In 1992 the team took delivery of an 18′ panther flat bottom air boat and a 16′ avon rigid hull inflatable boat with a 90 horse power outboard motor. the air boat is housed at our new station 77 and the r.i.b. is housed at station 3 in palo alto. the air boat is a 18’8" long, 8’4" wide, 9′ high painted aluminum boat.. How to build an airboat. 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.. Mini airboats, like the lake buggy, have become very popular with both fishermen and general water enthusiasts because the airboat plans make them easy to build with a simple airboat hull, very affordable, and fun to use..