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how old where you and what happend to it haha
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I was 16 when i bought my first boat. 10' square nose gillieo with a lyco. 125. After begging my dad to let me take it out by myself he finally agreed. Crusing down narcoosee rd a wheel bearing locked up so we drove back to apopka grabbed my buddy's trailer then drove back to the boat. I Tried to drive the boat back onto the trailer and ended up running the boat over top of the front bunk due to the gas pedel sticking wide open :lol: ended up breaking a stringer!
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hahaha damitt man
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my first boat was a direct drive 350 on a 12' apachie hull i was about 24 not experienced driver i was running around a cabbage head and dont know what i was thinking i guess i thought it was a buggy because i tried running over a palmetto clump in about 3' of water and it was just enough to sink me so we fought for about 2 hrs and finally got the sides up enough with logs to let the bilge pump do it's job
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My first was a 12 ft instagator 125 .I was about 25 a buddy and I was fishing a tournament and on the way in stopped to bs with a cupl.of buddy's slid sideways and hit a stump though him and the beer cooler out the boat
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airboat skinny wrote:My first was a 12 ft instagator 125 .I was about 25 a buddy and I was fishing a tournament and on the way in stopped to bs with a cupl.of buddy's slid sideways and hit a stump though him and the beer cooler out the boat

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MID 20'S WAS MY FIRST PERSONAL BOAT I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN $$ 1500.00 DD 350 12FT COTTON MOUTH GOOD BOAT EVEN SUNK IT ABOUT 1MILE FROM LK FLORANCE THEN SOLD IT 6MTH LATER AND GOT ANOTHER 1 AND ANOTHER 1 AND KEEP GOING :D
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me and my lil brother got our first boat in our teens. it was a 13'6 cottonmouth with a sbc direct drive with a wood prop. nothin crazy really but learned alot of lessons from beer cans and towels goin through cage and prop. 1st airboat I banged some girls on. haha. Also hated to pull up dry next to people and then havin to have people push us back and forth to the water that sucked. its been lycomings ever since!! :wink:
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My dad built one of the first boats in Nebraska in 1954. Homemade fiberglass aqnd plywood hull with a 65 continantal with a pusher prop. Headlights off a Model A Ford. Thats what got me hooked was watching him and his cousins building boats in the 60's and 70's. My first was an 8" homemade wood and glass with a 25hp snowmobile engine. Took half a day to get to our favorite fishing hole on the Platte but was always a real adventure especially when your 12 years old. Things have come a long way with airboats!
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At the age of 14, in 1974, we bought a 1969 "Airgator Explorer 15". Had a HUGE 150 Lycoming on it. LOL. Wouldn't pull an old ***** out of bed. But it spun like crazy in the backcountry as long as there was 4 inches of water...Engine was junk and was replaced in 1975 with a 500 Cadillac by Rudy who used to work for Jimmy Swait back when his shop was under a tree behind Everglades Holiday Park. Heavy as hell rigging. But it ran well and morphed many times until 2000 when I traded it in to Alumitech for the current Maddog AGI 2 hull.

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My 1st boat was bought about 10 years ago for $3500, it was a glass hull with a strong running 0360 200hp swinging a 70x36 wood paddel prop, after i found out what motor it had i was feeling like i had just won the lotto, she was beat pretty hard when i got it an over the 5 years that i owned it i got pretty good at patching fiberglass an welding up cracks in the rigging.. towards the end of its life i started to run the boat on the hill more than in the water cause it leaked so bad, till i fliped it end over end in a fire lane ditch trying to run down some hogs..that was one of those yall better hop off hold my beer an watch this kinda nights.. :) after i layed that hull an prop to rest i went an had a bran new Alumitech hull built an put the motor on it..

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11' gore, with a 90 hp aircraft on it. Engine blew up, replaced with a 140hp corvair my dad had stowed in a shed from his airboat beginnings. Boat was never the same though. Ended up wrecking it and sinking it. Parted it out. Good starter boat and I learned a lot about what NOT to do on it.

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i was 16 when i started building it and 17 when i finished it it was a 12 foot gilileo with a 220 an old single double riggin i made fit the boat and the cage i scrounged from someone that i had to cut the fins off the valve covers for it to fit knocked hole after hole in it got good with fiberglass then one day while taking a buddy for his first ride i was doin 180s and slidin up on the ground backwards well the last time i tried it that day i made it 90 and turned it over the prop chopped the cage up and that was that boats last ride i had a diamondback sittin in the yard and put the motor on it
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I built my first boat when I was 23. A friend of mine had a 12' Phillps hull mold. We hand layed the hull and I built the rigging and put a 220 ground power on it. It was a strong engine. I wish I would have kept it. I had a 72x38 prop on the boat. The very first time I tried the boat out was in the glades. We planned the trip right before I had the boat finished. I live in Palatka so it's about a 240 mile trip to the glades. I hadn't finished wiring the boat when I left. I did it on the way. Luckily the boat ran fine and the week long trip was great. young dumb luck.
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first boat 1969 14' jon boat with 65 cont a huge plywood rudder and a steering wheel and spinner knob with 3/16" cable spooled on it the first hard turn the cable came unspooled off the steering wheel all over the bottom of the boat and the boat just rolled over on its side kerthunk!! thought to myself boy this airboating sure is fun!!!
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My 1st personally owned boat was a 220gpu with pop up pistons on a 12ft aluminum 3/4 deck my dad built. Kick my self everyday for selling that boat. I was 24yrs old.
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let me tell you !!! i started a family at 17 an no money, but had lots of friends some with boats in christmas .one guy told me if i can put this old boat togather i can ride it,lol (no river time & no mech. exp) dont laugh thay did, it was a 18x10 7 cyl. rad. a/c thay called it BIG MAMA !!! it took me a mo. to get it ready &a ton of beer,an a lot of lol.but it got me on the water with every one. im on the river now at 53 an in my boat i bought in 99, turn key DB 14x7.6/330 c/m & belt with a brand new 3 blade. fun forever,see you on the hill!!
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Early 20's, a 10.5' Gore that weighed a ton, took two people to flip it, a used riggin' from here, used cage from there, 4.3 v6 d/d, only bout 2 " of the transom out of the water at idle, had to be up against the bank to get on plane, Looking back now, i'm amazed I never sunk it, good times for sure
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11'-6" (+/-) by 6' wide Gore - angle valve 170 - 66x38 stick prop - custom shoe polished rudders :D

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It stayed upright & on top most trips :)

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i bought my first hull 15' rivermaster from one eyed gator just hulll and riggin and bought a used 500 caddy direct drive wood prop and being a newbee at the time i wrecked it . but thats all behind me now . now have a 480 super charged 13' gileo see ya on the river thanks to all who run this site and all who are in the airboating family.
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This is the one my brother and I learned on when we were teenagers
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Love them old pics too cool, my first was in 1982, Lyc 320 on a big old combee, cut the sides off and sunk first time out lol, been throwing money away for too long. :D
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11x7 rivermaster slick coated lycoming 0-235 100 h.p. 66x34 wood prop :cheers:
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I was 25-26, just out of a 6 year hitch in the NAVY. Didn't have first boat very long. Was traveling back and forth overseas a lot back then. Bought a 10x7 Gore Little Boss from H&H Airboats with a slap wore out Lycoming 125 parts built engine on it. Big mistake but it was a learner. Unfortunately my friends were just beginning to develop the 455 Buick . I couldn't run with them and slap wore that thing out in about a month. Learned enough keeping it running I knew I wanted to build my next boat instead of buying Hopwood's mistakes. That 125 would burn about 5 gallons of gas and 5 quarts of oil as I headed back overseas. Told my buddy to sell it for me and build us a mold for a really good handling boat. Gore didn't handle bad per se, but I didn't like that wide rolled back nose. I certainly did not like their rigging. The rest is history. I returned to this.

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and ran this for a while til somebody begged me to sell it to them. The new owner raced it several times and would regularly eat 260 HP O540 boats alive at the Sarno Drag Races. Since, I have had a string of Buick powered boats which I ran and sold as I ran back and forth overseas, and raised some kids in between.

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NOTE-1: Its kinda hard to tell but if ya look close I set my rudders upside down from everyone else at the time (early 70s) I got better rudder authority and with the slow linkage I like, it would smoothly throw the boat around when frogging. Don't see this much today. Also notice the single roll cage, high (by today's standards) seat, and forward near the nose operator position. Just the way I like it.

NOTE-2: The faded color photos are in my gallery but I thought I'd de-saturate them and put up cool B/W images like everyone else ....:)
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