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Old 04-30-2019, 07:31 PM
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Default Recommendations for Summer Camp RC Boats

Last year a summer camp I work with added R/C Trucks to their growing list of activities made available to campers. An LHS (that, unfortunately, has recently closed down) recommended some 2WD Traxxas Slash's and Rustler's (three of each) which served them well. The camp has several dual chargers and a large pile of 7-cell NiMH batteries.

The camp is now wanting to explore R/C boats as an additional summer activity. The camp is on a large lake, with a canoe launch point that is set back in a bay.

Several things are important:
1. Durability
2. Repairability (parts availability, etc.)
3. Adequate power for lake size area.
4. Variation in color of hull so multiples can be operated at the same time.

Obviously, going Traxxas has its perks with sharing parts, batteries, and chargers with the R/C Trucks... however, going a different brand with alternate batteries, chargers, etc. Is not out of the question.

Thoughts? Recommendations?
Old 05-01-2019, 01:35 AM
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Something rough n tough like a squad of Springers. Not floating missiles as would be expected from Taxxas, but built from ply and liable to stand up to plenty of abuse. Do a search for "model tug football", a few hits in should get past the rubbish and find something like - Springer Tug
Kits are available, but probably nowhere near as strong.
Worth remembering that buggys are not usually in an environment where they can sink, and if anything happens to them, you can usually walk over and recover them. When something happens to a boat, it either drifts away or sinks, occasionally both. Read carefully the thread on here titled "Why not to swim after your boat".
Old 05-02-2019, 07:29 PM
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If you would like something a little sportier than the Springer Tug, you might consider a Wild Thing.
This is a wooden vee hulled boat that can be either electric or two stroke engine powered. It could also be a nice project for some of the "campers" to build, providing they have the patience to wait for the required epoxy to cure between steps. One other nice thing about the Wild Thing is that you can control the top speed by swapping out the motor, battery pack and prop for smaller ones as desired to keep the boats from being too fast for the campers to handle. Conversely, detuning the boats with the radio could also be an option. If this is a viable option, you can order kits from here:

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