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Old 04-21-2010, 12:28 PM
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So I used to go R/C boating with my Uncle when I was a kid. I have recently recieved his old PT boat he started helping my brother and I build. It has sat for over 25 years. I got it sealed well and is not taking in any water. Here is what I need help with. I want to get it running. Electric. Nothing to fast, just fun. I have run cars in the past and have intermediate experince with that. Unfortunately, I sold everything 5 years ago when I moved. I would like a remote that would be able to work with the boat, and a future car/truck. Otherwise looking for as inexpesive as possible. Could anyone give me some ideas as to the best route to getting all the electronics. Motor(size) speed control, servors. Any ideas for waterproofing. The boat is about 33 inches. Hope this is enough info for all of you to help me out.

Thanks in advance...
Old 04-23-2010, 05:35 AM
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Default RE: Help with setting up old PT Boat

Is it just the one prop or more?  This influences everything else.
Here in the UK the new 2.4GHz radio outfits are available at what seem silly low prices.
Ordinary standard size servos will be very adequate for steering, choice of ESC(s) depends on choice of motor(s).
Waterproofing?  Best way is to keep the water out of the hull.  Is your intended sailing water normally rough or calm?  This is in model size terms, not full size.  There are full size dinghy sailors out there who think that because 5" waves have no effect on their boat, the same applies to models.
Old 04-23-2010, 06:38 AM
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Default RE: Help with setting up old PT Boat

It is a single prop, and pretty calm water. I am planning on running it in the lagoon in my neighborhood.

Thanks for your reply!
Old 04-23-2010, 07:36 AM
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:42 PM
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Default RE: Help with setting up old PT Boat

Sent you a PM on some electronics you might be interested in.

todd hollander
Old 04-23-2010, 04:32 PM
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It begins to sound like a 545 run on about its rated voltage, powered by a NiMH battery, and driving a 3 blade prop of slightly less diameter than the motor can.  Many have spoken well of the Proboat 50 amp ESC as being a good unit at a good price.  Being in the UK, I would probably go for an Mtroniks,  Action or similar, but go for a marine ESC for simplicity of operation.  You do want reverse (avoid aircraft ESCs) you dont need brakes (reverse IS you brakes, so avoid car typres).
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Default RE: Help with setting up old PT Boat

looks like a dumas pt 109

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