The RIO arrived to my door step safely and I was eager to unveil Aquacraft's new creation.
The first thing that stood out to me was the use of bright colors in the boat's color scheme. The RIO looks great and will be easy to see in the water.
The main decals are applied and an extra decal sheet is also packaged with the kit. The main decals had a couple of bubble spots that were easily smoothed out using the top of my finger nail.
I always enjoy applying decals so the extra decal sheet was a treat for me. I used the box as a reference and was deep in concentration as I lined up the sponsor decals. The boat looks even better. Now it looks like a racing boat! I applied a couple decals on the transmitter as well to make it easier to match up with the boat.
The instruction manual explains maintenance techniques with plenty of illustrations. Inside the manual you will also find much detail on starting a racing circuit. Some of the information includes terminology, course layout, and racing rules. There is also a section to find local boating organizations.
ABS plastic is molded into this long and shallow hull. As you can see in the above pictures, the design is sporty and should handle great. Both hull and hatch have styrofoam glued to the inside of them. The styrofoam will make the difference whether the boat sinks or floats while capsized.
The rear of the hull has a drain plug that will come in handy to easily rid your boat of water that may have accumulated during running. A small blemish is spotted at the rear of the hull next to the drain plug, possibly a drop of epoxy.
The running gear is aluminum with plastic hinge points. The rudders, support brackets, trim tabs, and fins are aluminum for long lasting rust free performance. I especially like the rudder design of this boat. The dual rudders will supply excellent steering and are fastened with break away bolts. The top mounting bolt is stainless and the bottom bolt is nylon plastic. When excessive force is applied to the rudders from the front, the nylon bolt will break and the rudders pivot upward. This will save the entire rear end from damage if you run over something in the water like a log or rock.
prop is attached to a metal flex shaft that needs to be greased
often. Recommended shaft maintenance is after each day of use.
This not only greases the shaft to spin freely but it also protects
it against water damage. Use marine grade grease only. Aquacraft
models recommends GrimRacer Speed Grease for this task.
The motor coupler connects the prop shaft to the motor shaft with set screws.