Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure for an airboat is not just a great ride, but a great experience. Explore nature as you turn it lose and enjoy the fresh air rushing through your hair as you speed through incredible stretchs of nature.
Fly like the wind experiencing the awesome feel of the airboat ride traveling at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Stripped down racing airboats can reach speeds over 135 miles per hour on smooth, shallow water and can reach this speed in 4 seconds. Speeds over 60 mph in any watercraft is can be risky and is not recommended, leave it to the professional racers.
The engine, prop and seats are mounted high on the boat to raise the center of gravity so that the boat will skim over the surface rather than having to push it's way through the water. A large metal cage around the engine area protects passengers and other users. The driver sits high on a platform to improve visibility and to permit spotting floating obstacles and animals in the path of the boat.
A typical air boat is around 20 feet long, flat bottomed, with an aluminum or fiberglass body and aircraft engine mounted on the back to power a large fan or propeller. This engine and fan provide propulsion to the air boat, and a vertically-oriented fin provides steering by directing the wake from the fan in different directions. The 350 - 620 h.p. automotive or aircraft engines push the craft to speeds in excess of 45 mph.
Steering is accomplished by swiveling vertical rudders positioned in the propeller wash in the very rear of the airboat. Brakes not included on a standard airboat. They are more common on airboats used on ice and consist of a hinged metal plate on the transom that flips down to increase drag. In the water, an airboat slows down rather fast when you back off the power and drop off plane.
Air boats navigate easily through shallow swamps and marshes as well as in canals, rivers and lakes, it can also be used on frozen lakes. Almost all airboats are rear prop pushers, why? Who wants bugs in their faces and lots of noise coming at you?
Have you ever noticed that what we sometimes think of as a new idea, has been done before? Alexander Graham Bell, who carried out many experiments with aircraft and water craft after the success of his telephone, built an airboat in 1905 in Nova Scotia