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Old 03-11-2007, 02:33 AM
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Default 1969 Boat: What to do with it

I was given a old model built around 1969 a Stinger: Sizzler, its still in kit form, with the needed octura .30 engine mount. Only the first step was done, putting on the fiber glass around the upper deck, everthything else is in orginal packaging and has instructions. There was also a copy of a RC boating newspaper from 1969 in the box.

Its 28" long, 11.5" wide flat bottom. It supposed to have a .30 nitro in it.

So I was wondering is this worth anything?

I was thinking that making it an electric would be easy, cheap and quick compared to nitro.

Can someone give me a link to a drive system that would work? Could a 7.2v 540 power this boat or would I need something more? Would jet drive work?

Old 03-11-2007, 10:27 AM
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

Can you post a picture of the boat?
Old 03-11-2007, 02:40 PM
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

Some vintage boats are worth a lot if you can find the right person. Considering how old is is, the .30's back then didn't have a lot of power. A low-cost .21 today would put out a lot more HP and RPM than that did.
With the included article on the boat plus how nice the boat is, it could bring in a lot of money. I'd leave it in the box for now.
Old 03-11-2007, 05:37 PM
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Heres the pics:

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Old 03-11-2007, 06:32 PM
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wow, thats pretty nice, I'd try selling it or put it back in storage. I couldnt bring myself to build something that old. It's worth so much more the way it is.....I like the metallic flake, that'll make it even worth more.
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Any idea what its worth?
Old 03-11-2007, 08:10 PM
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Super cool.....definitely E-Bay material!

Nice!
Old 03-11-2007, 08:56 PM
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Personally, I would keep it and try to find a vintage motor for it. That is one sharp looking boat, even tho it is outdated. With it being flat bottomed, I would not put too much power in it. I definately would not offload it on e-bay.
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Well I really dont have anywhere to use the boat for most of the year. If anything I would want to spend under 100$ish to get the thing working, and I really don't wana mess with nitro. RC cars are more my thing, and if I got a boat I would wana get something like Quicksilver's jet-villan.

Can anyone gimme an idea of how much I could get for this? I tried searching ebay for vintage RC boats and not much luck in finding comparable auctions.
Old 03-11-2007, 11:03 PM
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

I would restore using time period motors and such, and then put that thing in a display box. I wouldn't let it ever even see the water. But that's me. You can do as you'd like.
Old 03-11-2007, 11:26 PM
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Not that I'm for it, but it is an excellent hull for a jet drive, it actually looks like a a jet boat, but then I probably wouldnt have it in me to cut through the hull []
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Well I am really not sure what its worth, if its only worth 50$ish then I would rather keep it... I though about doing something with the boat 4 years ago when I got into RCs trucks as a hobby, I didnt know till recently they had jet drives, thats what sparked my interest in getting this out again.

Quicksilver, or anyone with jet drive experience, what is needed to make this boat go and be fun?
Old 03-11-2007, 11:52 PM
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

A brushless motor or a 700sc and a 28mm-29mm jet drive preferable KMB, but also there's Graupner. She will move 14cell 700sc, or brushless 10-12cell. Personally I favor the 28-29mm size over the microjet, anything bigger is too much.
Old 03-12-2007, 12:09 AM
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Can you get KMB any place else than their web site, like some where in USA?

I have 2 GP 3300 6 cell car batts, could I make anything viable with that? My neighbor has a traxxas EVX, is there anyway I could use that?

So the 700sc, is that the size of the motor, (like on cars theres a 540 and 550 size?).
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I tend to agree with those guys. The nostalgic value is priceless and unloading it on EBay may be something you'll regret.

However I have seen similar items with such documentation sell far above a few $100. Some people go nuts for such things, especially when it brings back childhood memories and are difficult to find. Modifying it may reduce it's value greatly.

Personally, I would keep it. However, These nostalgic collectors are "crazy" for such things that are unmodified and includes documentation and are sometimes willing to pay outrageous prices for such things. I'm not sure what they would do with it. Probably shelf it, and simply stare at it for hours.

Then again perhaps no one would buy it. but I would be surprised.

Decisions, Decisions? I made a mistake selling something on EBay once that was worth far more than I got for it. [&o]

Good luck! Closet classic for sure!
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It's a shooting match on eBay. You have to have it on when the right people are looking. With the box in pretty good shape and the documentation, that can really up the ante. You'd might be surprised as some items turn into a bidding war.
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

If you go the e-bay route, put a $500 reserve and see what happens
Old 03-12-2007, 08:28 PM
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

ORIGINAL: Flabum

If you go the e-bay route, put a $500 reserve and see what happens
I concur, put some ridiculous reserve on it, and if it sells it sells, if it doesn't then think about what you want to do. With 500 bucks you could build a pretty nice boat, and you dont have to worry about feeling guilty.

Just make sure you present it well I think half of the boats potential value is based on what it looks like in the auction, I see so many boats there and there's like just a pic of the box. Put some nice back drops up, show it in the box, show it with the deck on the hull.....etc etc.
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

put it back in the box. and keep it for your grand children and then when 2150 comes along they will get lots of money for it.
that is what i would do.
Old 03-20-2007, 01:10 AM
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So I talked with my mom, (who's brother owned the boat and has since passed on) and we feel that unless I can get over 150$ for the boat then it would be best to get the thing working.

With a flat bottom boat I think jet drive is the only way to go!

So can anyone give me a link to a ESC/motor/jetdrive that would work for this? I would like to stay cheap for now with the possibility to upgrade to brushless.
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Default RE: 1969 Boat: What to do with it

You might want to ask that question in the Electric section.
Old 03-20-2007, 05:43 PM
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well, my usual response for a boat this size, the graupner 29mm drive or the KMB 28mm drive, with a 700sc motor and jeti esc combo. Talking maybe $170 total. You should know, dont expect this to be blazing fast. You should be able to at least get it as fast as my villain jet, but dont expect much more. Just saw you were saying you wanted it comparable to a nitro. It wont be, but it'll be fun..... I guess that's a decent reserve for it, still dont know if I personally would do it though, not that it wouldn't be a fine running boat, just that whole sentimental side of me.

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