Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:54 pm Posts: 349 Location: San Diego, CA
These are videos from our customer in Malaysia who built an airboat from scratch. He used a 200 hp Toyota engine with an Echo Tech belt drive from Century Belt Drives and our AB200 Whisper Tip Narrow 72".
He has a new build in progress with a bigger engine, but they have been out testing this smaller airboat around Malaysia.
More VIDEOS BELOW....... read story first --->
I am hoping this series of videos below will make you have a good laugh and also show you what airboats are doing in other parts of the world . These are great guys and very capable and resourceful. They can fabricate almost anything from scratch in a country with limited resources.
And, they *love* airboats!
I debated whether I should tell you the story up front or let you laugh and try to figure out why there are two guys covered in mud. [*]Did they flip the boat? [*]Did they fall out? [*]Are they doing a simulated rescue? [*]What's that guy doing in his underwear?
Well ok, I'll tell you. They were out testing and just generally riding around, getting strange looks since there are no other airboats there.
So what happens when they are out running? They run out of gas. No problem, he is prepared with spare gas, so they refill the tank. Done.
Good to go, right? No. Battery is dead. Can't start. Hmmm. Luckily they have cell reception, so he calls and asks to have a battery brought out.
Easy, right? No. The airboat is stranded where no other boat can go. So, the battery delivery goes like this - they load one up in a regular boat with a few guys, they go as far as they can until they get to the quicksand type mud. Then the put the battery on a board to slide it across the mud.
But still, how to get it to the airboat? Two guys get out of the regular boat and "swim" in the mud. Can't stand up and walk in it, can't crawl very well, so "swim". The skinny guy seemed to make his way far better than the not-skinny guy. Finally, thanks to the skinny guy, the battery makes it to the airboat, they hook it up and crank the airboat right up. But wait, where's the other not-skinny guy? Stranded in the mud. Airboat rescue time!
*Please enjoy, and keep your comments polite, these are super great guys - thank you*
Part 1 of 9 - The Boat can't get to the Airboat
Part 2 of 9 - Mud Swim
Part 3 of 9 - Battery Delivery - Where's the other guy?
Part 4 of 9 - Hooking up the Battery, Up and Running
Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:49 pm Posts: 16074 Location: Palm Bay, Fl
And a good time was had by all ! Thanks for sharing this !
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Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:53 am Posts: 2783 Location: Wasilla, ALASKA
I'll tell ya, that boat looks pretty good for being built by somebody who has never seen one b4, and runs good too, I was impressed by the way it handled that sticky mud, even if there was a skim of water over the top of it, with those guys in it, it ran pretty good. Bud
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Joined: Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:58 am Posts: 844 Location: singapore
Hehehehehehe, what a Blast!
Coming from where i think it is, the problem is lack of knowledge, which is where SA comes in and the wealth of info from AB experts, dealers, suppliers, and most important of all AB formal training.............
Conditions like what you have seen dont exist in singapore, but in Malaysia MUD, sticky gloooey, mud, they have lots and lots of it,
Maybe someone should tell him about the mudboats you guys have, with a extended prop may work better for them
Joined: Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:12 am Posts: 802 Location: St Cloud, Fl
Malaysian rednecks..... if I were there I'd buy them a case of beer!. Got to hand it to those boys, that's a good looking boat for one that was built from pictures!
Makes me miss the old days in south Florida and how much fun we had playing in the mud back then.....fifty something years later and I'm back to playing in the marsh but somehow it just ain't the same!!...........being young and carefree has it's benefits......
Gotta love it!!
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Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:09 pm Posts: 1917 Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Great videos. Thanks WW.
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