Frequently Asked Questions about Airboats!
You may not see airboats everyday unless you work at our Orlando airboat tours, so it’s no surprise that we receive a variety of questions about our airboats! Check out our frequently asked questions and learn more about the airboats that make our rides the best in Central Florida!
How fast do airboats go?
Racing airboats can reach speeds of over 130 miles per hour, but airboats gliding at over even 50 can be dangerous. They don’t go quite as fast on land as they do on water, and they should be used with caution, especially since they don’t have breaks!
Do airboats have breaks?
As we mentioned, they do not have breaks. Some rescue airboats used in icy conditions may have breaks that increase the drag of the boat, making it easy to slow down and stop. Airboats require a skilled captain to slow down and bring the break-less airboats to a complete stop.
Where can airboats be used?
Airboats are great for use in nearly any type of terrain, including swamps, wetlands, dry land, ice, mud, and tall vegetation. Many different industries use airboats to make their jobs easier. Law enforcement, search and rescue, aquatic vegetation control, hunting and fishing, and airboat tours are some of the many industries where you might see an airboat in action.
What type of engines do airboats have?
Older airboats were known to have aircraft engines, but when service and parts were difficult to come by, they began to be replaced by V8 automotive engines. Every airboat might also have a different type of engine with varying degrees of horsepower depending on its purpose.
Do you have any other questions about our airboats or our airboat tours in Orlando? Take an airboat tour with Wild Florida and our captains can give you the lowdown on our airboats as well as our natural wildlife park. Book your tour today by calling us at 407-901-2563. Learn more about our swamp and enjoy your day viewing the plant and animal wildlife that call our wetlands home!