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Airboats are maneuverable and effective, offering a flat working surface low to the water. An airboat can be equipped with a variety of rescue or firefighting equipment and high wattage lighting for night operations.

Airboat custom modifications can provide extensive lighting, powered by either the engine or an auxiliary generator. Other modifications include: fire pumps, deck guns, seismic equipment, GPS navigation, body hoists, and enclosed cabins for cold weather use.

Having no operating parts below the waterline, the airboat is able to traverse the shallowest of water or no water at all. With no prop in the water, the airboat is not hampered by submerged or floating debris that would damage a conventional water propeller. This also makes airboats a perfect and safe diving platform.

Airboats proved to be a valuable rescue and law enforcement tool in the search and rescue operations that followed Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. Airboats can be operated on virtually any surface, they are much more robust than hovercafts and offer a higher payload capacity.

Airboats are being used on all continents in various applications. In North Amercia and Australia, airboats are an important part of the tourism industry. They are also widely used for fishing and hunting.

In Indonesia, airboats are used in forestry logging operations, where they enable personnel and material to be transported along the many waterways, often traversing on top of logs being floated downstream.

In Africa and other parts of the world, airboats are used extensively in mapping operations and seismic exploration, e.g. in the Nile Sudd in Sudan.

Airboats are fast, easy and rapid to deploy, affordable to purchase and economic to operate in comparison to hovercrafts or helicopters. They are incredibly easy to maintain – there are no axles, differentials, suspensions, wheels, tyres or steering columns to damage. The only moving parts are the engine – reduction drive – propeller system. The choice of an automotive engine allows the airboat to be serviced by any experienced mechanic, with fuel widely available. Diesel engines are another option and may be converted for use with biofuel – an ideal alternative for safari lodge operations in outlying regions.

It is their versatility which gives airboats their wide range of use: eco-tourism, search & rescue, conservation, fishing, leisure, seismic exploration, law enforcement and transport. Airboats which do not have to rely so much on speed are also used as ferries.

ecotourism 

ecotourism

ecotourismAirboats are the only safe way to venture into the watery world of swamps, marshes & river deltas. Safe? Yes, safe. Airboats are safe – both for the local fauna and flora, and for the guests on board. Airboats are a stable platform and thus provide so much more safety than jon boats, inflatables, canoes or mokoros. [Curious? Find out more…]

Oh Yeah, take me for a ride to see the lekker ecotourism gallery.


search & rescue

search & rescue

search & rescueAirboats have a flat bottom hull design and no working parts below the waterline. They can be operated in floodwaters without regard to depth or floating debris. Loaded to capacity, an airboat can maneuver through floodwaters, skim over downed trees, submerged fences, wrecked automobiles, trash and vegetation. Although airboats have their limitations, [Curious? Find out more…]

Serious stuff, I’m ready to save lives at the search & rescue gallery.


conservation

conservation

conservationAny human activity takes its toll on the environment, even the simplest and most basic of all: access. From footpaths to clearings for gravel roads to actual tarred roads or railways – the simple act of advancement has a considerable effect on nature. Protected areas such as national parks are conceived in order to minimize [Curious? Find out more…]

I want to see for myself at the conservation gallery.


fishing

fishing

fishingWhy use airboats to fish? OK, there’s more than one way to skin a cat – and more than one way to fish. Rod n Reel – netting – or bowfishing. It all depends on where you are and what you’re fishing. Rivers in Africa are often not perennial – and those that are often [Curious? Find out more…]

Mine’s bigger than any at the fishing gallery!


leisure

leisure

leisureIf you have never taken an airboat ride, you should. It’s great fun, a little scary, and totally mindblowing. Riding an airboat feels like flying over the water – at high speed, the boat barely touches the water’s surface. Without any moving parts below the waterline, driven by a powerful air propeller, the airboat easily [Curious? Find out more…]

Let me pick out the one I want from the leisure gallery.


geometrics

geometrics

geometricsUtilized in sensitive wetlands, airboats are built to have minimal impact on the environment. Constructed of aluminium with an exterior polymer hull, these boats have little effect on aquatic and marsh vegetation. Airboats provide a stable working platform and enable personnel and valuable equipment to operate in otherwise inaccessible environments. Below are a few examples [Curious? Find out more…]

I want to get rich now and find oil at the geometrics gallery.


law enforcement

law enforcement

law enforcementWater based law enforcement is a necessity in a variety of circumstances. Environments include rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters. Activities include patrolling of sensitive areas and protection of other users and their watercraft. The speed of an airboat enables it to outrun most other vessels; its versatility allows for easy and rapid launching and landing. [Curious? Find out more…]

Catch some bad guys at the law enforcement gallery.


transport

transport

transportSabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana was trashed by Hurricane Rita September 24, 2005. This wildlife haven was literally covered with tons of debris carried into refuge marshes by Rita’s storm surge. Almost one fourth of this 125,511 acre wetland refuge is covered with remnant homes, businesses, and industries from along Louisiana’s coast. The approximately [Curious? Find out more…]

Carry me over to the transport gallery.