Custom Ice Fishing Boat

Customer: Bill Sibley, GM of Powerhouse Marine


Build: Custom Ice Fishing Boat


Size: 15×8 ice hull


Motor: 5.3 fuel-injected General Motors LS engine

The Testimony

When I started to think about getting a custom built airboat I went to Gale Marine and talked to Jake the owner and he listened what I wanted and built the boat with Pride and made the boat perfect for me , Lots of the parts they custom made in their shop that are more heavy duty than what you can buy , The boat is used on the ice 90 % of the time, I needed one that would hold up to the harsh conditions and he did just that , and also the trailer they made heavy duty and loads very easy , From start to finish Gale marine gets a 100% rating from me, And the paint Job on the boat is outstanding , If anyone wants a custom built one of a kind boat Gale marine is the place to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Build

Customer Bill Sibley, GM of Powerhouse Marine in Lacrosse, WI, approached Jake to build him a 15 x 8 custom airboat which would be used primarily for ice fishing. This airboat was to be an ice hull made extremely durable and reliable, well-suited for our harsh winters. Bill also had wanted Gale Marine to create a few unique accessories within this airboat. So Jake began fabrication of this ice hull with 11 T bars for reinforcement and 3/8″ polymer on bottom and sides.

He then developed an extremely reliable engine package built on the fuel-injected General Motors LS engine platform with a gooseneck gauge panel. A 5.3 engine was used in this airboat. This engine produces superior reliability and a very good horsepower-to-weight ratio. To transform that power into thrust to efficiently and quietly power his craft, he used 79EX Whirlwind Propellers along with an Ox Drive Reduction unit.

Unique accessories for this sport are the ice auger holder, a simple removable windshield, and steps for the driver and passenger. We finished it off with a Reelfoot Custom Camo paint design with Mil-Spec, marine grade enamel camo paint from Camo Designs by Ricky. A little camo Hydroturf for traction and custom aluminum trailer and it was complete.