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Old 06-16-2004, 12:58 PM
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Default New to boats need some help!!!!

Hey guys, I am from North Carolina I have been flying airplanes for about 8 years and have started float flying alittle, we have a pond that is 600ft long buy 30ft wide I was wanting a rc boat to play with when not flying, I was wanting something that handles good and that is fast, I would prefer electric because it is hard enough keeping my planes running and electric is so much simpler, I was looking some thing rtr for under 175 dollars,, does anybody have any suggestions on a rtr kit, I have looked on towerhobbies and there is some great looking offshore type boats, most of them look like they come with 500-550 motors, would this boat be pretty fast for a electric... any suggestions would be greatly appreciatted...
Old 06-16-2004, 01:17 PM
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Please, please, please, stay away from those crappy RTR electric boats!

With some rare exceptions, the ones with the 550/540 motors aren't built for the customer to enjoy, but for the moneygrabbing manufacturers, and are not worth the shipping costs, and they certainly are not fast.

Take a look at www.offshoreelectrics.com for some RTR boats that are worth spending your money on.

Or, even better, get an epoxy/glass hull with the propshaft and the rudder allready fitted and fit a motor and electrics to your liking and budget and have years of running fun!

www.mhz-engines.com or www.mhzusa.com

While you're at it, make a floodchamber in it, so it will self-right after a flip.

Please consult a forum such as this when you have narrowed down your choise.

Regards, Jan.
Old 06-16-2004, 01:30 PM
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Jan, I think that was a highly bombastic blanketed statement.
Most of the RTR's on tower under 150 are an excellent buy. I have had the blast, the turbo vee II and the EP hammer over the years and my friends have had others, not to mention I have scratch built and built kits of. All of these RTR boats are well built, fast and HIGHLY open to modifications.
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

I have heard good things about the ep hammer. They have them for a good price at www.towerhobbies.com.
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

I was looking heavily at the Traxxas BLAST it looks good and is a good brand but as for the performance is it semi fast, I realize that a 550 is no speed demon but as I say again I know nothing about them... give me some more opinions, has anyone had the BLAST by traxxas
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Default I'm glad I attracted some attention

I can afford to be a bit "highly bombastic" in order to attract some attention to the sometimes dreadful lack of quality of some RTR boats offered on the net.

That's why I always recommend to look at offshore electrics, as Steven has pretty much weeded out all the crappy boats from his collection on offer.

I feel that it's a shame that a lot of manufacturers flood the market with nice looking RTR boats, very appealing to beginners, who will most likely get very disappointed by the lack of performance and durability and loose interest in the hobby all together.

Hence my advice to narrow down the choice and ask advice on a forum like this, before buying something you might regret.

And behold: the recommendations are coming from all over the place!

Regards, Jan.
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Default RE: I'm glad I attracted some attention

I still think the RTR market is very promising
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

The best is Azimut Atlantic Challenger from Graupner... I like this boat so much, that I have started to build my own boat which is a copy to Azimut. My pictures of the boats building proces you can see here: http://www.fotki.lv/1/gallery/UkNXQx1GUEFRCVEJUQ==.html If you want to talk or ask something about this, just mail me - [email protected]. Oh by the way, I add some pictures there regulary, so you can visit that site not just for one time....
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Dont get me wrong, but for a beginner the Atlantic challenger is by far the worst idea. Not only can you not find it in the states, it requires extensive building, ones own equipment and other materials.
A readily available RTR is a better decision.
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

you can get any model Graupner makes at www.hobbylobby.com..about boats...the Kyosho 059, and 600 are excellent buys.
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Hey Marcho...is it going to look like one of the Azimut Yachts??
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

or the Atlantic Challenger?
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Well, I'm trying to make it similar with the Azimut Atlantic Challenger... But I don't have any blueprintys, so it will be quite hard work...
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Red Rocket is right, the Graupner Azimuth Challenger is not advisable as a first boat, if you don't have an experienced boater around to help you.
It's also a tadd more expensive than the 175$, mentioned in the first post.....

It's an impressing looking boat with its two jets, the hull however is not designed for high speed, if you want to go fast in that size boat, there are better hulldesigns available.

Regards, Jan.
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Hey! Could someone help me out? How does the water cooling system works (when there is this spiral around motor)? Is there some waterpump or what? And meybe someone could show me some link to sites where something is said about thiis cooling systems...
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Default RE: New to boats need some help!!!!

Marcho fast electric boat systems use water pickups. As the hull goes over the water, the water is forced threw the system. Water cooling is not necessary on all motors. Smaller 05/540 motors need cooling more than larger 600 and 700 size motors. Water cooling is always a good idea on a speed control.

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Old 06-19-2004, 09:09 AM
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I have this motor Thundertiger Silver 500 7.2V. Does this mean that I have to make water cooling?
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It can never hurt to keep it running cool.

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