Thursday, October 29, 2009

Airboat at rest


Airboats, which are flat craft powered by an aircraft engine in the rear, are used throughout Florida, especially in the Everglades in the south, but also in swampy areas and places like the flats of Cedar Key. They ride high and skim across water and grass without getting hung up as would a regular boat.

They are very loud! This one looks relatively new and was located in the yard of one of our neighbors.

38 comments:

Kcalpesh said...

Have only seen those in movies so far! I'm sure people who love tremendous speeds would be really enjoying a ride on that one.....

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Lee Spangler said...

I took a tour once on a lakes in Fla. saw such wonderful wildlife at Mayaka State Pk near Sarasota. You are really lucky to be able have such beauty nearby, especially to ride on an airboat.

magiceye said...

wow! would love to ride it!

Small City Scenes said...

I think it is cool looking. I would like to try it. zoom zoom--not a Mazda, huh. MB

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely shot !!Nice post !!

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Vogon Poet said...

That's great, I've seen them only in the movies. Gators can't touch them!

Paula said...

I think I never saw something like that.

Bibi said...

Nice looking craft, but I really dislike noisy boats, leaf blowers, lawn mowers,......

brattcat said...

They must be loud to scare away the crocodiles.

Jim K said...

I always think of them as search and rescue. People use them for fun?

Irredento Urbanita said...

I have friends that loved to go on those airboats. They said it was an unforgettable experience !!

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Leif Hagen said...

Wow - cool boat! I want to see a photo of the Jacob Meister riding on one in the water! I dropped my word verification 'a grace de toi. Later gator! Happy Halloween! Don't scare any kids with your "costume."

Carrizo said...

Wow. I have once this kind of machine. That's great.

Jacob said...

@ Safe Leif - I don't need a costume and I don't need to scare kids. I send my Golden Retriever to do the scaring. Trouble is all she does is lick their faces and beg for candy, from them!

Halcyon said...

Even airboats need a rest, I guess!

Ilse said...

This airboat--all red--must really stand out in the lush vegetation of the Everglades!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

There appears to be a LOT of engine there so I'm not surprised they are loud!

Prospero said...

I don't have a swamp. Does this mean I can't have one of these?

Daryl said...

Are you sure its resting or is it having a time out ... you know how those airboats like to stir things up

Don and Krise said...

Boy, now there's a fancy one. I've seen these on TV ever since I was a kid, but never have ridden in one. Maybe they're going to take you water skiing. Ya ready??

Lois said...

They are loud, but I do like to watch them!

Jacob said...

@ Don and Krise - I've never seen one used for water skiing, but I suppose that's possible...mostly they're used for fishing in less accessible waters...or gator hunting.

Jacob said...

@ Prospero - No, you can have as many as you want. Don't get swamped with them, though! ;-)

Memphis MOJO said...

I rode on one last January -- quite fun. On my vacation, my brothers and sisters and I visited the Everglades and took a ride -- the only way to see certain areas.

You're right, they are loud -- they gave us ear plugs to wear.

Asta said...

Hi James,

Never saw one of these on dry land.-:)

Best regards
Asta

Jacob said...

@ Memphis Mojo - Did you rent from one of the Indian places along 41?

Asta said...

... And I of course meant Jacob. Sorry my friend. It is Friday evening (on my side of the globe) and I had a glass of wine-:) - Thanks for reminding me-:)

Have a wonderful day!

Best regards
Asta

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Wow, I bet this ride is a blast.

Carlos Lorenzo said...

Always wanted to try one of these. I'll keep waiting. Nice weekend!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Very interesting--never seen one of those.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Colorful and complicated

julia said...

A nice 'little' runabout! Good set of wheels as well. Often see boat and trailer and owners on the side of the road pondering a flat tyre or a collapsed whatnot and wondering when will all the fun begin.

cieldequimper said...

Looks like something from outta space! Sorry I haven't had time to visit all your blogs today, now it's nearing 1:00 AM and I need my pillow! Have a great weekend!

tapirgal said...

You do get some strange-looking things over your way! It would probably be fun to be out on the water on this, though!

Cezar and Léia said...

What an interesting "vehicle"! It must be fun to ride!
God bless you!
Cezar

Paula said...

So, your neighbor is a good ole boy? Does he cut the sleeves off his shirts? I don't know if I've ever seen a red one before, pretty cool.

Jacob said...

@ Paula - I dunno. He/she lives in a huge house with a turret and a 4-car garage on at last 3 acres...for a long time he/she had a huge horse trailer sitting in his side yard with a "For Sale" sign, so I'm thinking he/she may raise horses somewhere in the country.

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