|Aug 27, 2012, 10:30 PM|
Maiden Voyage of My Southampton Tug...
I got my tug on Saturday, and put it together on Sunday. Putting it together didn't take much, all it was really was stringing the 28 rubber tires onto the hull to act as bumpers.
I also managed to get my FlySky receiver into the boat, and I also made an adapter to run my new 3000mah NiMH six cells instead of the little 800mah stock battery.
I wasn't going to take it out today because it was supposed to rain all day, but it cleared up really nicely around 2pm, so I drove over to the Boat Club to throw it in the water and try it out.
A few notes I have made...the bigger six cell definitely adds a bit too much weight to the front. I need to put something in the rear hatch to counteract that added weight to the front. In front it's also very sensitive to wear the battery is in relation to the center line of the tug. If it's off to one side, the tug lists to the side that the battery is on pretty badly. I was able to remedy this by putting the battery in going across the hull, instead of from bow to stern.
The boat moves along really well. I was happy with the speed and power of the stock setup. I think I could use a bit more throw from the servos for the rudder, however, so I may end up modifying that a bit.
Overall, for $140 shipped and then $10 for a new battery, this is a pretty good buy. I'm going to be adding some figures and probably a few LEDs to the inside of the cabins for some added realism.
Here's some shots. Sorry, I don't have any video as I was by myself, and I don't like trying to get video of my boats while driving because I'd rather not drop my radio in the water!!
Here's a shot from the starboard side of the boat.
One from the port.
A little farther out to sea.
Coming into the harbor.
Heading out to try to move a "barge," in fairly rough seas.
This was a shot of the tug from the dock I was on. The pipe is a water pipe that moves water around the dock. This is a permanent dock, so in the winter this pipe serves to keep the water from freezing too heavily around the dock and potentially damaging it. I thought this shot looked pretty cool.
That's all for now. Tomorrow I have a day at the lake planned with both of my ships, so I'll try to get some photos and video!!
|Aug 28, 2012, 06:32 PM|
I have one and another member has the slipways kit Wyeforce the only difference Is the size . Great boat all around.
|Aug 28, 2012, 07:30 PM|
Here's some more shots. I took them with my nicer camera.
It was pretty choppy today, but I got the boat out anyways.
Here it is, listing to the side pretty well.
Nice head on shot.
Here's a good shot that shows the "Arctic RC" logo on the back, which is the one negative thing about this tug...I need to find a way to get it off of there.
Port side shot.
A bunch of shots near some treacherous rocks.
Headed towards the boat ramp...
Ready to be pulled out of the water for the afternoon!!!
Today I added some weight to the back of the tug and I liked the way it handled better. It counteracts the added weight of the bigger battery in the front very nicely.
I still can't say enough good things about this little tug. It's great fun on the water, and for the price simply can't be beat.
|Aug 28, 2012, 07:45 PM|
Photos look great she looks like a real boat in the choppy water.
As for the logo I went to home depot and picked up some no sked tape that they use on steps and covered it right up now it looks like a hatch no more logo.
|Aug 28, 2012, 08:13 PM|
Hey, that's a GREAT idea!!!
I was trying to come up with some way that would look good but wouldn't require me to sand and repaint the deck, because I don't really want to do that.
And thanks for the compliments on the photos.
|Aug 28, 2012, 08:56 PM|
No problem I also didn't want to do any painting so now you don't have to .
That no skid is great stuff and very easy to work with you will love it.
Let me know once you pick it up what you think.
|Aug 28, 2012, 09:09 PM|
I will try to get to Home Depot on Thursday or Saturday. I have those two days as early work days this week. Otherwise, I might not make it until next Monday.
How much of it did you end up using?? Just enough to cover the logo??
|Aug 28, 2012, 09:31 PM|
Yes it covers the whole logo and looks good to because it's in the middle of the boat so looks like a hatch would go there .
I had to send my first SH back had motor problems don't have new one set up yet or I would send you photos may get to it tomorrow if I do I will post a pix with the non skid so you can see it.I think it look good I don't like that logo at all it's the only thing I dislike about the boat so this was the easiest way to fix that.
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