Also called fan boats, or puddle skimmers, they are great for use on shallow waters and swaps as well as in lakes and rivers.
It works by being propelled by powerful gush of wind driven by mounted airplane sized propellers. Housed with the propeller in a metal or fiberglass cage at the rear of the boat’s hull is a heavy duty automotive or aircraft engine. If built with the later type of engine, they can go very very fast.
They are well suited for marshy areas where boats with submerged propellers may not be able to function properly and may prove to be impractical. Since air boats do not have partially submerged propellers, they are considered the best option while traveling through a swamp or any other such are.
They can come in small 8 to 12 feet sizes or up to 40 feet boat for ferrying passengers.
Initially only known to the Everglades Lake of Florida, air-boats are now increasingly used worldwide and are popularly used for:
It featured prominently in the rescue work
in New Orleans following the devastating flood from Hurricane Katharina. It is also a frequent presence on the St John's River.
Whether you are a governmental agency or private business or individual looking to buy an air boat, you can get one with relative ease.
There are many top rated fan boat manufacturers out there - mainly in America and Canada, who would be more than happy to supply a boat to you and have it delivered to anywhere in the world.And they do come at a reasonable cost, depending on design and model.
An average airboat would cost about $28,000 for new and you can get a used one for as low as $2,000.
You can see an updated list of such manufacturers here.
Whether you are looking to buy an airboat engine for your existing boat, or to build your very own fan boat, there are air boat engine for sale here.
In the past, the main problem with using a fan boat is the enormous amount of noise it generates; but thanks to technology. Most air boats are now designed and built to produce very minimal noise, so that you can enjoy your ride on the boat that can explore places and crevices a conventional motor boat will not dare to threading.
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