2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4, Page #29[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Made It Myself” Airboat
“It’s about 10 ft. long, 3 1/2 ft. wide, and it works real slick. The lower unit used for steering is from an old outboard. We removed the engine and made a steering apparatus on top that I run from a pole that extends up to the driver’s seat. The power to run it comes from a 6 1/2 hp. Honda that drives a 20 in. fan. The fan blades have adjustable pitch so that sort of lets us choose how fast we want to go.”
McLennan says if a person can’t find a prop to fit the motor, that the shaft of a Chevy water pump and the 6 1/2 hp. engine are the same. It’s possible to heat (sweat) the hub off of a Chevy water pump and place it directly on the 6 1/2 hp. engine, without using a keyway, and it will shrink onto the shaft of the engine. Then any fan will mount to the water pump hub.”
McLennan says the boat glides along the surface of the water at 10 to 15 mph, and is real stable. “There’s only room for the driver and one other person, so it’s not a party barge,” he adds. The boat is also equipped with a trolling motor, so he and his nieces and nephews have used it for fishing. “We can go a couple miles in either direction from our place, so it’s a nice way to get on the water, regardless of how shallow the river is running.”
McLennan says the boat took he and his dad probably a dozen hours to build, without a lot of money invested either. “It sure has provided a lot of fun.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joey McLennan, 10191 St. Hwy. 111N, Edna, Texas 77957 (ph 361 782-1368).
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