New Airboat

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New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:44 pm

After hunting in South Texas a few times, I've decided to get a new airboat. I never realized there was so much information out there. I wanted something to carry a couple of guys (me and a friend) and my gear. I ended up purchasing a Dragonfly. They had a boat built on hand that seemed to fit what I was wanting and made me deal on it. I'll post some more pics when I return from Florida in a couple of weeks with the boat. I'm having them add a couple of things is why it won't be ready for a couple of weeks.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:46 pm

A couple more pics.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby Chaseh » Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:50 pm

Sharp little boat with a hell of a price tag. I want to hear your review bc I do like them!

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Re: New Airboat

Postby rjfjr » Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:56 pm

What engine is that

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Re: New Airboat

Postby jopete » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:09 pm

Good luck with the boat!!!!!

the engine looks interesting. let us know how it does!!!

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Re: New Airboat

Postby Deano » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:19 pm

Is that the 1300 Suzuki ?

Sharp little boat. Congrats.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby SWAMPHUNTER45 » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:25 am

Deano not sure if you have been out looking but I stopped by Pemberton and he was building them and the one I was looking at had a Suzuki power plant. It was a neat build.

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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:48 pm

It's a Suzuki 1300cc. I talked with Pemberton again today and the seat I'm waiting on is in the works. We also talked about a turbo for this engine. I'm going to pick up the boat a run it as is for learning purposes, but the turbo will be purchased and on standby to install. He has to order the turbo kit and it takes a few weeks to get in so I'll just have him ship it to me. As soon as I get some run time I'll be happy to post a full review and give everyone an update on how it performs. I'll have some buddies with me that run airboats so I will have some good opinions and comments from them.

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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:11 pm

Well, I got it home. Getting a new gauge panel cut and adding some lights. Hopefully hit the water in a few days. Also waiting on the turbo kit to come in. I might be asking for some help to re-pitch the prop when the turbo gets here. I'm also posting a pic of the new layout for the switches, gauges, and gps.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby Txpanther350 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:10 am

im interested to see how quiet it is. if you could used one in place of a go-devil. :texas:
i almost bought one of those.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:58 am

Txpanther350 wrote:im interested to see how quiet it is. if you could used one in place of a go-devil. :texas:
i almost bought one of those.

Sitting at an idle, you pretty much hear just the gearbox. When you run up to 6k rpm's it makes some noise. Send me your number and I'll send you some videos. To say the least, I'm very impressed so far. The turbo kit should be in next week. It runs very good right now, but the turbo will make it even better.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:03 pm

At the boat ramp.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:09 pm

Some personal touches. The water jet made some great cuts.
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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:21 pm

I'll have some videos posted soon.

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Re: New Airboat

Postby AceNtheHole » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:03 pm

I've been interested in Dragonfly boats for a few years. It looks like your build is the aluminum one? Maybe has polymer? I'm curious about one thing. What cruise speed and top end speed does it get with the Suzuki and say two passengers and an average load of say an extra 100 lbs?

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Re: New Airboat

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Re: New Airboat

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Re: New Airboat

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Re: New Airboat

Postby Chaseh » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:39 am

Dam dude. That thing runs great!

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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:06 pm

AceNtheHole wrote:I've been interested in Dragonfly boats for a few years. It looks like your build is the aluminum one? Maybe has polymer? I'm curious about one thing. What cruise speed and top end speed does it get with the Suzuki and say two passengers and an average load of say an extra 100 lbs?

It is the 15'4" aluminum hull with 1/4" polymer. Not sure on an average speed yet, we were just running thick grass most of the time. I did run up to 45mph (gps) in open water at one point.

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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:28 pm

Chaseh wrote:Dam dude. That thing runs great!

I can honestly say, the boat does everything Pemberton said it would do.

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Re: New Airboat

Postby Billcollector » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:48 pm

Let me know if y'all have any questions about specs, options, or pricing.

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Re: New Airboat

Postby robertb4wd » Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:51 pm

It's almost here... Tracking number shows TURBO delivery by the end of the day Monday.

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Re: New Airboat

Postby swampsquatch09 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:11 am

Id like to see what that turbo does I was impressed this weekend with it
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Re: New Airboat

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