in our educational system anymore.
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I'm back and you guys thought you got rid of me (just been busy). Had my twins graduated (Robbie and Rachel) from High school and my second daughter (Danielle) graduated from college. Then the Rio boys went to state in baseball and came home with a 1st place Championship Trophy. Then my oldest daughter had to move closer to her job. It never ends!!!!

I just wanted to Thank everyone again for all the wonderful donations that helped make the airboat build such a great success. I am hoping that the plaques that were sent out made it to the right doorsteps. My beginning wood working class made the frames up and a communications student did all the engraving. We tried to use your company logo if we could find one and if you didn't notice on the back each one of the students signed them.

A Big Thank You to Southern Airboats and the following Supporters of this Project

Justin Ficken - Donated our engine and made it purr like a kitten
Jake Tupper from Gale Marine LLC – Galesville, WI- Boat Build
John Hagen – Onalaska, WI - Poly Installation, Plans for: engine stand, Hagen Cage and trailer, and a lot of help
Sensenich Props - Don Rowell – new NGH Prop at cost
E.K. Machine – Troy Smith – Donated Powder Coating of the Cage , Engine Stand and Trailer
Alumitech Boats – Raymond Reel - Donated Headers
Painterchic – Tonia Suarez – Donated Rudder Art, help with Vinyl and Hydro-Turf Installation
Southern Slide – Jeff Schwitters– Donated Poly Butter
Anarchy Offroad LED Lights-Brian Collins-Donated a light bar, 2 cubes and some accent lighting
Muffler Man Shop – Travis – Daytona Beach Donated a couple turn-downs
Horne Plastic Inc. – Nikki Lohr - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Discount on poly
Classic Airboats – Sam and Sharon –Discount on Gauge Panel and parts
Warpdrive Props – Daryl – Donated a blade mounting bracket
Apache Stainless – Mike Schmidt – Donated Stainless for mufflers
Ives Welding – Wyocena, WI - Mike Ives – Donated Stainless Metal and expertise
Mike Moeller – Holmen, WI -Help with poly install and delivered our trailer axle and wheels from NTI in Clear Lake, Iowa
Dan Johnson - Engine help
Kohlweys Heating and Cooling
John Moll – Rio High School
Matt - Two River Sign Company
Bonnie Basham - Marshrider Magazine Articles plus copies for all the kids



Here is a picture of the plaques being glued up.

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I took some friends who have been very supportive of the project since day one out for a ride. When we showed up at the landing it was covered with cattails. They were about 6' to 7' tall and about 20 yards deep. In front of the cattails there was about a 15' circle of water so we landed the boat in side the small circle and took our first attempt at driving through cattails. The boat drove right up on top and made its way right across the cattails. This was very exciting for me and my passenger, I know that you guys do this stuff all the time but I was a little nerves. I just told myself that it was close enough that I could always hook the truck up and pull it off if we had to.
We had a video but we can not get it to load onto U-tube.
Thanks Again
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Chuck I think I speak for a bunch of us here on SA, when I say watching your students build this boat has been as much fun for us as it probably was for them. We all congratulate you and your students on a job well done!
And I must say, when I opened up the plaque that your students made, I grinned from ear to ear and it's now sitting proudly in my livingroom on display... It was my pleasure to help you out and I'm thrilled that so many members also jumped on board to help you with your project... Airboaters helping airboaters... That's what it's all about!!

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Glad you like it Tonia!!!!!
Wouldn't you know ,I get home this afternoon and one of the plaques got sent back. Justin Ficken did you move? They said you don't live at your address. If you could PM your address to me
so I can send this package back to you. Sorry justin.
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Nope i m still here as far as I know.
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Yup, I Screwed up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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