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Old 11-18-2008, 06:12 AM
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Hello every one, I am interested in buying a hydro and this one
is available through my local hobby shop. Any info on this particular
boat would be appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:25 AM
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if thats what your going to purchase from the model shop check ebay as you may save yourself a few $$$ is it rtr ? also what engine does it have ? Will you be looking at making it go as fast as you can or just for fun ?
Old 11-18-2008, 07:19 AM
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This hydro is $720 Australian, looking to buy as first boat.
It is rtr , I am pretty sure it is a Zenoah G260. Just wondering
if it would handle if i modded the engine.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:30 AM
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that boat is only a cheap Chinese one and to tell you the truth they are not worth it, i know a guy with one and the hull is very weak, his hull caved in pretty bad twice just barely touching a bouy whereas all the other boats going twice as fast bearly get a scratch on them

it would be a zenoah clone engine most likely which isn't the best but better than the other type of slow china engine they come with, for starters that header pipe being used is way too long, you would probably be disappointed with the speed that it does and the very bad handling too

if you were planning on putting a mod engine in it forget about it, the boat is not a good design to start with, the extra power from a mod engine will be too much and the bot will keep being flighty and flipping because you cant mount the engine far enough forward to get the proper balance

your best bet for a rtr boat would be to try and get an aquacraft rio51, there is most likely a hobby shop around you that sells them, they are around $1000
Old 11-18-2008, 10:13 AM
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I've seen videos of this boat running and it was easy to see in them how poor handling they are. They ride on the very back and are tail-heavy. Any attempts to get it up to speed seems to result in a blow-over.
Old 11-18-2008, 10:57 AM
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Looks like you could totally redo the ballance by moving the motor a few inches forward to overcome the bad ballance issue but as said your better off with a rio or similar vee for a first boat.Myself id buy a decent hull and all the running gear and a genuine zenoah and build one even the rio has issues with its fuji motor and the crap pipe etc.
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ORIGINAL: Johnno 1

This hydro is $720 Australian, looking to buy as first boat.
It is rtr , I am pretty sure it is a Zenoah G260. Just wondering
if it would handle if i modded the engine.
Hi Johnno, There selling these boats up our way too, Ive seen them close up m8, And they are Chinese Junk m8 it looks like it would fall apart as soon as it touched water. Maybe keep looking m8. And remember m8 to get a good RTR boat in OZ you looking to spend around $1500 to $2000.

Henry..
Old 11-18-2008, 06:22 PM
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Hi Johnno

This is your local Club

http://www.modelboatclubofnsw.com/

I would go and have a Look at what is running. Talk to them

Don't rush in. you will probable be better of to buy s/hand. you will lean that set up and prop is more important than Motor
Old 11-19-2008, 01:25 AM
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Thanks to every one for the advice, I am glad that i asked.
I would have much rather seen the boat first before ordering it.
But then again i wouldn't have known about the engines performance.
I am hoping to buy a rtr boat, new or second hand to get a fair idea
how everything works then hopefully build one up myself.
I think i now know why this this one is for sale. (pic)
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:40 AM
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Oi Johnno.

I am only a newbie to the rc boats m8, I brought the Rio51 it was my first boat m8, I knew it had some issues with it but I got into the forums and read what was wrong and the ways to fix them, Was a good way to start and learn about rc boats, Then I brought a Zen motor and installed it myself after getting a lots of good advice from the members here, And my Rio is great, runs real good, mmmm still trying to break the 70kph mark but it will come with more experience.

Also met a few members here in person. way to go hey..

Now Ive started to build a 48in Cat, Um Had it painted but stuffed up so in the repaint now.. Soon tomorrow hope to have the engine and other bits so I can get this project started.

What Im trying to say m8 is take your time, RC boats is good fun, And believe me. there is lots to learn..

Good Luck Johnno...
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ORIGINAL: Johnno 1

Thanks to every one for the advice, I am glad that i asked.
I would have much rather seen the boat first before ordering it.
But then again i wouldn't have known about the engines performance.
I am hoping to buy a rtr boat, new or second hand to get a fair idea
how everything works then hopefully build one up myself.
I think i now know why this this one is for sale. (pic)
lol I didn't know you Aussies used Trademe :P
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Read the ad carefully. Note at the top that it states TWICE that it has a Futaba radio system but at the bottom it says that the Futaba radio system is NOT included. Alright, which one is it???
I get a kick out of the "up to" speeds and inflated retail prices.
Old 11-20-2008, 03:38 AM
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Just found a couple more ads, i presume these boats are similar
to the other pics i posted. Impressive pictures for the price and
the size of the boat, i originally thought anyway. I will keep looking
for something else.
Cheers everyone.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:51 AM
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like bucky said your best option is to get a used boat from your local club

another option may be to look into arrowshark boats, they are made in china or something like that but their quality is ok, they use zenoah copy motors which obviously aren't as good as a genuine engine but they still go fine

http://stores.ebay.com.au/Top-Racing...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

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