List Price: $349.98 Hull Length: 29.5 in (750 mm) Overall Length: 31.75 in (808 mm) Beam: 10.4 in (264 mm) Height: 6.5 in (165 mm) Empty Weight: 65 oz (1843 g) RTR Weight: 83 oz (2353 g) Motor: AquaCraft water-cooled 6-pole 1800kV brushless
motor (included) Radio: Tactic TTX240 2.4GHz spread spectrum radio
system (included) Requires: (4) "AA" batteries, (2) 7.4V
LiPo batteries of 4200mAh/20C or higher, compatible battery charger
Lots of room to mount Battery packs
Imperfections in the Fiberglass
Motley Crew was neatly packaged and arrived safely.
Motley Crew catamaran is based off the full size Motley Crew Skater
368 champion race boat. The Motley Crew is a race purpose boat
and looks the part. The fiberglass hull is a little rough in spots,
maybe it could have been wet sanded again, but this boat wasn't
designed to be a shelf queen. It was designed to win races and
it's obvious much attention was used in designing a fast hull.
Each sponson has 1/2 degree of toe-in for straight line tracking
closed fiberglass hull is in fact designed to race. The inside
of the hull is completely enclosed and a rubber drain plug is
inserted into the rear of the hull for drainage. This is a great
feature. Because air is trapped inside the sealed hull, the entire
hull acts as a flotation device.
drop down cockpit has plenty of room for all electronics and batteries.
The square shape of the cockpit allows for easy taping of the
fiberglass hatch has extra reinforcement around the edges for
a sturdy design. Two plastic cross braces are glued to the underside
of the hatch for added strength and foam is attached as well for
GrimRacer aluminum hardware is used on the Motley Crew. Black
aluminum rudder, tiller arm, transom, strut, strut assembly, and
drive dog make up the rear of the boat.
plastic two bladed propeller may be adjusted in depth and angle.
The flex shaft, encased in a brass tube, does well to deliver
power from the brushless motor. Like all shaft driven RC boats,
it's a good idea to grease the flex shaft after every couple of
AquaCraft water-cooled 6-pole 3656 1800kV brushless motor provides
plenty of power to launch the Motley Crew to the finish line.
Angled fittings allow smooth water flow through the cooling jacket,
enabling efficient cooling. The cooling jacket allows eight different
mounting options for the cooling lines for optimum customization.
electronics in the Motley Crew are secured with hook and loop
tape. This holds the components securely and allows easy removal
for maintenance and cleaning.
Tactic TTX240 2.4GHz spread spectrum radio system is included
with the Motley Crew to provide worry free control. Secure Link
Technology prevents the receiver from recognizing any transmitter
signal except it's own.
transmitter includes channel reversing, steering and throttle
trims, steering dual rates, and a power indicator light. Four
"AA" batteries are needed to power the transmitter.
60 Amp electronic speed controller by Aquacraft Models is used
to regulate power in the Motley Crew. A water jacket is integrated
into the casing to keep it cool. An automatic shut off is triggered
if the speed control gets too hot and another cut off is triggered
when the LiPO batteries reach their minimum safe temperatures.
The low voltage cut off is preceded first by the stutter bump
phase which allows just enough power to get the boat back to shore.
These features are needed with LiPO batteries to prevent them
from dropping below their safe voltage range. Draining a LiPO
below its safe voltage range will fatally damage the pack.
GrimRacer Speed Packs by AquaCraft
LiPo batteries are required to run the Motley Crew race boat.
Grim Racer packs are the battery of choice for this particular
boat. Spec’d, tested and approved by Mike “Grimracer”
Zaborowski, longtime competitor and championship title winner,
these speed packs offer brute-sized 10-gauge discharge leads that
can handle race winning current. They are also built using genuine
Deans® Ultra Plug® connectors and ElectriFly® style
balancing plugs. The Grim Racer packs offer high current rates
with a smooth reliable discharge available in 30c and 40c. These
soft packs were designed for optimum performance and work great
in the Motley Crew racing catamaran.
appropriate charger capable of safely charging LiPo battery packs
will also be needed. If you haven't got one already, the Electrifly
Triton EQ balance charger is a good charger to consider. Ease
of use, the ability to charge LiPo, NiMH, NiCD, Li-Ion, &
LiFe packs, as well as AC & DC input connections make the
Triton a great choice.
charge current is adjustable from 100mA to 5 amps
detection technology for NiCd and NiMH batteries
current / constant voltage technology for lithium and
and NiMH trickle current
current adjustable from 100mA to 1 amp
cutoff voltage adjustable for NiCd/MH batteries
and NiMH batteries can be cycled from 1 to 5 times for
controls and super-simple programming make for simplicity
input and output volts, peak volts, individual lithium
cell voltages, average discharge volts, charge and discharge
capacity, currents and time, error messages, and more
beeper aids in programming and notifies of function changes
features include fast charge safety timer, current overload
and reverse polarity protection
Does not include charge jack.
Performance & Handling:
running the Motley Crew, there was no doubt this thing was built
for racing! Aquacraft models along with Mike Grimracer Zaborowski
have designed this model from start to finish, and it shows.
Motley Crew is incredibly stable! I actually tried to flip it
and was unable.
Motley Crew will just about turn back on itself, and at full throttle.
boat was designed for racing, so both sharp turns as well as sweeping
turns may be needed. The Motley Crew cuts beautifully through
a smooth sweeping turn while staying on course. Turns are precise
and smooth. Sharp turns are controlled and precise as well.
Motley Crew has mastered the art of turning for both beginners
and advanced boaters.
Motley Crew rockets off the line and holds top speed through sweeping
turns. I was pleased at how much speed it carried through sharp
90º turns as well.
a dead stop, there is very little cavitation and if tossed in,
there is absolutely none.
the recommended LiPo batteries, the Motley crew registered 37mph
on the GPS. The bulky GPS unit threw off the balance some by adding
extra weight to the front of the boat. I'm guessing actual top
speed without the added weight of the GPS is more like 38-39mph.
The film and photo crew had a difficult time keeping up with this
boat when any amount of zoom was being used.
pond I was running in was hot. It was actually warmer than bath
water. I guess the many days of 98 degree weather here in Tennessee
is cooking our still bodies of water. Unfortunately, the warm
water wasn't as efficient in cooling the electronics as cool water
would have been. This did however, allow me to witness the high
temperature cut off on the ESC first hand. I was able to run the
boat several times for about 13 minutes when the temp cut-off
kicked in. After the boat cooled off it ran fine again. I'm glad
to see AquaCraft has thought of this, I can think of some other
models that would have fried instead of just shutting down temporarily.
Good job AquaCraft!
truly is a race-bred boat! If you are looking to get into RC boat
racing and you're not sure which RTR will be competitive, the
Motley Crew is the answer.
fast, stable, holds a line, and has plenty of room for battery
positioning. This is a well thought out boat designed by a reputable
racer and championship title winner. AquaCraft Models has done
a fantastic job.
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