How to Build an Airboat

Whether it's for tours, fishing or rescue, building an airboat is a fun and exciting project that will give you hours of enjoyment and possibly an extra income. Keeping in mind the safety aspects required and making sure certain specifications line up correctly, you can build an airboat that you and friends can take out to have a great time. Here are the basics on building your very own airboat.

Decide what type of airboat you want to build. They range in use, so keep in mind what you will be using it for. If you will be taking people on tours, be extra cautious of required safety measures. You don't want a liability lawsuit to cause you to loose your house.

Find a plan. Basic plans to build an airboat are available from outfits like Lake Buggy Airboats website. Here you can choose from single seat and two seat plans.

Obtain an airboat engine and propeller. Some folks have used lawnmower engines and some have used turbine engines to power their airboats. It's easier to find an airboat engine that is already paired with a propeller so the gearing and horsepower configuration is already set.

Follow the airboat plan specifications for assembly. Make sure to build your airboat's hull to match the thrust produced by the engine.

Complete your airboat by attaching seats with seat belts and a protection device around the propeller.

Things You'll Need

  • Engine
  • Propeller
  • Hull
  • Seats with seat belts


  • Airboats are dangerous. Do not attempt to build one if you do not have adequate tools or knowledge.


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