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Old 05-15-2018, 02:57 AM
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Hey guys, I have a two-part question here.

I have done extensive research to locate a Pond for gas boats near Seattle. I am planning a move back to the Seattle area this summer. Before packing up I figured it would be wise to post a question for anyone in the area so I can try to confirm some of the information I have gathered.

I know about the pond in Marysville (North) called Gissberg Twin Lakes, and the pond in Tacoma called Waughop Lake. Both of these are freshwater. Then I am aware of Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton and Lake Union Park in Seattle. Both of which are salt water.

Can anyone discuss and clarify my gas boat options for the Renton/ Kent area? I've also never ran my boat in saltwater and am open for discussion on the effects of salt water on Driveline components.

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Old 05-15-2018, 10:42 PM
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I'll try to address your questions and statements in order:
First off, Lake Union and Lake Washington are both fresh water. You don't hit salt water until you go through the Ballard Locks and in to Puget Sound
To run ANY R/C BOAT on Twin Lakes or Lake Waughop, you have to apply for and receive a permit from the appropriate county/city agency since these are both located in parks. I can tell you, from personal experience, that you will be run out of the park if you get caught running any R/C boat, car or plane at Twin Lakes.
AFAIK, most lakes that allow full sized power boats will allow like powered R/C boats. Some lakes do not allow gas powered boats so only electric or sail R/C boats would be allowed. I know Seattle's Green Lake only allows sailboats while Lake Stevens, Lake Roesenger and Lake Goodwin up in Snohomish County, I believe, will allow R/Cs as long as you don't go near the swimming areas

For more information, I would direct you to the following website:
::: The Official Site of the North American Model Boat Association :::

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Hey, Thanks alot that's great info.
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Just out of curiosity, what kind of boats do you run? I can probably give you contact info for someone that runs similar boats in the Seattle area
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That would be great. I have a 46" Cal-Craft Mono and am planning on building a Seaducer Sport Hydro as soon as I arrive.

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Okay, that makes it easy. The best two people to contact would be Kelly Gruol (his contact info is in the link above), or Jerry Dunlap, who is a member of this forum. They would know more than I would about those two styles of boats and where to run them than I do
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Gr8 info. Thanks A lot
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Area RC boat legend Jerry Dunlap runs at Waughop. Go to the NAMBA.com site and you'll find lake sin your area. You can also find his contact info in there but in the title say something about RC boats otherwise he might dismiss it. He's a pretty good guy as we've met a few times after tossing e-mails back and forth. That's Jerry in the blue shirt.
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Airbatik2, did you ever get the info you were looking for about where you can and can't run?
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Thanks for asking.

I filed the contacts I recieved away for when I arrive in WA. It seems Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is the best bet for gas boats. Since I will be going to class more than working I decided to move back to Tacoma instead of Kent. The drive to Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is kind of long but I've had worse commutes.

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Okay, looking for updates. Are you up in Tacoma yet and have you had a chance to get a boat in the water?
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Waughop is walking distance from my house, I need to get out there one of the times they are running. There is also an RC airplane designated area in the park. I sometimes go out with my wife and watch them fly at dusk, some of the guys have planes with leds all over them and they look fantastic as the sun is going down.
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