first airboat

A general, non-powerplant specific, discussion on airboat technology, ie., hulls, rigging, polymer, etc..
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first airboat

Post by kharder91 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:29 pm

im looking at buying or trading a bass boat for my first airboat alot of questions do i get slick bottom or polly or direct drive or gear reducing im really new to this also is airgator airboat good its aluminum hull any help or info i need :old_glory:

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Re: first airboat

Post by kwanjangnihm » Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:38 pm

Welcome to SA!

Where do you plan to run your boat, how many passengers, hunt or cruising, etc??

The more info you provide, the better answers you will get! Good luck!!
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Post by unforgiven11B » Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:38 pm

You questions would best be answered if You provided more information. Slick and poly / DD and gearbox are all excellent, one will be better in different applications. Depending on what you need it to do or what you plan you use it for. Alumitech builds a great boat. They have been around for a hot minute and are very customer friendly.

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Post by kharder91 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:21 pm

well ended up getting one over night its 2005 11ft predator with 4 cylinder lycoming 160 i was told mainly going to be me and wife and thats it so hopefully it good starter boat looking for a grass rake for it currently any info and tips greatly apprciated will be riding around citrus have a house on lil henderson
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Re: first airboat

Post by kharder91 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:23 pm

more pics of my boat
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Re: first airboat

Post by unforgiven11B » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:26 pm

Should be good boat. Just remember running Citrus there is a 1100pm-0700am curfew.

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Post by Gary S » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:45 am

Should be a great way to get addicted. Nice little boat that you will have a blast with.

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Post by flcracker9 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:30 am

Looks like a great little boat, should serve your purpose well. If your future plans are just riding with your wife, it may be all the boat you'll ever need. Would be a nice frogging boat also.
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Re: first airboat

Post by kharder91 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:02 am

unforgiven11B wrote:Should be good boat. Just remember running Citrus there is a 1100pm-0700am curfew.

YES i heard thank you

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Re: first airboat

Post by kharder91 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:04 am

question what is grass rake really for would it be beneficial to have one

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Post by keebo » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:46 am

It lays the grass down instead of chopping it of and filling your hull, also helps going off of steep ground into water so you dont fill the boat with water if it is solid.
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Post by southern safaris » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:25 pm

I agree with cracker ... looks like a great boat , ive had big ones small ones and inbetweeners ,and nowadays i like simple , i could've built just about any size i wanted but my new one im building right now is a little 11fter ....one day I'll get her finished lol
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Re: first airboat

Post by kharder91 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:41 pm

should i keep quick slip or polly the boat

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Re: first airboat

Post by flcracker9 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:59 pm

kharder91 wrote:should i keep quick slip or polly the boat
Again, that all depends on what you use it for. If you don't plan on running much dry ground, slick bottom is fine. The more dry you run, the more often you will have to reapply the slick bottom, and slick bottom does nothing to protect you hull. If you plan on running a lot of dry, or run an area that has a rough/rocky bottom, or just want the added protection for the hull, add a sheet of poly.
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Post by southern safaris » Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:02 pm

If your gonna be running citrus co , the boys around there will likely chime in i hope.... both bottoms have thier spot , i love slick, but i also sometimes need poly ,.. I used to have stainless wrap on my rock boat , it comes down to where you ride and how you treat her .... i have no experience in citrus county so i cant guide you on that one , im gonna make it down there one day soon i hope , but i think if you can get away without having to have poly i would stay with slick, i know its bad for business me saying that because i put a ton of poly on boats, but a little a/c boat like you got will run real free without it, not implying a sheet of poly will kill the way your boat rides , if done right you should only notice the difference in weight possibly
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