How does an airboat move?

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How does an airboat move?

Aiboats are unique water craft and many people ask us: “how does an airboat move?”

A large propeller mounted at the back propels airboats. Designers tailor these boats for shallow waters, marshes, swamps, and other areas where traditional propellers or boat hulls might not work well. The flat-bottomed hull, a distinctive feature of an airboat, enables it to smoothly glide over the water’s surface and maneuver through areas with submerged vegetation.

So ... How DOes an Airboat Move?

A powerful engine mounted above the waterline and a large propeller at the rear comprise the airboat’s propulsion system. The engine activates the propeller, producing a powerful airflow. This airflow pushes backward and downward, creating a high-speed air stream that drives the boat forward. Thanks to its shallow draft and flat bottom, the boat can skim across the water and move through very shallow areas without becoming trapped.

No submerged propeller

Airboats do not have a traditional submerged propulsion system, such as a submerged propeller or an outboard motor. As a result, it permits airboats to navigate through environments filled with submerged obstacles, vegetation, and shallow waters. Airboats serve various purposes, including transportation, recreation, and for conducting wildlife viewing and airboat tours in marshy or swampy regions.

Airboat on the Bayou

Airboat on the bayou
The flat bottom airboat allows you to relax on the bayou!

The flat bottom of the airboat makes it perfect for navigating the shallow waters of the Louisiana bayous. The method of propulsion, power of the engine and the many obstructions in the water mean that airboats should be piloted by experienced captains.

How to ride on an airboat

Hopefully this answered your question: “how does an airboat move?” These boats are a unique part of Louisiana life. They are not only recreational tour vehicles but as indispensable working boats.

We carry tens of thousands of people every year on airboat tours and airboat / plantation combo tours. Come and ride with us and discover why we have over 1,000 5-star reviews!

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