Oh Yeah, take me for a ride to see the lekker ecotourism gallery.
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.
Serious stuff, I’m ready to save lives at the search & rescue gallery.
I want to see for myself at the conservation gallery.
Mine’s bigger than any at the fishing gallery!
Let me pick out the one I want from the leisure gallery.
I want to get rich now and find oil at the geometrics gallery.
Catch some bad guys at the law enforcement gallery.
Carry me over to the transport gallery.