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 10×7 ft to the large 25×8 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.