Ready to run
Not LiPo ready
Aquacraft has improved their already popular
SuperVee 27 offshore super boat.
The new SuperVee 27R is loaded with
improvements including a stronger power plant, 2.4GHz radio system,
stronger hull seam joint, new cooling equipment, new hardware, and
improved handling thanks to a change in the center of gravity.
It sounds like we may have a winner in our
wake so keep reading to see how all of this fits together to give us
the new SuperVee 27R.
SUPERVEE 27R RTR Price:
$329.97 varies with dealer Hull Length:
Length: 31" Width:
(w/battery): 5lb & 4oz Motor:
Water cooled 6-pole 1800Kv Brushless motor ESC:
Water cooled 45A Brushless ESC w/Deans® connectors Running Gear:
Black anodized aluminum rudder & turn fins Propeller: 3
blade 40mm Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Radio:
Tactic TTX240 2.4GHz radio system w/Tactic SX100 servo
Four "AA" batteries for radio
Two 6-cell NiMH battery packs
NiMH compatible charger
Miscellaneous hand tools
The hand-laid fiberglass hull, red paint,
and clear coat all contribute to the beautiful appearance of this boat. The shallow vee hull
design is not only attractive, but is great for spec class racing.
Aquacraft includes a
full decal sheet which includes everything necessary to achieve the
factory designed trim scheme as well an optional design in case you
want something different. I don't dislike the trim scheme shown on the
box, but I think the boat looks much better with the included optional
Left rear angle
Right rear angle
The flat black
appearance of the running gear was achieved by anodizing the aluminum
parts. The rudder, turn fins, "Stinger" strut, and brackets are all
aluminum. A brass stuffing tube is slid inside the strut and runs the
length of the flex shaft.
The running gear is
tunable giving you opportunity to finely adjust the SuperVee 27R's
handling to your liking. The rudder and turn fins can be sharpened for
less drag. The strut can be angled up or down to change the depth of
the propeller. This will effect speed, run time, and motor temperature.
Adjusting the trim
plates will determine how much of the hull rides under the water
surface. This in turn will effect how loose or tight the boat feels. A
looser boat, which means less of the boat in the water, is faster but
more difficult to control. A tighter boat, more of the hull surface in
the water, is easier to control but the boat will be slower and run
times are slightly shortened.
As you can see there
are plenty of options to keep you busy achieving that perfect race or
The fiberglass hatch
uses a secure yet simple to operate fastening system. The front of the
hatch has a plastic tube resined in place. This pin slides into a hole
in the fiberglass hull. The rear of the hatch is fitted with a pin
style fastener. This fastener pops into a spring loaded bracket in the
rear of the hull. To release the hatch, turn the latch 1/4 turn and the
hatch can be removed.
There is a 2" piece
of foam glued to the inside of the hatch to keep it afloat in the event
of an accident.
Left turn fin
Adjustable trim tab
Foam inside hull
Spring loaded latch
included a Tactic 2.4GHz radio system. The TTX240 2-channel transmitter
only requires four "AA" batteries and includes options such as steering
and throttle trims and reversing as well as steering dual rates. The
dual rates could be helpful for a non-seasoned boater to help prevent
The TR324 3-channel
receiver uses (SLT) Secure Link Technology and does not require an
external antenna. The lack of an external antenna means less places for
water to seep in and then the obvious, it looks better. The receiver is
placed loosely inside the sealed electronics box. I applied some double
sided servo tape to the back of the receiver and fastened it inside the
Steering power is
provided with an Aquacraft SX-100 servo. The servo is mounted to a
plastic servo tray inside the sealed electronics box and is secured
with four screws.
ESC, and batteries
I would like to start this section by
talking about the new motor. The SuperVee 27R comes with an Aquacraft
6-pole 1800 KV brushless motor. Cooling is provided by water flowing
through the black anodized aluminum cooling jacket. This motor is more
powerful than the original SuperVee 27 motor and the specs are as
Shaft Length: 15mm
Overall Length: 71mm
Shaft Size: 5mm
Input Voltage: 7-18.5v
Max Surge Current:
No Load Current: 5.0A
kV Rating: 1800 rpm/V
Input Voltage: 12-14
cells NiMH (8-20V w/o BEC)
Output Current: 45A
Output Current: 60A
Max Output Power: 900
Timing Angle: 10deg
The electronic speed
controller (ESC) cooling jacket is made of black anodized aluminum and
has two cooling canals running along the top in parallel. Water first
enters the cooling system through a transom mounted pickup line. The
water then travels through blue silicone tubing to the ESC, then to the
motor, and is discarded through an aluminum fitting mounted in the side
of the hull.
The ESC is not
designed to be used with LiPo batteries. Two 7.2V battery packs are
required to run the SuperVee 27R. I am using two Duratrax DTX5000
batteries. These are 6-cell 7.2V 5000mAh NiMH battery packs (part
DTXC2151). These batteries should supply great overall engine
performance as well as long run times.
Water cooled ESC
Rubber wire boot
Radio box and battery
Brass stuffing tube-end
and Metal Propeller have to be bought separately. High-Performance
Metal Propeller must be balanced and should also be sharpened for the
best possible performance.
with stock prop:
I tested the Aquacraft SuperVee 27R using
the stock fiber reinforced plastic propeller first. I installed two
fully charged DTX5000 NiMH battery packs and hand launched the boat
into the lake.
Hand launching the SuperVee 27R produced
minimal cavitation and the boat was on plane in no time. There is no
doubt this is a fast boat. I started off with a loose set up and the
entire hull was coming out of the water. It is fair to say feathering
the throttle was necessary to keep my speed up while ensuring the boat
remained right side up.
There were some
instances where I got worried as the boat danced across the water, but
that was just part of the excitement.
Starting from a dead
start introduced some unwanted cavitation. It required being quite
aggressive to get the boat up to speed. This was due to the three
bladed plastic propeller and can be improved by replacing it with a
GrimRacer High-Performance Metal Propeller.
predictable at 1/2 to 3/4 throttle. Full throttle steering required
finesse as to be expected at such speeds. I could easily trim the boat
to handle smoother at full throttle by slightly bending down the rear
trim tabs. The batteries are now getting low and I'm ready to check out
with Grim Reaper 42x55 High Performance Metal Prop:
I took an evening to
prepare an Aquacraft GrimRacer 42x55 metal propeller (AQUB9725). This
propeller is sold separately and will need to be sharpened and
I mounted the
prepared prop to the boat and took it back to the lake. I installed two
fully charged DTX5000 battery packs and hand launched the boat. I
immediately noticed a difference how quickly the boat was up to speed.
I could tell the top speed was higher as well.
I came to a dead stop
in the middle of the lake so I could test cavitation. The new prop
launched the boat to plane much quicker than the stock prop did.
Cavitation was almost nonexistent. The boat felt much more responsive
which makes it more enjoyable to drive. I highly recommend the metal
prop for this boat.
I stuck my GPS unit
inside the hull to record top speeds with both types of props. Look
below for the results.
This is the Top Speed
with the stock prop
This is the Top Speed
the Metal prop.
OUT THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE SUPERVEE 27R BELOW
The Supervee 27R is
not your typical beginner's basher. This boat is geared toward
experienced boaters who are wanting to race or just go incredibly fast.
If you are a beginner, hold on to your drawers, and be prepared to
exercise throttle control. This boat is fast and is a blast to operate.
I highly recommend 5000MaH packs and the aftermarket GrimRacer 42x55
High-Performance Metal Prop even if you aren't going to race.
wanting a competitive super-boat in the FE class or put blank looks on
your friends faces, this boat is up to the challenge.
Product Support: 3002 N. Apollo Drive,
Champaign IL 61822
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