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Old 10-19-2003, 04:16 PM
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My friend and I both bought CEN Wave Shark's with the Nitro 18 engines. They go really well, until you put full rudder on whilst flat out. For a limited amount of times your fine, and it does a cool spin. Then the inevitable happens and it falls on its side.

By the time we had run over to the shed right behind us for the rescue boat, and turned around, it had gone..sunk!

I've still got mine and am looking at ways of keeping it afloat, maybe I'll try expanding foam in the canopy, I'm not sure yet.

I would really appreciate it if someone could share an idea of how to find the then 18 hrs old boat from 8ft of green/brown water. Its been there a week now and I'm lost for ideas.

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Old 10-19-2003, 06:20 PM
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Expanding foam is not a good idea. It more than likely expand too much and blow the hull apart. Use pool noodles, foam pipe insulation or other chunks of foam. Double-sided foam tape will hold it in place.
Take your retrieve boat down to the pond before you run so that you will be ready when the boat stalls. I don't go without one.
Lotza luck finding the boat but don't do anything stupid trying to get it back! It isn't worth it.
Old 10-20-2003, 03:12 AM
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Thanks for your reply, I shall try this instead.

A picture of my Wave Shark.

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Old 10-20-2003, 02:27 PM
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Nice paint job! What did you use on it?
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Plasti-kote Metal flake Bergundy. Then 2 coats of car, petrol resistant lacker.
I've still got to paint the man that rides it.
Old 11-02-2003, 08:19 AM
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i dont own boats so im only guessing, try getting a long pole and prodding the sea bed till you hit hard things, then go for dives, only a suggestion. its what they do in the movies to find dead bodies.
Old 11-03-2003, 01:57 PM
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If you're like me, grab a pair of fins and goggles and start swimming.
Old 11-04-2003, 06:34 AM
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Still No luck, Here's mine though.
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Old 11-05-2003, 12:13 AM
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I have an electric Wave Shark. The best thing to keep it afloat is air. So, use plastic air bags like the kind used in shipping packages. Or plastic water bottles. I use a combo of bottles and pipe insulation slit in half in one of my mono boats. In the Wave Shark I am now using plastic bottles. I also use hatch tape before I run the boat and try to seal the edge as much as possble. After also having one boat slowly sink while I helplessly watched I am now a firm beleiver in a flotation policy!

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The problem I've got is the engine (IC) is in the hull along with the tunned pipe. This needs all the air it can get.

Do you know of any mini buoys that I can run around the outside?
Old 11-05-2003, 12:44 PM
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Hmm.........well I thought all nitro powered boats had water cooled heads and tuned pipe couplers. I would look into that as a solution for the cooling. And for flotation you can always re-mold some bottles with low heat or try ping pong balls or something. Just trying to suggest ideas!
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I wonder if i can deform ping pong balls with a heat gun. Problem is, how would i tie them on withput putting a hole in them?
Old 11-05-2003, 03:49 PM
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white polystyrene and pipe lagging there must be some where to cram some in some where
i use kids armbands cut into single bags but then my boats are four foot long so i got space
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i have no boating experience , but just got a great idea when u said bouys , you can go to walmart or a fishing store and buy about ten of those floating keychains ,u know those foam ones that people with real boats put there keys on, they are the perfect shape and everything and would even make it look cool on the side of the jetski , and guess what i have one that matchs your jetski so u should be able to find it in any color!!!!

i know it will work , but dont know how many you will need cause i dont know how big the jet ski is!!!!
good news is there not exspensive!!!!!!

hope it helps!!!!!

GOODLUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thats a really good idea, I like it.
I shall try and find some this weekend.

Thanks

Neil
Old 12-11-2003, 11:59 AM
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swim with gogles is all i got
im lucky my tunnel is a sealed hull so its literally unsinkable ,unless you hit somthingbut it deosnt go fast enough to hurt itself
i would bring a tube of silicone and seal all gaps but youll need to duckt and seal the air intake the moter will get some water in it when it flips but should float a while
Old 12-17-2003, 05:37 PM
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I have real jet-ski's i dont know if its the same, but i have blocks of styrofoam in hollow places to help it keep a float if i ever sink it.
Old 12-17-2003, 07:44 PM
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An idea for a buoy is to attach one to the boat/ski with several yards of very heavy fishing line (monofilament works well). If it does happen to sink, the buoy floats free and is still attached to the boat/ski. Won't stop it from sinking, but it'll 'mark the spot' for you. If you use heavy enough line, just pull it up...
About floatation. If you use expanding foam, put it in a plastic bag in the hull, not just straight into the hull. That way it will 'form fit' and still be removable. It's always smart to give the foam a test 'shot' before using it, see how much is needed, since no two batches are ever exactly the same. Don't seal the plastic bag before the foam quits expanding.
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PS - If the 'guy' riding the ski is hollow, fill him up with foam and tie the line to his ankle, then feed the line into the hull.
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Have you tried getting yourself some magnets and tieing them to a rod of some sort to give you a bit of area coverage with one drag and then simply get in your rescue boat and drag away ... ( assuming of course that your jet ski has some kind of metal that a magnet would be attracted to .
I know of a few guys that did this to retrieve losts props/prop shafts when the flex either broke , or somehow became disconnected .
Old 12-28-2003, 12:19 PM
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Nice idea, but the outside is 99% plastic.
Old 01-03-2004, 09:37 PM
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Hey, When you's say a "rescue boat" what do you's mean, I know it is a boat that is used for rescues but how is it set up for its purpose. I have tryed everything to mount some sort of hook or something to my rescue boat but nothing seems to work. Could you please give me some ideas and some pictures would be great if you's have any. Thanks
Old 01-04-2004, 03:42 PM
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come to think of it ive got the ssame question iver always swam for mine .(cant do that till anymore,too $#%^ cold)the only thing i could see is too pu**** towards shore unless your in a canoe or somything.
Old 01-04-2004, 04:05 PM
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By rescue boat, I mean a boat with oars or an outboard.
Old 01-04-2004, 04:09 PM
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okay ive just heared of people using other rc boats for it
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Noodles for flotation, you can cut it up in different shapes, does not hold water. Buy at Walmar, K mart, Target, but it is a summer item, doubt if you'll find any in the winter time. Trouble with expanding foam a person does not know when to stop putting the foam in, too much foam, as the foam will keep expanding after you stop putting it in, you'll crack the hull. There is some nonexpanding foam, but I think you're asking for trouble. Noodles have ben used for a heck of a long time.

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