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Old Apr 11, 2004, 03:01 AM
Tom Gardner
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RC fishing boat - help!

It's getting to be spring and young men's thoughts turn to....FISHING!!!
Every year a bunch of us go to Canada and stalk the 50" Great Northern Pike.
Over the years I have hatched some bizarre schemes to get an edge on these
monsters, some have worked, some get laughs. This year I want a
radio-controlled boat to pull a bait in areas that I just can't get into
with the big boat
without spooking the fish or getting hung-up. My plan is to use a
planerboard release on the boat with about a 10'-20' lead to some
appropriate bait. The fish hits the bait, the release pops, I land fish, I
release fish, repeat. Searching around for the appropriate boat has been
fruitless. Either the boat is too fast, too small, too unstable, too
expensive, too inefficient, etc. The ideal boat would be about 24" - 36"
with a wide beam, be able to go slow and be maneuverable, have long battery
life (hours) and have a
method of charging. This year is a drive-in on logging roads, not a fly-in
so I will have access to the van's power systems. Oh, BTW, I don't want to
spend a lot, maybe $100 or so. Any ideas? I do have an old Futaba 2 ch.
with 1 servo. I also have a absolutely complete machine shop and wood shop.
Want to sell me an old RC
boat?


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Old Apr 11, 2004, 03:01 AM
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Re: RC fishing boat - help!

Tom Gardner wrote:

> It's getting to be spring and young men's thoughts turn to....FISHING!!!
> Every year a bunch of us go to Canada and stalk the 50" Great Northern
> Pike. Over the years I have hatched some bizarre schemes to get an edge on
> these
> monsters, some have worked, some get laughs. This year I want a
> radio-controlled boat to pull a bait in areas that I just can't get into
> with the big boat
> without spooking the fish or getting hung-up. My plan is to use a
> planerboard release on the boat with about a 10'-20' lead to some
> appropriate bait. The fish hits the bait, the release pops, I land fish,
> I
> release fish, repeat. Searching around for the appropriate boat has been
> fruitless. Either the boat is too fast, too small, too unstable, too
> expensive, too inefficient, etc. The ideal boat would be about 24" - 36"
> with a wide beam, be able to go slow and be maneuverable, have long
> battery life (hours) and have a
> method of charging. This year is a drive-in on logging roads, not a
> fly-in
> so I will have access to the van's power systems. Oh, BTW, I don't want
> to
> spend a lot, maybe $100 or so. Any ideas? I do have an old Futaba 2 ch.
> with 1 servo. I also have a absolutely complete machine shop and wood
> shop. Want to sell me an old RC
> boat?
>
>


Have you considered a sailboat?
You would need two servos to handle the rudder and sails.
Battery life is a plus, stable, efficent, this model has a shallower draft
than many sailboats in this size range. Maybe more important quiet and fun
to sail.

http://www.victor-model.com/soling1m.html
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Old Apr 11, 2004, 12:01 PM
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use an old troling moter and built a basic hull with ply wood, it use normal baterys slow tons of torqe and if you look in the right places an old trolling moter is waiting at a garage sale. wings in things hobbies has a boat that you could use for an example(sorry i dont have the link)
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Old Apr 11, 2004, 09:02 PM
Tom Gardner
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Re: RC fishing boat - help!


> Have you considered a sailboat?
> You would need two servos to handle the rudder and sails.
> Battery life is a plus, stable, efficent, this model has a shallower draft
> than many sailboats in this size range. Maybe more important quiet and fun
> to sail.
>
> http://www.victor-model.com/soling1m.html
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Thanks! I did concider a sailboat but in most of the coves that I will
target, the wind is very unpredictable and swirls like a toilet bowl and I
need very precise movement. Noise isn't really a problem except a 15 hp gas
outboard, actually the Pike are stupid and attracted to a small commotion.
I'm thinking of carving a block of foam and using a small motor and a 2 ch.
I was hoping to find something off the shelf cheap or used.


Old Apr 11, 2004, 09:02 PM
Gary R. Schmidt
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Re: RC fishing boat - help!

Tom Gardner wrote:

>>Have you considered a sailboat?
>>You would need two servos to handle the rudder and sails.
>>Battery life is a plus, stable, efficent, this model has a shallower draft
>>than many sailboats in this size range. Maybe more important quiet and fun
>>to sail.
>>
>>http://www.victor-model.com/soling1m.html
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>
>
> Thanks! I did concider a sailboat but in most of the coves that I will
> target, the wind is very unpredictable and swirls like a toilet bowl and I
> need very precise movement. Noise isn't really a problem except a 15 hp gas
> outboard, actually the Pike are stupid and attracted to a small commotion.
> I'm thinking of carving a block of foam and using a small motor and a 2 ch.
> I was hoping to find something off the shelf cheap or used.
>
>

In MMI, there is an advertisement by Pegasus Models,
<http;//www.pegasus.co.uk>, which includes a "Bait Boat/Feeder", quoting:
"A bait feeder specifically designed to place your hook, weights and
ground bait where required.
Specifications:
31" Long
11" Beam
1kg Payload

New 3 channel version complete R.T.R UKPounds 269"

If you are a barbarian, 1kg ~= 2.2 pounds avoirdupois.

Cheers,
Gary B-)

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Old Apr 11, 2004, 09:02 PM
Jerry Shaw
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Re: RC fishing boat - help!

"Tom Gardner" <tom(nospam)@ohiobrush.com> wrote:

>> Have you considered a sailboat?
>> You would need two servos to handle the rudder and sails.
>> Battery life is a plus, stable, efficent, this model has a shallower draft
>> than many sailboats in this size range. Maybe more important quiet and fun
>> to sail.
>>
>> http://www.victor-model.com/soling1m.html
>> --
>> __________m___~ΏΤ___m____________________________

>
>Thanks! I did concider a sailboat but in most of the coves that I will
>target, the wind is very unpredictable and swirls like a toilet bowl and I
>need very precise movement. Noise isn't really a problem except a 15 hp gas
>outboard, actually the Pike are stupid and attracted to a small commotion.
>I'm thinking of carving a block of foam and using a small motor and a 2 ch.
>I was hoping to find something off the shelf cheap or used.


Tom,

I think a hunk of foam would be the cheapest way of going. You could also make
it in the shape you wanted. I would think a flat bottom with rounded sides
would be the best, so it won't get caught in weeds. You may want to make some
sort of metal wire cage around the prop also, so it doesn't get tangled in
weeds either. A hunk of foam about 3 or 4 inches deep will hold a lot of
weight and still have a shallow draft. You might also be able to hollow out a
small tunnel for the prop and rudder to allow the hull to bottom out without
the prop hitting the bottom. Be creative.

You should be able to get a propeller, shaft, motor and tubing at most hobby
stores. Alternatively, you may be able to get a metal rod and some tubing at a
hardware store at a lot less, and just the prop from the hobby store.

As another alternative, since you don't need speed, go to a discount toy store
and buy a toy non-RC boat with the motor and prop installed. You could take
the motor, shaft and prop out and use them that way. Or, you could even
consider cutting a slot in the foam and gluing the boat into the slot, so you
have a "barge." You could do this with a cheap toy RC boat too, so the extra
foam would act as the extra buoyancy you need to carry your line. But you
might want to check the range on any RC boat you use, as it might not be too
far. In any case, you could probably replace it with your own radio, with just
a forward, stop, reverse switch controlled by one of the servos.

Go to a toy store first and look around. See what you can make from the toy
boats they have there. You'll save a lot of money in the long run. And, they
almost all run on standard batteries, so you can always find replacements. And
if you want to go with rechargeables, there are good standard sets of
rechargeables with an AC/car charger for under $30.

Jerry
Old Apr 11, 2008, 09:27 PM
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The ultimate solution

You asked a question that I've been interested in knowing about too. Here's the perfect thing to use CLICK HERE its The "RC FISHING POLE" it fits on any RC Boat. Make sure and let us know how you do.
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Old May 20, 2009, 12:11 AM
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I'm on my third rc fishing boat. I find it a bit more interesting than normal shore based fishing. My first was just a piece of foam with 2 540 motors driven in a dozer type setup. It was OK but not very reliable and then got trashed when I fished in salt water.

Second boat was a fibreglass hull like a trawler. Also went for a jet powered brushless setup. It had a jet thruster in the front, brushless power a 2 7ahr 12v batteries. Was too heavy, run time about 1hr. Did build a great little real setup thou, 12v geared real drive. Also the modded fishfinder worked well up to a certain range. All up a lot of fun to build and use but was too heavy.

Now building a third one. 1.2m meter deep V hull, large second hand jet unit powered by a very quiet 22cc Honda 4 stroke which still has the cooling fan but I have also wound some 4mm alloy tube between the vents which has cool water pumped through it. All the radio gear is now in a small waterproof camera box (Pelican). Boat has a seperate geared 6v 540 setup to get it back to shore if the motor stalls/runs out of power.

Anyway, project a bit $$ but good fun. A few years ago we set up a model glider for beach fishing. It had a remote release hook. We would just release the reel, hook up the bait hook and fly it as far out as possible, then release. Fly it back and land. Easy 200m cast into the wind

Too many toys, not enough time...
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