Airboat for floundering POC

Diver01
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Airboat for floundering POC

Postby Diver01 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:20 am

New member here and new to air boating.

I have been running an 18ft Jon boat with an outboard and 13hp fan motor for floundering in the port O’Connor area. I feel very limited at times as to where I can and can’t go. So naturally I’m looking into an airboat.

I have 2 boats to go look at in South LA, one is a 14ft Fiberglass polly bottom with a DD caddy 502 the other is a 14ft glass poly bottom with a 383 vortex and a 2:1 gear box 3 blade carbon blade.

My question is how well will this style of boat perform for floundering and how good of a boat will it be in the POC area.

Thanks Gents!

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Re: Airboat for floundering POC

Postby br,lc,LA » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:13 pm

TX and LA folks do not frequent here much anymore... I check in time to time to talk with the Ecotec guys...

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Re: Airboat for floundering POC

Postby Diver01 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:19 pm

Thank you

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Re: Airboat for floundering POC

Postby Slidin Gator » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:21 pm

Search and get in touch with screen name FlounderPounder. He is new to airboating, but his screen name says it all. He is in your area I believe.

It's been years since I have been there, but Matagorda Bay is a fairly open piece of water that can see some decent chop to deal with. I don't think you guys have a lot of dry running to do. 14 foot is pretty small for an open water boat, particularly one with a heavy caddy motor.

I would be looking for a bigger boat for those rough water crossings, but you definitely want to touch base with more locals.
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Re: Airboat for floundering POC

Postby Deano » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:38 am

No such thing as a 502 Caddy, never was. I thought that fabricated rumor had finally died in the early '90s.
Obviously the seller knows little about the engine. I would hold anything he told me suspect, at least pending verification.
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