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Traxxas 5707 Spartan VXL with Castle System and 2.4GHz Radio

It’s the kind of boat you would expect from Traxxas: Extreme Velineon® brushless power, ballistic speed, and a huge waterfall of roost that rains down long after the boat speeds by. The howling fury of 50+ mph across the water on optional 6S LiPo power will make even the most insatiable, power-hungry enthusiasts jump up and take notice. Simply put, Spartan is your boat! Everything about it means business: the super-rigid, 36-inch deep-V hull; smooth, cable-drive efficiency; innovative water cooling system; and precision aluminum and stainless steel drive controls.                                               The clean, modern hull design is built up in layers for maximum rigidity where it matters most, the transom and ride pad. The integrated battery trays securely hold a variety of battery configurations—from the included 7-cell Power Cell NiMH packs to 3S LiPos. Ride trim is easily adjusted by positioning the packs fore and aft using the convenient hook and loop straps that secure the batteries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                The optimized rudder configuration carves amazing full-throttle turns. A high-output 2.4GHz radio system, along with water-cooled and waterproof electronics, keep Spartan going for the trouble-free, all-day running you count on from Traxxas. No detail was overlooked on our mission to engineer a boat that offers the power, speed, convenience, and fun that Traxxas’ award-winning cars and trucks are known for. Prepare yourself for the ultimate R/C boating power trip, only from Traxxas.                   

100% Ready-To-Race®

Spartan is fully assembled with a TQi™ 2.4GHz radio system, Velineon brushless power system, applied graphics, and detailed instructions. Two Traxxas Power Cell 7-cell NiMH batteries are also included. Designed specifically for the high-power needs of the Velineon brushless system, the potent Power Cell packs feature heavy-duty construction, 12-gauge wires and patented Traxxas’ High-Current Connectors for efficient power transfer, run after run. Traxxas backs the Spartan and all of our products with industry-leading support that is second to none. A staff of skilled representatives is on-hand to answer your questions via phone, website, or e-mail. Unmatched parts support allows Spartan to be serviced with parts and support from thousands of hobby dealers worldwide. Your investment is also protected by the Traxxas Lifetime Electronics Warranty. Traxxas goes the extra mile to ensure that your R/C experience is easy and fun—and fast!

The World’s Most Advanced Ready-To-Race® Radio System

Spartan is equipped with the world’s most advanced Ready-To-Race® radio system. The Traxxas® TQi™ arrives with a full complement of tuning features and offers the unbeatable convenience of “no channels, no crystals” 2.4GHz technology—but that’s just the beginning. Automatic model recognition instantly recalls your settings for up to 30 Traxxas Link-enabled models. Just switch on and drive, no naming or “model memory” settings required. Power up the transmitter and the model you want to drive, and the settings for that model are dialed in immediately! The new TQi 2.4GHz transmitter is fully adjustable: steering and throttle end points can be set precisely, and the Multi-Function knob can be programmed to control Steering Sensitivity (Expo), Throttle Sensitivity (Expo), Steering Percentage (Dual Rate), Braking Percentage (Dual Rate), or Throttle Trim. TQi’s ergonomic case design provides all-day driving comfort, and the unique internal antenna contributes to its sleek, modern look.

TQi Docking Base Compatible

The TQi’s most important feature may already be in your pocket. The TQi can be equipped with an optional Docking Base (#6510) that turns your iPhone® or iPod touch® (sold separately) into a powerful tuning tool for your Traxxas model. The full-color display combines with the free Traxxas Link™ App (on the App Store) to deliver an intuitive, high-definition, full-color graphical user interface that unlocks the mysteries of optimizing your radio system for ultimate vehicle control. Traxxas Link also opens the door to telemetry capability when you add optional sensors to your model. Click on one of the following links to learn more about the ground-breaking

QUICK FEATURES ON SPARTAN (#5707)

  • 30+mph out of the box, 50+mph on 6S LiPo!

  • 36″ deep-V hull for stable high-speed performance

  • Water-cooled, waterproof VXL-6s Marine speed control

  • 6S LiPo compatible with built-in Low-Voltage Detection

  • Traxxas High-Current Connectors (patented)

  • Velineon 540XL high-output brushless motor with highflow water-cooling jacket

  • Quick-release Power Module integrates power system, waterproof electronics, and stuffing tube

  • Adjustable battery trays with hook-and-loop straps

  • Blue-anodized aluminum rudder support, rudder, and drive strut

  • Stainless steel turn fins, trim tabs, and hardware

  • TQi 2.4GHz radio system

  • Includes two 7-cell Power Cell battery packs

  • Waterproof high-torque steering servo

  • Sleek design with factory-applied graphics

  • Ready-To-Race®

  • Traxxas factory support

  MODEL 5707: Fully assembled, Ready-To-Race®, TQi™ 2.4GHz radio system,
Velineon® 540XL Brushless Motor, VXL-6s Marine ESC and factory-applied graphics.                                                                                                                                      

  

EP JETSTREAM 888 VE readyset

EP JETSTREAM 888 VE readyset                                                                                         

Experience the full force of 60km/h speed as soon as you open the box!
Serious offshore racer features auto-recovery from capsize function!                                                     Hit maximum speed of approximately 60km/h with 14.8V 4-cell Li-Po battery (sold separately). The high-performance EP Jet Stream 888VE Readyset features incremental changes and includes Kyosho’s high specification transmitter, receiver and rudder servo combination. In the event of capsize; weight balance is changed by water entering the ballast room to right the hull to its normal posture and automatically drain out allowing the boat to continue running. This unsinkable design removes the risk and worry of losing your boat if it flips over. The high-precision CNC aluminum intake rudder with bracket and the high-durability metal adjustable flaps with excellent wave resistance are retained while the R/C system is upgraded to the KS4031-06W waterproof servo that removes any concerns from flooding and delivers superior response with the Syncro KT-231P transmitter with 130m range for wider control and reliability. The high torque outrunner type brushless motor combines with the waterproof ORION 80A ESC to provide a racing boat experience like no other.                                                      

  • Pre-colored FRP factory assembled hull reaches speeds of 60km/h.
  • Newly designed high-power 80A Team Orion water-cooled ESC features cell auto-detect.
  • Pre-installed brushless outrunner water-cooled motor generates excellent torque characteristics.
  • Unsinkable self-righting structure.
  • Flip-up rudder design prevents damage if boat contacts an obstacle.
  • Equipped with combination turn fin and trim tab with adjustable angle.
  • Features stopper to prevent loss of shaft.
  • Includes drip proof rubber boots, aluminum servo mount, carbon nylon 3-blade propeller.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Features ballast compartments built into the sides of the hull that redistribute weight balance so the hull rights itself if capsized.                                                                                                                           Tilt angle of the machine cut CNC aluminum variable bracket can be adjusted. Bearing shaft support delivers high efficiency power transfer.                                                                                                         Brushless outrunner motor and waterproof 80A ESC are pre-installed. Optional ORION set box can to be used to adjust each setting.                                                                                                                             Features wire drive that produces optimal propeller angle. Machine cut CNC aluminum rudder features flip-up design to help avoid damage if contact is made.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Stylish 2.4GHz R/C system featuring dual rate function is pre-installed. Also features 4-channel receiver, providing scope for future development.

    < Readyset Contents >

    • Pre-colored fully assembled hull
    • Syncro KT-200 transmitter
    • Water-cooled brushless motor
    • Water-cooled 80A ESC
    • Wire joint drive unit
    • Duralumin water intake rudder unit
    • Boat stand
    • Spare propeller
    • Pre-installed 2.4GHz Synchro KT-231P R/C system

    < Required for Operation >

    • 3-4 cell 11.1V-14.8V-3,600-4,000mAh Li-Po battery (Super Plug specification/compatible size: L138xW42xH33)
    • Charger for Li-Po battery
    • Batteries for transmitter
    Technical Data
    Length 900mm
    Width 187mm
    Height 140mm
    Weight 1,780g (approx. installed 14.8V-1400mAh)
    Motor Brushless outruuner water-cooled Aqua Speed Pro BLS3744
    Battery 3-4 cell 11.1V-14.8V-3,600-4,000mAh Li-Po (Super Plug specification, sold separately)
    Screw Carbon-reinforced nylon D40 x P1.4 (3-blade)
    Amp Team Orion water-cooled 80A waterproof ESC
    Servo KS-4031-06W

      

VANTEX Explorer 1300GP260 FS-GT2 2.4G Transmitter High Speed 50km/h 26CC Gas Powered RC Racing Boat

If you love RC boat, you will never miss the VANTEX Explorer 1300GP260 RC boat. This boat is a wireless RC boat that is fast, fun and easy to use. Gas power provided a higher speed. It is a great racing boat at a great price. Get ready to enjoy it!                                                Features:
Deep-V hull design offers high speed and sharp turning
New copper plating flex shaft and shaft sleeve make transmission more smoothly
Enhanced engine heat sink
Enhanced carburetor offers sharp control for throttle
New waterproof radio box with perfect water seal and easy access
Optimized propeller offers significant higher speed
Clutch let the boat idle safely
High-quality aluminum alloy rudder by CNC machine offers sharp handling and durability
High-quality, prepainted fiberglass composite hull and canopy
Stainless steel screws and nuts
Custom boat stand included
Optional backup power system                                                                                                                             Specifications:
Brand name: VANTEX
Item name: Explorer 1300GP260 RC Boat
Radio: FS-GT2 2CH 2.4G pistol transmitter
Hull material: Fiberglass Composite(FRP)
Propeller size: D70 * P1.5
Power: 26cc Gas Engine
Remote distance: about 100-150m
Max speed: about 50km/h
Battery of receiver: 4 * 1.5V AA batteries (not included)
Battery of remote controller: 8 * 1.5V AA batteries (not included)
Item dimension: 1300 * 380 * 270mm (deviation due to manual measurement)
Item weight: 7126g

Package information:
Package size: 139 * 49 * 34.5cm / 54.8 * 19.3 * 13.6in
Package weight: 12280g / 27.1lb
General box package

Notice:
This RC model is not a toy and is not suitable for children under 14 years old.
Carefully read the instruction before any use, if you are a beginner, it’s advisable to be assisted by an experienced adult.

Package list:
1 * VANTEX Explorer 1300GP260 RC Boat
1 * FS-GT2 2.4G 2CH Transmitter
1 * Oil Tank
1 * Boat Rack Unit
1 * Tool set
1 * English Manual Set                                                                                                                                            800+ gadgets under $2 at LighTake.com!

Goolsky Vantex Challenger 1300BP (Flame) FS-GT2 2.4G Transmitter High Speed 60 km/h Electric RC Racing Boat

Features: New waterproof radio box with perfect water seal and easy access optimized propeller offers significant higher speed high-quality aluminum alloy rudder by cnc machine offers sharp handling and durability high-quality, pre-painted fiberglass composite hull and canopy stainless steel screws and nuts custom boat stand included specifications: Brand name: Vantex item name: Challenger rc boat radio: Fs-gt2 2ch 2.4g pistol transmitter hull material.                                                                                                                      Fiberglass composite(frp) propeller size: D70 * p1.5 motor: Ob5065-04 out runner brushless 650kv motor speed controller: Sc090b speed controller constant current: 90a burst current(10s): 180a bec mode: Switch bec output: 6v/3a water cooling pipe: Ø5mm remote distance: About 100-150m max speed: About 60km/h battery power: Suggest 22.2v 4500mah 25c lipo (not included) battery of remote controller: 8 * 1.5v AA batteries (not included) item dimension: 1270 * 350 * 250mm (deviation due to manual measurement) item weight: 4340g.                                                                                                                 Package information: Package size: 137 * 47 * 35cm/54.0 * 18.5 * 13.8in package weight: 9582g/21.1lb general box package notice: This rc model is not a toy and is not suitable for children under 14 years old. Carefully read the instruction before any use, if you are a beginner, it’s advisable to be assisted by an experienced adult. Package list: 1 * vantex challenger rc boat 1 * fs-gt2 2.4g 2ch transmitter 1 * boat rack unit 1 * tool set 1 * English manual set.                                                                                                                                                               If you love RC boat, you will never miss the VANTEX Challenger RC boat. This boat is a wireless RC boat that is fast, fun and easy to use. It uses advanced technology that can realize longer distance control. It is a great racing boat at a great price. Get ready to enjoy the fast and the furious.                                                                                                                                              http://

Pro Boat Blackjack Catamaran Brushless: RTR

From its deceiving size to its distinctive trim, the Blackjack™ 24 catamaran is sure to leave the competition stupefied. With its powerful 2000Kv brushless motor, 30A ESC and precision servo, this catamaran leaves more expensive boats in your wake.                                 Want to experience all catamaran boating can offer at full-throttle? Then look no further than the Blackjack™ 24. From its deceiving size down to its distinctive trim scheme, the Blackjack 24 comes ready to be your ace in the hole and to deliver the RC boating action you crave. Equipped with a formidable 2000Kv water-cooled motor and action ready Li-Po compatible 30-amp ESC, this 24-inch catamaran is sure to turn heads with the kind of power and speed that no one will see coming. So go all in, raise the stakes and claim your bounty with the Blackjack 24 catamaran.                                                                                                    

FEATURES

  • Capable of reaching speeds of 30 MPH with optional accessories
  • Equipped with a brushless 2000Kv water-cooled motor and 30A Li-Po compatible ESC
  • Includes 2.4GHz Pro Boat radio system
  • Off-set rudder system provides superb stability and keeps the Blackjack-24 glued to the water
  • Hull mounted waterproof steering servo
  • One piece internal electronics tray
  • Convenient drain plug
  • Waterproof electronics

SPECIFICATIONS

Length:
24 in (609.6mm)
Motor Size:
2000kV
Radio:
2.4GHz Transmitter, 2-Channel
Speed Control:
30A
Hull Material:
ABS
Trim Scheme Colors:
Red with black
Prop Size:
1.34 x 2.06 in (34 x 52mm)
Hull Type:
Catamaran
Battery:
(1) 7.4v 30C+ LiPo or (1) 11.1v 30C+ LiPo
Kit/RTR:
RTR
Scale:
24-inch
Drive System:
Flexshaft
Experience Level:
Intermediate
Recommended Environment:
Outdoor
Assembly Time:
Less than 1 Hour
Is Assembly Required:
No

Pro Boat Recoil Self-Righting Deep V Brushless: RTR Toy Boat, 17″

The Recoil® 17 Deep-V makes pushing the limits of brushless boating easier than ever before with a revolutionary hull that will never leave you “up a creek without a paddle”. Thanks to an intuitive self-righting Deep-V system, you can push a 2950Kv brushless motor and LiPo ready 30A ESC to the edge without hesitancy. In the event you put the Recoil upside down; a self-right hull makes flipping the Deep-V over as easy as hammering the throttle down. With its outstanding package and self-righting hull, Deep-V fun has never been as easy as it is with the Pro Boat Recoil.                                                            boat16

FEATURES

40″ Widebody Catamaran

Extreme Power and Speed-                                                                                                                                  The DCB M41 Widebody catamaran, designed by DCB (Dave’s Custom Boats) founder Dave Hemmingson, is the largest model offered in the DCB M-Series. With its precision sculpted design and a pair of Mercury Racing 1350 engines, it speeds across the water at 175mph! Traxxas has faithfully captured the incredible looks and performance of the DCB M41 in a detailed scale replica that is versatile, fun, and fast. The catamaran hull has been accurately reproduced to deliver the speed, stability and confidence that the full-size M41 is famous for, allowing you to have fun wherever your marine adventures take you. The M41 replica is equally at home blasting across the waves at the lake on a fun run or exploiting its 50+mph speed on a favorite stretch of smooth water. The razor sharp handling lets you carve turns with authority and precision and yet, offers easy control while cruising by the shore.                                                                                                                                  boat1

40″ Widebody Catamaran Hull

Based on the full-size M41 Widebody designed and built by Dave’s Custom Boats, the Traxxas M41 gets its unique, aggressive appearance thanks to its use of a catamaran hull design. Instead of using a monohull with a V-shape design, the catamaran uses two parallel hulls of equal size. This hull design offers more than a different visual presentation; the catamaran offers a wider stance on the water for increased stability and less hydrodynamic resistance. This also lets the M41 use less energy to propel itself across the water making it incredibly fast. The M41 gets on plane almost immediately, letting you get to the fun faster—to the tune of 50+ mph on 6S LiPo power.                                                                            boat3  Big Boat, Big Fun
The M41 is a water-roosting speed demon that’s also a work of art. At just over 40 inches (1 meter) long, the M41 has a commanding presence just floating in the water. Crack open the throttle and the fun begins! The M41’s size and design give it the versatility to work well in a wide range of conditions. The M41 is stable and easy to control whether blasting across the waves in a big lake, cruising past the shoreline, or testing it’s 50mph top speed on a smooth pond.                                                                                 boat4 Rigid Internal Structure
A unique feature of the M41 is its rigid internal structure with removeable electronics tray and motor mount. The VXL-6s electronic speed control, waterproof receiver box, and powerful 2056 high-torque steering servo are all bolted securely to the tray. The motor is attached independently to a motor mount that increases the rigidity of the hull. In just a few quick minutes, the electronics can be removed for maintenance. The internal structure includes an integrated reinforced transom to provide a solid mounting surface for the control and drive systems. In all the M41 delivers the ruggedness and reliability needed for all-day fun, run after run.                                                                                                                              boat5 DCB M41 Detailed Cockpit
Traxxas faithfully reproduced the M41’s artfully sculpted cockpit with an acute attention to detail, from the gauges and speakers to the steering wheel and seats. The detailed cockpit flows with the rest of the boat to become a complete work of high-performance art.                                                                                       boat6 Flex Cable Drive System
The M41 features an efficient and reliable flex cable drive system that is securely mounted to the internal structure. This unique installation provides easy access to the various driveline components for quick maintenance or upgrades.                                                                                                                                                boat7 Quick Release Flex Cable
Some boats rely on set screws to pinch the flex shaft in place. Set screws are prone to loosening and can damage the flex shaft—that’s not the Traxxas way. The M41 features a clamping collet that holds the flex cable tightly and centers it perfectly with the motor’s output shaft for the smoothest operation possible. This design eliminates the usual set screws that can strip, come apart, or damage the flex cable. When it’s time for maintenance, the collet releases quickly with a twist of the included precision wrench. Once loosened, the prop and flex cable simply slide out. Reinstallation is just as fast, making it easy to keep your M41 in peak running condition.                                                                                                                              boat8 High-Performance Prop
The M41 is equipped with a surface-piercing prop that has been optimized to get the hull on plane as quickly as possible without cavitation. The prop is made of a molded composite construction that is lightweight and tough, with no balancing or sharpening needed.                                                                           boat9 High-Strength Aluminum Hardware
For efficient power transfer and razor-sharp handling, the M41 is equipped with rigid drive hardware and a flex-free transom. These components allow you to experience every ounce of extreme brushless horsepower and performance. The rudder, rudder support, and drive strut are extruded and machined from rugged 6000-series aluminum alloy for maximum strength. The pieces are polished and anodized a vivid blue. The rudder also incorporates a pickup that feeds water through the cooling system.                     boat10 Stainless-Steel Trim Tabs
The M41’s dual trim tabs further tune its high-speed performance. The trim tabs are precision die-cut and made of bent form stainless steel to resist corrosion. They help keep the M41 stable during high speed runs.                                                                                                                                                                           boat11

Waterproof Electronics

Waterproof electronics are a must in the marine environment. Traxxas electronics are fully waterproof (not just water resistant). The speed control, servo, and receiver all feature rugged waterproofing protection for dependable operation you can count on. It’s an innovation you’ll find only in Traxxas vehicles.                                                                                                                         boat12 High-Torque Waterproof Servo
M41 demands a powerful steering servo for responsive performance, and Traxxas delivers with the 2056 high-torque servo. O-ring seals make the servo completely waterproof, and there’s steering muscle to spare with 80 oz-in of torque at your command. That’s twice the power of typical “standard” servos.                                                        boat13 Sealed Watertight Receiver Box
Traxxas’ innovative, ground-breaking waterproof receiver box routes the antenna and servo wires neatly through a special watertight seal (patent pending). To protect the receiver, a custom shaped blue O-ring seals the receiver box. Thanks to the unique design, the receiver can be removed for service and even aftermarket receivers can be used, without losing the sealing properties of the box.                                                                                      boat14

Velineon® 540XL Brushless Motor

Voracity Type E 36-inch Deep-V Brushless: RTR

Satisfy your craving for speed and precision with the Voracity™-E 36 Brushless Deep-V. Sitting beneath the sleek trim scheme and canopy of the Voracity™-E Brushless Deep-V you’ll find a water-cooled 120A ESC and a fierce 6-pole 1650Kv 40x82mm brushless motor. This unbeatable combination sits atop a hand-laid Deep-V fiberglass hull that has been optimized for peak performance, even in rough conditions. Push the speed envelope and give the competition a run for their money on the open water today.              boat32

FEATURES

Rescue 17 Fireboat

Elevating Action on the Water

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There are those products that come to market that get you all riled up as if you were a kid again and what you see on these pages is sure to get you going. As a kid, who didn’t want a sailboat that set off for unexplored lands while you played on the beach? And who didn’t want a plastic boat that braved the rapids of that stream behind your house? Well for big kids into boats, there is a new release that will blow away the wildest inner child’s imagination. The new Aquacraft Rescue 17 Fireboat is the first model boat I’ve ever reviewed with an “interactive” feature, a rotating water cannon capable of shooting a stream of water 10 to 12 feet. It also has lights and a powerful brushless system to propel it to other boats in peril. This boat is sure to get that inner kid in you excited to brave the water as a scaled-down fireboat captain.   Let’s Get the Rescue 17 out of the Box
The Rescue 17 arrived in a big shipping box. With an overall length of 38 inches, a large shipping box is required to protect the model. I was impressed by the packaging technique utilized to secure and protect the hull and cabin structure. There’s a considerable amount of packaging engineering required to create the foam padding encasing the hull to prevent damage during shipping. Although I had seen photos of the Rescue 17 on the inside cover of RC BOAT, Volume 4 and the AquaCraft website, I was still very impressed with the attention to scale detail on the hull and cabin structure. The Rescue 17’s amazing amount of detail adds to the realism. The old axiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” will provide a visual listing of the scale detailing.                                                                                                                              fire2

Getting Ready to Put out the Fire
There only a couple of things that need to be done to the Rescue 17 to prepare for operation. The light mast is secured to the top of the cabin with the .15 x 16 screw provided. A dab of CA glue applied to the bottom peg of the antenna will hold it to the light mast. Two “AA” batteries, not provided, are installed in the battery holder inside the cabin to power the light mast. The plug between the battery pack and on/off switch needs connecting. The Tactic TTX 490 4-channel radio requires four “AA” batteries that are also not provided.

Propulsion for the Rescue 17 is provided by an AquaCraft 600 brushed motor powered by a 2200 – 3300 mAh 3S LiPo battery pack. There’s plenty of space in the boat to use a 3S pack with a even a higher mAh rating. The AquaCraft Multi-Controller ESC provides both forward and reverse. Reverse speed is probably around 25 percent of top speed in forward.

It is highly recommended that the pump be primed prior to using the water cannon. There is a direction sheet describing how to prime the pump. This procedure involves removing the water line from the intake tube to the pump, submerging the line in water, and then reattaching the water line. I primed the pump using a fuel bulb filled with water and connected to the intake tube. Squeeze the bulb till water shoots out of the water cannon and the pump is primed. A two-ounce Sullivan Brand fuel bulb is a common hobby shop item. It would also be possible to adapt a cooking baster bulb to shoot water into the pump.                                                                                                                                                                              fire3 Putting out the Fire and/or Candles
Before heading out to run the Rescue 17, I dropped by the local Walgreens to pick up some candles. I have run nitro, gas, electric and sail boat model models over the past 50 years, but the Rescue 17 is the first time I’ve ever operated a model boat capable of extinguishing a fire. Granted, four candles on a piece of foam don’t provide a blazing fire. The candles did, however, provide sufficient flame to test my mini firefighting skills. I quickly discovered attempting to hit the candles with the water cannon wasn’t all that easy. Hitting the candles with the stream of water involved positioning the Rescue 17 the correct distance from the candles, using rudder and speed control and rotating the water cannon to spray across the candles. Racing a 60 mph hydroplane involves less coordination of transmitter inputs than attempting to keep the stream of water from the water cannon on the candles. The slightest amount of breeze greatly influences the positioning of the boat and the direction of the stream of water.                                                  At full throttle, the Rescue 17 moves across the water on plane with a great-looking bow wake. It is capable of making tight corners in either direction. However, sweeping corners would be more in keeping with scale operation of a fire boat. Run time with a 2200 mAh 3S LiPo pack was 12 – 15 minutes, running at full speed. Longer run times would be available if the Rescue 17 was stationary or operated slowly while attempting to extinguish candles.                                                                                                                     fire4After Run Maintenance
A maintenance step not included in the instruction manual was greasing the driveshaft. After approximately one hour of running the Rescue 17, I removed the driveshaft and it needed to have grease applied. It is necessary to remove the rudder to allow removal of the prop shaft. A 1.5mm set screw wrench is required to loosen the set screws on the rudder control arm and shaft coupler. A thin coating of Grim Racer Speed Grease Drive Cable Lube was applied to both the driveshaft and rudder shaft. Wipe any excess grease from the end of the prop shaft to avoid splattering grease on the hull bottom. It was necessary to push the driveshaft slightly downward to insert the shaft back into the coupler. Make certain the flat area on the shaft matches the coupler set screw.                                                                          fire5

Aftermarket Siren from RAM Models
After numerous trips to the lake with my Rescue 17, it seemed like there was something missing from the experience. That missing something was a siren. Having spent time at hobby shows with Ralph Warner, owner of RAM Radio Control Models, I knew Ralph had a siren in his electronics products inventory. Anytime I call Ralph, I know I’m in for a well-deserved, good natured ribbing. Over the years, Ralph has been very generous, providing me with various items his company sells for the RC aircraft, boat, and car enthusiast. Just a few days after our conversation the RAM Mark II Siren arrived in the mail.

The siren kit consists of a circuit board, on/off micro switch, cardboard material for a speaker box, a 1.5-inch speaker, and directions with diagrams. The only assembly required is constructing the speaker box and gluing the speaker to the box. I painted the box black and attached Velcro to the top. Velcro was also applied to the top of the cabin in back of the middle window. The plastic window was removed to allow the sound to exit the cabin. The on/off micro switch is mounted to a separate servo with double back tape. A Y-harness plugged into the throttle section of the receiver actuates the servo when throttle is applied. I spliced a connector into the wires leading to the speaker which allowed the cabin to be removed without having to remove the speaker.                                                                                                                      fire6

The siren definitely adds realism when the Rescue 17 is in operation. The RAM Mark II Siren is available from RAM Radio Control Models, RamRCandRamTrack.com, or you can give Ralph a call at (847) 740-8726.

The Last Word
The Rescue 17 is a model boat an entire family could enjoy operating. My wife, Maren, ran the boat for the photo shoot. Maren’s attempt to extinguish the candles proved rather challenging. Steering the boat wide open around the lake proved much easier than dousing candles 10 feet off the bow. The Rescue 17 is visually impressive as a static and operational model fire boat and it can provide a feeling of accomplishment when the only thing moving is the water cannon spraying water on candles. The Rescue 17 is proof you don’t have to be going fast to have fun with a model boat.                                                           Credits: http://www.aquacraftmodels.com/http://www.rcboatmag.com/Tony Phalen and Words & photos by Jerry Dunlap   http:// 

 

The Hull of Fame – Fast Electric

In over a decade of my Radio Control Boating experience, I have come in contact with many different Fast Electric boats. I can remember the days of charging up my NiCD packs in anticipation of a solid day of boating. Then one day there were an overwhelming amount of people switching to the newer NiMh battery technology. NiMh proved as a solid performer for many years to come. Then to every RC maniacs dreams, LiPo’s were born. This technology in batteries have given RC in general one of the biggest uproar. It allowed a much greater overall power system to be used in any RC imaginable.

Now in the boating community this was very big news. Boats take a tremendous amount of power to drive them at speeds that a typical RC car would travel at. This need for extreme power was the result of intense amounts of drag for any object moving through water. This shouldn’t come as  a surprise, when was the last time you changed your disk brakes on a boat? Yep boats don’t have brakes, it feels as if they have permanent anchors.

Before the battery technology and brushless technology that we currently have today, it was difficult to get a Ready to Run boat that traveled faster then 40 km/h. In most cases, when you did have a boat that was in that range of speed, it had to have 2 brushed motors running to the same prop shaft, running off of multiple cells and through an awkward transmission coupling it all together.

It wasn’t until the very first Mainstream boat was introduced that we started seeing some excellent performance numbers that changed the Ready to Run boating market.

The Hull of Fame – Fast Electric

The boat that enters the hull of fame at RadioControlInfo is one that every enthusiast will remember. It was the first mainstream brushless boat that could really benefit from LiPo’s, but many were still using top notch NiMh packs with great success.

Entering the hull of fame is the Aquacraft Supervee 27 RTR.

This Boat sold well before it even hit stores, it was well marketed, well designed, and well built. Many popular features were built in to the boat to ensure that it performed well, we will first start with the hull itself.boat23

Why the Supervee “27” – The Hull of Fame

The Supervee 27 was called the Supervee “27” as the hull length was based around being 27 inches in length. This was an important part of the design as size did matter. A hull under performs if the length is too small, but here’s the catch. The hull also under performs if the boat is sized to long. The under performance changes in each case where a smaller hull will suffer in the handling department and a hull that is sized too large for its power system will suffer in its power and performance department. In order to get this correctly, it takes a precisely selected hull length. boat24

Running Hardware – The Hull of Fame

Blue anodized running hardware was nailed to the back of this hull. The blue colour looks great, and the sizing of each individual component was well determined and affected the handling performance in a very positive way. Now since there’s so many good things about this boat to talk about, let’s hurry up and get over the one issue that this boat suffered from. Water cooling. Yep, that’s it. Now did it matter? Mine ran no problem with the limited amount of water that circulated through the cooling system.  The problem was found to be in the aluminum rudder of this hull and Aquacraft corrected this problem in a later version of this hull. Now that we are over that one hurdle, let’s move in to the power system.                       boat25

Welcome to Brushless Power – The Hull of Fame

Aquacraft dropped in the best power plant that a high volume RTR hull has seen in all of fast electric boating history,  making every father shake in his shoes while driving one of these.  Pop open the cowl on this boat and you will find a 3/4 horsepower electric motor. It isn’t just any motor, it’s a brushless motor.  Brushless motors at the time were relatively new to people and the 3 wires coming out of the can on this motor would confuse many people. I remember the countless threads titled ” which motor wire connects to which ESC wire?” This just goes to show the lack of experience in brushless motors in that particular time. Not many people seen them in boats before, especially RTR boats.                                                           boat26

Electronic Speed Control – The Hull of Fame

The component responsible for delivering battery power to the motor was an ESC (Electronic Speed Control) that was still designed around NiMh batteries. The only reason one could not use LiPo’s was because of the lack for an appropriate low voltage cutoff built in to the ESC. If you wanted to run the boat on LiPo’s you would simply have to time your run and bring the hull in after a certain time period or purchase a 3rd party device that would incorporate a lower voltage cutoff. Timing your run is something that I talk about a lot in the build a fast electric boat part of the website, and is something that every boater should be doing in good practice. When performed correctly this is a guaranteed way of preventing any over discharging of the batteries.                                                                                                    boat27

Putting it all together – The Hull of Fame

When putting it all together, this hull sold for approximately 300 USD. At this price point it was a very good deal, especially for something this advanced in the boating market. No other Mass produced radio control boat had all of these features combined in to one solid package.

What did you get in terms of performance? Well, quite  a handful. The handling characteristics of this 27 inch long hull was very good considering the speed you could achieve. Among many things, cornering felt smooth and predictable. Tight turning radius’ were possible at 70% speed which offered excellent control. This however was only possible during a right hand turn. Due to the nature of racing, our RC models at a race circuit will only make right hand turns and keeping this consistent, the Supervee 27 was only fitted with a right hand turn fin which did not allow for aggressive left hand turning performance. The overall speed of this boat heavily outweighed this small minute obstacle.  With 64km/h speeds possible, this boat was a handful. Even with NiMh packs, maintaining over 55km/h was entirely possible.

Paving the Road in to the Future – The Hull of Fame

Aquacraft Models whether they knew it or not paved the road for companies to jump on board the Ready to Run High performance Radio Control boating market. Looking at what we have available now is surely different in terms of variety then it was just 7 or so years ago.  Someone had to break the ice and it did not take long until there were Supervee’s buzzing around the lakes and ponds right after that ice starts to separate.                                                                                                                                                                         Credits:  Ryan http://www.radiocontrolinfo.com/   http://