What is an Airboat Scoot?

Scoot airboat is also known as the airboat scoot. It was invented in Ontario by the residents of Georgian Bay to fulfill transportation on the mainland during winters and spring. It is a flat bottomed vessel with an engine and propeller fitted. Unfortunately, it was forgotten for decades by the people. The airboat scoot walks on snow, ice, and water very well.

Presently, the airboats are mainly present as rescue vessels as they are all-season transport that can get to places that are impossible to reach through the regular boats. Also, an airboat in the USA is popular amongst tourists as they can easily explore a lot of weedy and muddy areas that are pretty hard to reach otherwise.
Airboats are long in structure and relatively low, with a big propeller on the back. Its specific design isn't made just for the appearance, but rather, it is of practical use too. As the propeller is being out of the water, the bottom is absolutely smooth. This design is done to make the airboating in Canada and the USA ideal for certain environments such as Everglades and various other national parks.


Are you aware of who thought of inventing this economical yet useful structure in the early xx century?

Alexander Graham Bell, a very known personality who invented the first-ever telephone, invented the airboat in 1905. He was working in the labs of Nova Scotia, Canada. Henceforth, the first-ever airboating in Canada was done by him.

Airboats were not named by their current name initially; the first-ever name given to an airboat was 'fan boat' probably because the propeller on the back of the boat looks like a huge fan working. The first-ever airboat was built and named 'The Ugly Duckling'.


  • The engine and propeller are situated at the rear of the boat, enclosed in a protective metal cage. The propeller produces a rearward column of air that propels the airboat in moving forward.
  • Steering is achieved by forced air passing across vertical rudders. There has to be a forceful airflow in order for the vessel to be steered.
  • Airboats do not have brakes and are unable to travel in reverse. Stopping and reversing direction can be done with the help of a well-skilled operator/pilot/driver only. Overall operating an airboat is a completely different experience and requires more skills at aerodynamic than steering a watercraft.

For what all purposes can we use an airboat?

Suppose you are planning to experience airboating in Canada or wish to buy an airboat in Canada. In that case, it's quite essential to know for what purposes holistically can be used.

1. Best at the emergency response.

One must know that modernly designed airboats are made from various materials: rubber polymers, fiberglass, aluminum with onboard propellers, and flat bottoms. This makes them fly swiftly across a marsh, ice, snow, vegetation, and various landscapes, making them perfect for responding to emergencies that may occur anytime. Many fire and rescue organizations buy airboats in Canada and use them to quickly and efficiently access emergencies that would otherwise be hard to reach.

2. Helps in Water and Soil Testing.

Airboats are suitable to be used for soil testing, water testing, and for doing various surveys in hard-to-access areas. This majorly helps in ensuring that future excavation-related projects will not destroy the wildlife and surrounding environment.

3. Observe wildlife easily-

Airboats can travel to areas that an average person cannot access with the regular boat; this allows people, especially the wildlife caretakers, to observe the wildlife that cannot be seen every day. For example- Alligators, eagles, and some special birds are on the list of many unique animals that can be observed with the help of an airboat.