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Old May 27, 2015, 11:48 AM
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Retreval Boat

looking for suggestions on a RC boat to push float planes back to shore when stuff happens?
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Old May 28, 2015, 10:14 PM
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Old May 29, 2015, 12:57 AM
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I remember some earlier threads in this forum on the same topic; a quick search might turn them up?
If nothing does, ask again and I'll have a dig.
Cheers,
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Old May 29, 2015, 01:47 PM
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We built one using a donated kickboard used for water excersizing.
Used a block of wood for a central motor pylon, wooden dowel and
1/8th ply for a rudder hinged with brass hinges from the hardware store(added a water rudder later on. Uses one servo and has a tupperware container to hold the electricals. It can either be used as a pusher, or, we tow about 15' of nylon string with a fishing bobber on it to circle and "catch" the distressed plane for a tow.

It's not whiz-bang high-speed cool, but it works and it'll go get a flipped Flyzone beaver with no problems. I'll load up some pics when I can get away from this server at work if you'd like.
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Old May 29, 2015, 03:06 PM
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We built one using a donated kickboard used for water excersizing.
Used a block of wood for a central motor pylon, wooden dowel and
1/8th ply for a rudder hinged with brass hinges from the hardware store(added a water rudder later on. Uses one servo and has a tupperware container to hold the electricals. It can either be used as a pusher, or, we tow about 15' of nylon string with a fishing bobber on it to circle and "catch" the distressed plane for a tow.

It's not whiz-bang high-speed cool, but it works and it'll go get a flipped Flyzone beaver with no problems. I'll load up some pics when I can get away from this server at work if you'd like.
Tnx great idea look forward to pic's
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Old Jun 02, 2015, 04:36 PM
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I'm building a waterplane and plan on using a canoe to go fetch it.

If I was building a rescue boat I'd maybe have it look like the attached pic though.
Sadly, the boat might get more time on it than the waterplane, and would likely never crash.
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Old Jun 02, 2015, 05:09 PM
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There's a RCM plan "floating" around here somewhere…

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2988
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That is the one (RCM)
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 07:39 PM
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Speaking of that, the Florida Float Flyers' retrieval boat has been stolen.
Red, 14 foot Cacci craft v-hull
No windshield, Bondo where the steering wheel used to be.
Astroturf glued to the fore-deck.
2 full-width board seats, with lots of styrofoam floatation blocks glued in.
When the deck was painted, we threw in lots of small gravel for wet-traction safety.
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Got a pic yesterday of the boat.
Photobucket or phone issues distort the pic.
Fixed
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It's a while since I flew off water, but for a retrieval boat I would have considered a line and hook transport boat.

I would have thought dragging a model back in with a line would be more reliable than trying to push a model back.
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From an old thread on retrieval methods.

Someone always has to be awkward ----


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It's a while since I flew off water, but for a retrieval boat I would have considered a line and hook transport boat.

I would have thought dragging a model back in with a line would be more reliable than trying to push a model back.
That's how we do it. 20ft of nylon line with a fishing bobber at the end.
Usually takes circling the plane twice then back to shore.
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Possibilities in kit form …

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I'm building a waterplane and plan on using a canoe to go fetch it.

If I was building a rescue boat I'd maybe have it look like the attached pic though.
Sadly, the boat might get more time on it than the waterplane, and would likely never crash.
I bought one similar, decent size 24" it turned out to be more like a toy,
top heavy, bang bang steering and propulsion. With more weight and bigger battery ai may work.
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