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Old 02-14-2012, 02:21 PM
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I know turbines are expensive but why are they not used in rc boats. I could see some impressive amount of speed out of a cat with a turbine. Are there any that you can buy as a kit?
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I know Peter Mueller and Tom Borrisch (ClassOneRC) has one in the USA .. ,
and several Dutch , Swiss and German owners.

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Do a YouTube search for > jetcat catamaran
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ok i will look it up. Are there any inexpensive rc turbines around? and they use a shaft attached to the turbine?
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I don't believe that an inexpensive turbine exist.
The turbine is coupled to a gearbox, the prop cable/shaft goes to an output shaft at the gearbox.
Unfortunately the pictures I have found are from a site that we are not allowed to post.

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I know Tom Borisch and have seen one of Peter Mueller's boats and may have talked to him but didn't know who he was at the time. Tom's turbines were $4,500.00 a pop and has 2 of them in his big Cat.
Tom has a video posted on his site: http://www.classonerc.com/
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I know turbines are expensive but why are they not used in rc boats. I could see some impressive amount of speed out of a cat with a turbine. Are there any that you can buy as a kit?
A twin turbine cat your talking $15 000 and up. Single turbine cat would be in the $8 000 and up range. Not many people have $8000 tied up in this hobby - yet alone in a single boat.

The inexpensive version of a turbine is called a Zenoah - will bring the price down by around $5000 per turbine.
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how fast do they tend to go? Are turbine boats allowed to race with gas boats?
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Don't know, never saw one topped out as they take a while to get up to speed.
No, they're not legal to race in the normal sanctioning bodies as there are no classes for them yet.
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How fast do they tend to go?
On this side of the pond ... 176Km/h or 109M/h
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wow  thats fast. im assuming  if they injest water that can ruin the turbines?
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I just put mine in the water today for an buoyancy test and a short run at idle

Damn windy day though....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk8K2LO2AO8

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You will have a lot more trouble with sucking water when you have a thrust only turbine boat. Only one I saw running well was in a canard hydro - was quick and stayed on the plane through the turns. Also a better layout for the turbine.

Wish you had a better hull to work with - that turbine will be a little lost in that hull. Keep the videos coming though!!

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