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Old Apr 16, 2012, 04:00 AM
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Hi David,

Do a google search for the Graupner Key Biscayne and you'll know the Germans had their boats vacuum formed in China decades ago.

Most Key Biscaine's were set-up with a 700 motor by their owners and ran like this:
Graupner Key Biscayne RC Rennboot + LiPo Power (2 min 20 sec)

As it's a large hull, even for a 700 motor, you could install more power in the Chinese version, but you'd have to reinforce the hull to make it able to cope with 40 mph+.

Also the steering outdrive can't take much more than a 700 motor, it'll wear out very quick.
Quote of a wellknown German raceboater: a universal coupler doesn't belong in a fast electric.

In order to turn properly, the boat also needs a turnfin (on the right), or two, if you wish to turn left too (not the wisest thing to try at full speed...)

Other than that, it's a nice design, somewhat outdated, but who cares.

Regards, Jan.
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