Hello, I am Iron Mike and welcome to a new weekly boat column on BigSquidRC, Prop Wash.
Most boat pilots have swamped out, turned into a submarine. Whatever term you use, water in a boat is not good. Most boat hulls have the capability of being taped shut. This will keep out most spray and splash, but what if you truly swamp a boat? Sealed or waterproof electronics are a must in my opinion. Almost all boat electronics are waterproof these days but that upgraded radio system needs to have a waterproof receiver or you will need to seal it somehow. I like to pot my receivers in electronics grade silicone. This is a good low cost way to protect your expensive receivers. In future editions of Prop Wash I will walk you through the waterproofing process as well as other tips to help new boaters have a good experience with their first boat.
The video shown below is from Aquacraft, watch it to get some waterproofing tips from Mike Zaborowski. Mike is known as the “GrimRacer” and has a wealth of knowledge on rc boating.
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The latest new product from Helion is the Lagos Sport RTR Boat. The Lagos was designed to be versatile and affordable, a good combination for a first time boat buyer. It also comes with a “self-righting” feature that allows you to flip the boat right side up from your transmitter. Some of its other features include-
* Comes with display stand
* 370 sized brushed motor
* 2-in-1 receiver/esc combo
* 2S 700mAh Lipo
* Comes with everything in the box, including AA batteries for transmitter
* Overall length: 14″
* Available in two colors- red or blue
The part number for the Lagos is #HLNB0001, it has a street price of $59, and you can get more information at This Link. All Helion products are available from your local HobbyTown USA dealer or directly from HelionRC.com
New from the crew over at Pro Boat is their Volere 22 V2. This Volere runabout is a visual stunner with its real wood trim layered over an ABS plastic hull. Cubby has already made a spot for one of these on his desk.
If you plan on actually running the Volere, Pro Boat made it extra easy to hit the water as it’s completely ready to run. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Water cooled 550 motor
* 2.4 Ghz radio system
* Highly detailed interior
* Includes Ni-MH battery
* Length: 22″
* Beam: 7.5″
The Volere V2 should start hitting your local hobby shop in early October and it has a part number of #PRB3050B with a street price of $249. Hit up THIS LINK for more information over on the Pro Boat website.
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The latest water machine from AquaCraft is the Lucas Oil FE Brushless Catamaran. The Lucas Oil Catamaran comes pre-built and ready to hit the water, and comes in either RTR or receiver ready Rx-R form.
A water cooled 6 pole 1800kV brushless motor and 60 amp speed controller are used to give the boat extreme power. A GrimRacer 2535 hardware package ensures the Lucas Oil Catamaran is ready go fast at your local lake.
The two part numbers for the Lucas Oil Brushless Catamaran are #AQUB2105 for RTR and #AQUB2106 for Rx-R. Street prices are $399 (RTR) and $339 (Rx-R) and it has a Mid-August release date. For complete information simply click THIS LINK to take you to the official AquaCraft website.
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Have the need to get out into the water? Thunder Tiger has a new rc boat called the Desperado Jr. Catamaran. It’s a RTR with a magnetic hatch for quick access to the insides, waterproof box for the receiver, and a flexing rudder to help limit damage if you happen to bump anything. (Something Bill and I could make good use for.. lol) Also included is a water-cooled outrunner brushless motor and a 2.4GHz radio. All that for a price around $220! To give you an idea of size, it’s about 27 inches (690mm) long.
We recently posted an informational type video about the new AquaCraftRevolt 30 FE Mono RC boat. This week there’s another video with a little more first person action! The roost off this boat is crazy tall!
Seems like we have had a ton of RC boat news lately.. must be that season. I wonder if Bill and I could do a little boat tag! LOL
New from AquaCraft is the Revolt 30 FE Mono. It’s got a mono hull to to help cut through the water. The Revolt is available in a Performance Ready 2.4GHz radio version, and a RX-R model that’s ready for you to ad a receiver and transmitter. Included is a water-cooled 6-pole 1800kv brushless motor, 60A brushless esc, GrimRacer metal 42×55 propeller and boat stand, and comes in 4 possible color schemes.
The boat runs on either two 2S or one 4S Lipo batteries, and will be available very soon. The street prices are around $350 for the RTR and $299 for the one you supply your on radio system for.
Traxxas has sent a reminder that they still have the fastest RTR boat on the market. The Traxxas Spartan can do 50mph out of the box, all you need to do is add a 6S LiPo. The boat now comes with their new TQi radio. They have also added a new video of the Spartan in action that we have embedded after the break, just click through… READ MORE
Atomik RC (formerly the Venom Group folks) have just announced the new Atomik A.R.C 58″ RTR Electric Boat. That’s almost 5 feet of water slicing machine people! They claim it’s the first large scale boat that out performs their gas counterparts. It boasts 2000 watts of brushless power with a water-cooled ESC for 40+ mph out of the box! The fibreglass hull has a battery compartment that can hold a 6S lipo but is expandable for a 12S configuration. It weighs in at 13lbs with battery, and is recommended for 14+ year olds with adult supervision.
Keep reading, as we have embedded a video of it in action!
Those of us that drive boats have, at one time or another, been in a position where our boat was dead in the water. Either the batteries dumped quicker than we thought, or we cut a turn too hard and flipped the thing. Retrieving the boat has become as much an art form as driving it. Whether it’s specially made watercraft, rigged up fishing gear, or a well trained dog, there’s quite a bit of thought put into how to get that disabled boat back to shore. But now Pro Boat has created the be-all, end-all of boat retrieval.
It’s a Duck.
Officially named the Retrieval Decoy, and actually intended to bring in hunter’s decoys after a long day of sitting in the blind, this Duck has the looks and power to help retrieve anything you’ve lost off-shore without disturbing the surrounding wildlife. A “baby duck” gaff is included to be towed behind the parent duck to make snagging things easy. It gets the power through a 30 amp waterproof ESC that controls a 380 size motor. Motion is provided by a ducted prop system to make it manueverable, while not tossing up a huge rooster-tail. Control is provided by a 2.4 GHz radio system and a 1200 mAh, 7.2v NiMH battery with a wall charger included as well.
List price is $199.99 and it should be hitting store shelves later this month. Check out the Pro Boat web site for more info.
Pro Boat has a new boat. The Stiletto 29 is an ARTR tunnel hull that is setup for Bind-N-Drive with a lot of Spektrum radios. It’s got a 1800 Kv brushless outboard motor that uses standard mounting hardware paired to a 60 amp marine ESC that’s LiPo ready, and a fiberglass composite hull for strength and performance.
The Stiletto 29 has an MSRP of $339.99 and it should be hitting your local shelves late next month.
Pro Boat‘s new Miss Geico 29 BL is one cool Cat. This 30″ catamaran RTR is built for speed with a 1500Kv brushless motor, 45 amp speed control, and dual 2S LiPo capability. The Miss Geico is fully licensed to look like the full scale version and features a lot of the details you’d expect to see. It also comes with Pro Boat’s 2.4 GHz marine radio system for nearly glitch free operation.
List price for the Miss Geico is $519.99 and it should be on the streets around the end of July. Check out the Pro Boat web site for more details.
Those guys from Texas are lettin fly with the details about the new Traxxas Titan Deep-V brushless boat (not to be confused with the Traxxas Titan 12-turn motor, obviously). This 3-foot beast is packed to the gills with power. Driven by a Velineon 540 XL brushless motor and VXL-6s Marine ESC, Traxxas is boasting of 50+ MPH speeds out of the box when paired with 6S worth of LiPo goodness. If you prefer a slower cruise speed then you can use the two included 7-Cell NiMH packs to put your out-of-box speed at just about 30 MPH. Another cool thing about this boat is the removable center tray that holds all the electronics, motor, and stuffing tube, so you can quickly and easily get in there and perform maintenance. Other features of the new Titan include aluminum running hardware, highly-adjustable battery trays with hook-and-loop straps, and the TQ 2.4 GHz radio system with waterproof electronics.
When the Titan hits your hobby shop shelves at the end of July it’ll be available in manly red or girly blue. MSRP for this badboy is going to be $680, but the street price is likely to be a bit cheaper. Hit up the Traxxas web site for more details, pics, and video. Looks like Aquacraft might have some competition.