R/C Boat help?

B175Chris

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Hi All

Reading about the Lidl r/c sailing boat and found a Mobo version, one of the many out there i'm sure:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?ITAG=FAQ&ModuleNo=46910&doy=10m5#faq

Now it says on the website the chargeup time is 5 hours but the running time is a mere 12 minutes!

Even my bayliner doesnt use that much fuel! /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

So question is really, what's the best (and cheapest) R/C boat you've ever bought as i'm on the lookout... hopefully for something that lasts a bit longer though...

cheers

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These little electric motors are very power hungry, if you want speed they dont last long !!

I doubt you will even get 10 minutes out of a quick boat, but buy a spare battery and you can get 12volt 'quick' chargers. These take about 15-30 mins.

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as already said - you use a fast charger - but the charger will cost more than the model

also these are chinese imports dont expect them to last
 

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My dad builds model boats - this is a PT boat he put together a couple of months ago, its about 4ft long, and is powered by twin shafts, I think they are 800w motors, powered by two large 6 volt batteries, with lots of electrics. And of course a Remote controller.

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Great fun on the canal, but sadly unused now, so open to reasonable offers!
 

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The only way to get good speed and good run time is to go with an IC engine, but these are much more money and some types of engine are a pain to get running. They are very quick however.
 

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Under £30? /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Would love to be mechanically and electronically-minded enough to be able to do that kind of thing though I have to say...

Not really what i'm looking for but just out of interest, what kind of money would you say was a reasonable offer?
 

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WOW , now THAT is what I call a model , I love PT's and MTB's , probably out of my price bracket ( purse string holder says so anyway ) but that is definately on my want list
 

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the value is in the labour - which you are meant to do yourself /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
 

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The last boat I made was a scale model of a harbour launch so I know that , but that is so much better than my effort was because we all have different skills , and model making isn't one of mine
 

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no nor me - but Im good at wrecking them /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
 

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my effort sprang a leek in the keel after a month , so it filled to about a third full within ten minutes , but its power pack usually lasted a good thirty minutes if I was careful so when I realised it was sinking I had enough power left to just make it to the riverbank before it sank
 
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