|Mar 22, 2011, 12:13 PM|
Race Day 1
We had our first official race for Puget Sound Fast Electric at the park in Granite Falls.
There were 11 drivers in attendance and roughly 38 boats in 8 different classes. The weather cooperated nicely and although it was a bit chilly (34 degrees) at the start of the day it probably hit the 50's by the afternoon with mixed sunshine and overcast conditions.
The racing was fun. I ended up winning the SV27 and Offshore categories (mostly by finishing all of the heats), coming in 2nd in LSH, and a distant third in 1/10th scale modern.
Greg Schweers took the OPC Tunnel, LSH and P-Spec Hydro classes, Byron Pimms was the 1/10th scale modern and classic winner, Scott Bickford won the P-Mono title.
The video below is some of the testing and the OPC Tunnel heat 1 race.
Since the race I have been working on props for the American Dream LSH boat with at least a bit of success. The original 1445 prop had the boat going about 46.8mph, and then 47.5 and 48.9mph with two different cut down 1450's. I did a bit of cupping on the tips of the 1445 and now I am getting 50.0mph with that prop. That has to be the easiest boat I have ever setup and it looks so smooth at 50mph. I know that there are people who have gotten runs of 55mph with the UL-1 motor and an ABC H5 prop, but I think they were running a Turnigy 120 ESC and pushed the timing up to 15 degrees. I think 50 is pretty good for a UL-1 speed control, but I am going to continue to experiment.
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