Safety is the primary concern in the operation of these air boats starting right
with their custom design. Earlier versions of commercial air boats (many of which
are still being used today by other commercial operations) have low seating,
closed tops and partially obstructed operator positioning. All of the Loxahatchee
Everglades Tours vessels on the other hand, are upseated which not only gives
the passengers a much better view, but also decreases the hazards caused by low
lying debris or vegetation. Unlike many other commercial air boats, the captains
seat in all of our boats is located behind and above all of the passengers -
thereby allowing the captain the unfettered ability to view the wildlife and
other boat traffic, as well as being able to keep an eye on every passenger at
Protecting the Environment.
As mentioned above,
these boats are custom designed to protect the environment. The
propulsion systems on all of our boats are able to turn two propellers
(instead of one) at a slower (safer) speed with reduced propeller
noise and reduced exhaust emissions. The custom hull design of
these boats significantly limits boat sliding on turns and attendant
damage to the plant life.
Of course, safety and environmental consciousness are of little importance
if the passengers are not satisfied. This is why special measures have been
taken to accommodate the needs, desires, and comfort of our passengers. Similarly,
each passenger is provided with headset style hearing protection for the "louder" parts
of the journey. The "up seating" design, discussed earlier, also
allows all passengers a greatly improved view over standard commercial air
boats where only the first row of passengers has an unobstructed view.
Though such nicely equipped
air boats cost more to build and maintain, Loxahatchee Everglades
Tours believes the increased benefit - both in terms of safety,
environmental responsibility, and passenger satisfaction - more
than outweighs the cost.