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Old 08-02-2006, 09:01 PM
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hello,
i am looking to build a retrieval boat, i looked in this area of the forums thinking that this would be the best spot but i didn't really see anything. i am thinking on building one out of 1/4 ply wood with fiberglass over it. i'm going to make two pontoons. and have the radio box in the middle secureing the two together. i'm not sure if i should make it summergered drive with two electric motors or should i use one motor and make it like a air boat? thats why i need some oppions.
if any of you have made one and would like to share some ideas and maybe post pictures would be great.
i seen the one in RC boat modeler but i didn't really under stand that one much.
any help is appreciated.
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My opinion is in the form of a question. Why would you possibly want to use an airboat type propulsion system? As for using a single hull, dual hull, floating 55 gallon drum, that's sort of up to you isn't it? As long as it does what it's supposed to do, isn't all that much trouble to use or transport, what difference does it make?
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not much, i thought i'd try to find some oppions. i have seen them done both ways.
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The problems with retrieval boats that are R/C is that they don't do you much good if the boat has flipped or in a weedy area. I use an inflatable boat as I know that it will get me out there faster especially if the boat is going down.
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I like large weather baloons, compressed helium cartridges, 20 feet of tether line, all explosively mounted in the superstructure of the boat. Haven't needed it so far...
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Don't give him any ideas!
I know the lake where he runs at as we've been talking via PM's and it has a sharp drop-off so the water gets deep quickly so keep in mind that swimming after the boat is not an option!
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Ron,
Don't know what his sailing area is like, but, anyone who swims in my usual sailing area needs his head examined! Then all the typical, and not so typical, imunizations! Lots of trees around the pond so the sort of green color might just be reflections. Till you goose your boat just a little bit, stir the water, and leave a brownish trail through it. Used to think I was blowing the grease out of my boat's stuffing box, but found out that wasn't the reason. (I think I'm making myself sick)
They have a sort of 'floating' fountain in the pond. Some one tried to steal it, pulled it almost to shore by the electrical cable going to it. The city tried to get divers to move it back where it belonged. After seeing the water, they all refused - LOL. Don't know how they did get it back, and I'm just not sure I want to know...
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ORIGINAL: Ron Olson

The problems with retrieval boats that are R/C is that they don't do you much good if the boat has flipped or in a weedy area. I use an inflatable boat as I know that it will get me out there faster especially if the boat is going down.
I'm with Ron on this one. I've got an inflatable boat I use at the local pond I practice at. Be careful not to puncture it and wear a life jacket/vest. At the club pond, we've got an aluminum jon boat with an outboard motor.

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