The state of Florida is filled with lakes, swamps and unchartered territory
that can only be reached by airboat. Airboat popularity continues to rise
in Florida and boating enthusiasts are making new airboat purchases
everyday. Choosing the right airboat is important and can be something
like choosing a car or truck, it is a major purchase. There are a few
things that you may want to consider as you shop for the right airboat.
The following is a general outline of the topics that can help you decide
what you really want.
You have to ask yourself many questions when determining what
airboat is best for you. Including topics such as the cost factor, whether
to purchase a new or used airboat. Your stability needs to include the
size of hull that you will require will help determine the size of engine.
Also, what is the main purpose of the use of the airboat? In addition, you
need to determine the performance expectancy meaning, what do you
want your boat to be capable of?
Next is choosing your power drive and
propeller design. Reliability of all welded aluminum hulls are other items
of consideration. New or used, it is important to know your craft and the
tolerance of the hull. In reference to the boat's warranty, materials and
construction, use quality airboat industry standard parts. And finally,
what options would you like on your airboat.
Whichever options you decide to choose, consider what you are doing
and what you are getting into before you start. And remember, you get
what you pay for, so from the safety perspective, going cheap probably
isn't the best idea.
Airboat safety is important. The general population can't explore the
type of territories that an airboat owner can. Airboats have the versatility
that other boats don't. So in many cases and situations, when air
boating in the back areas of the rivers, eddies and swamps, you are
normally on your own.
It is great to have a craft that goes so many places but sometimes this
can also be somewhat dangerous. Travel in two or more craft if possible
and have reliable communications onboard such as a cellular or
satellite phone or a two-way radio.
Once you categorize your needs, it will often determine what design is
required to suit that need. This will get you into the right ballpark.
Airboats hulls come in a variety of sizes of airboats. Sizes range from
10x7 ft to the large 25x8 ft airboat. Each foot-length of boat comes in
three available widths: the 7, 7.5 or 8 ft. The most popular sized boats
are the 12-14 ft boats. There are also companies that specialize in
making large sized tour boats. Once you decide what hull is needed the
rest of the boat comes easier.
It is very rewarding to step into the right airboat and enjoy the endless
acres of fun and water forgotten and unused by conventional craft. Be
safe, know your limitations and let it happen.
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