Sunset airboat rides

The Ride


Meet at: 8190 W King St, Cocoa, FL 32926
River Lakes Conservation Area Boat Ramp

Get the Airboat Ride of your life!

I'm not one for "river politics" but in this section of the St. Johns River, it does exist.  You're trying to make a smart decision on who to ride with. When my wife and I travel, we're doing the same! We study reviews and in this case we make comparisons, watch videos, look at pictures etc. Lemme lay it out plain and simple.  There are big companies with their air conditioning, petting zoo, rubber snakes, post cards, t-shirts and shot-glasses but remember- they gotta support that setup and you'll be boarding a 15 to 18 passenger vessel. It all boils down to what's important to you.  As for me, I sell the steak- not the sizzle!
Lastly, be mindful of ads that "BAIT" you with an unrealistic price tag. Chances are, you'll notice the equipment is sub-par and poorly maintained. I am Licensed, Permitted and HEAVILY insured to operate commercially through Brevard County Parks and Recreation. It is extremely important when choosing your guide that they have all these. There are a handful of "old school" DO DO's that seem to think the laws don't apply to them, so if they can't produce credentials, walk away!

Gator on the bank

The Airboat

My INSTAGATOR airboat is a late model, state-of-the-art Diamondback. It’s 18’ long by 8.5’ wide making this not only spacious and comfortable, but SUPER stable and SAFE! The fellas out there will appreciate the recent incorporation of the 780 HP big block GM producing 823 FT LBs of torque @4000 RPMs. Most think it’s overkill, but look at it this way, if I can cruise at lower RPMs, that motor’s not straining to push. That means longevity, durability and dependability…. (notice I said GM). I cannot stress enough the importance of impeccable maintenance when traveling to such a remote place! This boat will run dry ground indefinitely and we ARE NOT getting stuck in the mud I assure you!

The vessel is rated by the Coast Guard to carry only 6 passengers making this tour very intimate and personalized. Always remember - in this business, size matters, and smaller IS better. When you start messing with greater capacities past 10 people, something must give, and 3 items off the bat are performance, viewing and comfort. If you’re not in front- you’re looking at someone’s back! There’s a place for everybody in this business though - some travel coach, others First Class… ‘nuff said!

Another wonderful addition I’ve incorporated is aircraft style headsets with microphones! This allows for a fully narrated tour and the ability to talk to each other no matter what speed we’re traveling. My headsets operate through a digital sound processor enabling crystal clear communication as well as blue tooth capability for any music requests… IT’S A BLAST MAN!! I also furnish a cooler stocked with iced down waters and if you want to add sodas, beer or snacks it’s all good! Please try to avoid glass containers which I know is hard to do with craft brews- I get it! Other than that, get ready to kick back and take it all in ‘cause like I say, “It’s a journey, not a ride around the block!”