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Old June 18th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #1
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I know this isn't the same style of boat that many of you are probably use to but for the tournaments I participate in, this thing would be perfect!! Anyone have real experience with one of these boats? I would just like some opinions. I do alot of bowfishing and we pretty much fish in the weedy, silt infested, low lying areas of lakes and rivers. In my opinion these boats are very pricey for what they are but they sure would be useful for my purpose. Just not sure my budget can take this hit right now. $45-$55,000 for a fully decked out model.

-20x8 Hull & Hot Dipped Galvanized Trailer

-Craft Marine 8.1L 496C.I. 450HP FI Levitator Airboat Engine

-CH3 2.3:1 Reduction Unit

The main deck on the front would be equipped with 3000.00 worth of Gator Gar Pro 175Watt Lights.

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Old June 18th, 2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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Find a used one in florida.....

airboats look like a friggin blast.
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Old June 18th, 2008, 03:01 PM   #3
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Does it come with her?
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They are fun, but some are very easy to swamp and sink. I have seen/heard of a few of our customers doing it. That one rides a little higher in the water though then what they use...

This one isn't bad, it has a 350 Chevy and moves quite well. It was fun to drive when I got the chance too. Another customer has a brand new one with a ramjet 502... that one is a monster, no pics of it though.

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Old June 18th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #5
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I've heard of that same thing as well. I've heard they take a little getting use to and you still have to watch for trees sticking up or other obstructions just as you would with a normal boat. No, I don't think the woman comes with it. I think my wife would have a problem with that. Jeepfreak81, how much do your customers have into theres? I would be curious if I get into one much cheaper and outfit it over time with what I really want in it. I have been starting to look into the florida boats UP. I think thats also the direction to be heading in.
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the guy who owns Fitzgiben fleet fabricators in Jackson had one for sale a while back(couple of years ago) he had a small block chevy powered one. he may still have it for sale.
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an old friend of my has a couple of them...they like them alot, they use them for the same thing you are planning on doing with it...
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I was looking at an American airboat as an ice rescue platform. I'm a little worried about swamping it in deep water though.

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I think with an experienced operator, your chances of sinking it are slim. It seems from what I've read, it takes hitting an obstruction or shiftin weight on the boat such as passengers to even make it possible to sink them. I've also read that turning very sharp at high rates of speed can also cause them to topple over. This is the same as with a normal boat though. I don't think I would be afraid of one for any of these reasons. I think there are a few people out there that had bad experiences from lack of general boating knowledge that spread these stories. Thanks Yetti, I may look into that. Mike Hancho, does your friend have any for sale? Or parts to make one?
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Those boats are RETARDEDLY loud. One was tooling around the Manistee river for a while a few years back - at 6 in the f*cking morning. For that reason, I hate them. You hear them coming and going from miles away. Haven't seen it lately - hopefully he hit a log and sunk.

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I think with an experienced operator, your chances of sinking it are slim. It seems from what I've read, it takes hitting an obstruction or shiftin weight on the boat such as passengers to even make it possible to sink them. I've also read that turning very sharp at high rates of speed can also cause them to topple over. This is the same as with a normal boat though. I don't think I would be afraid of one for any of these reasons. I think there are a few people out there that had bad experiences from lack of general boating knowledge that spread these stories. Thanks Yetti, I may look into that. Mike Hancho, does your friend have any for sale? Or parts to make one?

I'm talking about operating it on the Detroit River.. With divers aboard.. I guess we could always go get it back if it sinks.. :tonka:
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I know they look and sound badass, when they come flying by during duck season
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There's nothing badass sounding in a boat that's as loud as an old turboprop airliner when you're fishing. makes the 2 stroke mosquitos sound quiet
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There's nothing badass sounding in a boat that's as loud as an old turboprop airliner when you're fishing. makes the 2 stroke mosquitos sound quiet
I agree.....My boat is very quiet and I like it that way. Some of my friends with big blocks are so obnoxiously loud.....I cant stand it.
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I agree.....My boat is very quiet and I like it that way. Some of my friends with big blocks are so obnoxiously loud.....I cant stand it.
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your boat is not loud.....
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I rode on one in Florida, in the swamp lands. It was cool, the way they turn is awesome.
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Couple shots from Houghton Lake last week...



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I just bowfished another tournament this weekend on Muskegon lake and there were probably 6 air boats out of 30 or so boats. Nice pics of the 2 above. I agree, they are loud. They have better props for them now that do quiet them to a certain extent. They have a huge advantage of floating across the really shallow water that the rest of us get hung up on. I may even look ino a mud motor, these seem to much cheaper and I can mount them to a regular flat bottom boat.
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