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This past spring I picked up 16 x60 in hopes of some day putting a kicker fan on it say 10-15 hp. When I was getting my registration I asked the folks there if fans were legal and they said NO in state parks except 4 parks. Just wondering though if they could be used on Muskingum Watershed lakes? Have you ever seen anyone in a state park with a fan?

I am sick of my troller just bogging down trying go through weeds and I am sick of spooking fish with my troller half way out of the water in the shallows. Nonetheless I think this is the reality of bow fishing in Ohio.
 

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Not allowed on Muskingum or state parks. It is classified as an air powered boat.

I would call a DOW office to get the most accurate advice, however.
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Theres a couple of us who shoot a small circuit, most of those are on Muskingum lakes, theres a guy who has a small fan boat who shoots with us. He hasnt had any problems.

Also, Carpn has an 1872 fanboat. BIG fan too. You could try pm'ing him with questions.

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Not an air boat I would be still be using my 25 hp as my primary mode of transportation. Nonetheless there is a huge difference an air boat has a big block with fan blade on it! A kicker fan usually has less than 25 hp and is more or less a trolling motor.

It would be interesting to see how DOW defines air powered when you still have a 25 hp out board on it.
 

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Not an air boat I would be still be using my 25 hp as my primary mode of transportation. Nonetheless there is a huge difference an air boat has a big block with fan blade on it! A kicker fan usually has less than 25 hp and is more or less a trolling motor.

It would be interesting to see how DOW defines air powered when you still have a 25 hp out board on it.
I am not a stranger to the world of bowfishing. I know exactly what a pusher fan is, and have shot from fanboats. It is still considered airpowered, as it pushes the boat in place of a troller.

Why build a fan with a smaller motor than 25 horse? Then you have to run it at almost full throttle to get anywhere and it is super loud and annoying. Do yourself a favor and move up to a 35 or so and add at least a 48 inch prop, still noisy, but at least you aren't listening to the annoying waaaaaaaaaa....waaaaaaaa of the small motor.
 
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