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hogbit
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Pulling an airboat???

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Is it a bad idea to pull my airboat behind my outboard? I have a 20 mile run to get to my hunting grounds.

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it will suck

why not just run the air boat?

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agreed, why not just drive the airboat
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It was just a thought. I'm still new to air boating. I am just a bit hesitant to load a couple people and a pack of hog dogs in an airboat and run 20 miles deep water a few times a week. I will most likely take two boats down the river and leave the airboat on the hunting grounds.
I work 7 days and am off for 7 days. I will be making a few hunts a week on my time off.

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Why would it suck? What's the difference besides towing with another airboat or an outboard?
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:thumbleft: old man in middle river does it every year of course it's not 20 miles prob 10 but, he pulls the airboat behind his pontoon cabin boat :) so, his wife stays in that then he goes to the woods near by to hunt then come back to the Turtle Camp on the main river and they camp there!!!!

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Only one way to find out, "give it a try".

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Might want to make sure you have enough slack in the rope in case something swamps the airboat so it doesn't take your pull boat down too, just a thought.

In fair weather I don't see it being a problem.
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and when you go to stop, let off the gas REAL slow.

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Lash airboat to bow of outboard and push it, you will have better control overall in my opinion.
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The boat will wander, if theirs a wind it will really wander. You will not want to run fast. I have done allot of towing them in for mine and others. Towing sucks pushing is better. lets just say without a rudder in the water the air boat not really good for being towed. If your scared about sinking it while driving you will be scared about sinking it towing.

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I have commercial towing experience my opinion in protected low speed application is to "hip tow" a vessel for control. You won't want to employ this technique in rough water or at any speed above a few mph but by far it gives the most control.

Position vessel being towed forward of towing vessel. Lash tight with large fenders between in a fashion that the towing vessel propulsion is rearward of towed vessels stern. I don't recommend towing an airboat but if necessary try this technique and see what you think.

If you aft line tow a high profile vessel with no keel or skeg it will pendulum.

If you tow at speed and decelerate fast you risk impact.

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Thanks for all of the info.

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most folks that I know that have to run 20 or more miles down the river to their camps just leave the airboat out there and run back and forth in a camp boat. pic a good day and drive it out there.


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That is my plan!

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