My early '90s 40/28 hp Suzuki OB jet motor powerhead bit the dust. I have used it for years on a 16 ft. jon boat to access a particularly rocky river where I live. The hull has been battered and breached numerous times and the engine sprung upward to locked position frequently when the foot contacts a rock. The old gal doesn't owe me a cent.
I need to replace the craft. I've been thinking about a small airboat. With my past boat, I could transport 4 adults with fishing gear up and down the river. My RT distance is generally 30-40 miles. No speed records were set but it would do the job. I have toyed with the idea of a small airboat with an UHMW bottom. Does anyone have experience with these for use in Alaska? Durability? Carrying capacity? Fuel burn? Trusted manufacturers?