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Operating your Argo in deep water

Questions and Answers regarding operation of the ARGO in water
  1. Where do I sit when I am operating in water?
  2. What special equipment do I need to operate my Argo in water.
  3. What load can I take into the water?
  4. What do I have to do to transition from land to water?
  5. The bank is really steep. Can I still go into the water?
  6. The Argo sits high in the back when it is in the water, Is that normal?
  7. I want to go faster. How do I do that?
  8. How fast will the Argo go in water using just it's tires?
  9. How do I steer the Argo in the water?
  10. How do I get the Argo out of the water and back on land?
  11. Do I have to licence my Argo to operate in the water?
  12. Can I operate my Argo vehicle in deep water?
  13. Can I fish out of my Argo?

Q: Where do I sit when I am operating in water?

The controls are situated such that you can operate the vehicle from the center or right hand side of the seat. You need to sit in whatever position it takes to level the vehicle side to side. If you are alone in the vehicle, that will probably be in the center. If you have a passenger, you will probably sit to the right. The vehicle goes straight only when it is level side to side.

Q: What special equipment do I need to operate my Argo in water.

State laws may vary, but in California they require you to have a PDF (Personal Flotation Device) for each passenger and a throw-able flotation device on board whenever operating in the water. You also must have a paddle and a signal horn. Check your local regulations before operating the Argo in water.

Q: What load can I take into the water?

Read and understand the operator's manual for you Argo. load limits are stated on plates located near the back of the vehicle. Never exceed the maximum load capacity of the Argo. Bad things will happen!

Q: What do I have to do to transition from land to water?

First you need to make sure the bilge plugs are in. The Argo will sink if it fills completely up with water. Next, you just drive into the water. When the vehicle begins to float, it will begin to move forward from the propulsion of the tires.

Q: The bank is really steep. Can I still go into the water?

Be careful here. If you are unsure how steep bank is, always enter the water backwards. That way you don't take the chance that the front end dives into the water and takes on water before it pops back up again. The rear of the vehicle will float quicker than the front.

Q: The Argo sits high in the back when it is in the water, Is that normal?

Yes. The Argo is designed to carry a load in the water. If the rear compartment is empty, it will float high. The speed in the water is actually faster when the back is up a bit. With a load the vehicle will level out.

Q: I want to go faster. How do I do that?

The Argo is rated for a 9.9 hp outboard motor. There is an optional mounting plate available for the rear of the vehicle on which to mount the motor. We recommend using a long shaft outboard motor with between 5 and 9.9 hp. The addition of an outboard motor will increase water speed to around 7 mph.

Q: How fast will the Argo go in water using just it's tires?

Argo says about 2.5 -3 mph. That equates to a normal walking speed. Wind and current will have a profound effect on speed in the water.

Q: How do I steer the Argo in the water?

Almost the same as you do on land. turn the handle bar in the direction you want to turn. That will speed up the tires on the outside of the turn, and slow the tires on the inside of the turn. To increase the turn rate, shift your weight to the inside of the turn and the turn rate will dramatically increase.

Q: How do I get the Argo out of the water and back on land?

Just maneuver the Argo up to the shore until the tires begin to touch the bottom. As they gain traction on the bottom, the vehicle will begin to climb out of the water. If the bank is too steep to climb out, just find a more gradual slope on which to exit the water.

Q: Do I have to licence my Argo to operate in the water?

If you operate your Argo in a public waterway, it must be licensed the same as any other boat or vessel.

Q: Can I operate my Argo vehicle in deep water?

Absolutely! The Argo line of vehicles are fully amphibious.

Q: Can I fish out of my Argo?

You sure can! using a gas or electric trolling motor, the Argo can do most any kind of fishing on fairly calm water. We often use the Argo to get into lakes that are not accessible with a boat, and use the Argo as out boat when we get there. Trolling for trout is a snap.

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