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Old Jan 02, 2003, 08:02 PM
Clark Kent
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A Quest about R/C boats ... please read.

I think that this group is about hobby type racing r/c boats and my needs
are along a totally different line, but I will ask it anyway. If I don't
get a response, I will understand.

There is a small pond in my backyard. I don't know the measurements but
there are 5 houses on the other side of the pond and on my side there are
only 2 houses. At this time of year, it is a lot of work to keep the
fallen leaves cleaned off so that the water looks clean. The stream that
feeds the pond is totally on my property so I strain the inlet with a
piece of chain-link fence fabric but there are a some trees that drop
their foliage directly into the pond. At this time of year, I am at the
mercy of the winds. I just keep an eye out for a day when the prevailing
breeze blows the floating debris down into my corner of the pond. I then
get out with hand tools with long handles and scoop up the floating
leaves and pine straw and cart them off to my compost pile. Several times
this season, I saw the debris drifting in my direction, but before I
could get organized, the winds shifted and the debris floated away from
me. I now have the cleanup work done until springtime when the tree
pollen with present the same challenge.

I was thinking that I should try to buy an R/C boat fitted with a debris
scoop on the front of it. It would probably need to be larger and
stronger than the small model boats that I have seen mentioned.

Does anyone have any reccomendations?

Clark
Old Jan 02, 2003, 11:22 PM
Mr R. Laramee
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Re: A Quest about R/C boats ... please read.

Hello

Yes I do leave the leaves excuse the pun but why are you removing something
that is beneficial to the pound to start with?
Think of all the good stuff that leave do for a pound. I think you should
let nature take it course and let mother nature take care of the leaves. If
there are fish or bugs or anything living in there you are harming them by
doing what your doing. Please look on the net to see how pounds need the
humice that the leaves provide for the live creatures in there.
the link below is just a small amount of info for ponds:
http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/...lora/wetplant/

If you still want to remove the leaves after all this look at or make a
float net or barricade or better yet a bladder like they do with oil slicks
but on a much smaller level.
anchor one end to the shore line and walk around the pound with the other
end until you get to were you started from. by doing this you will have
captured EVERYTHING that is on the surface of the water.

if you only want to do half the pound get a row boat or canoe and paddle you
way there.

good luck...

that's my 2 cents,, hope it helps...........


"Clark Kent" <ckent@dailyplanet.com> wrote in message
news:Xns92F7CADA045B3ckentdailyplanetcom@24.28.95. 150...
> I think that this group is about hobby type racing r/c boats and my needs
> are along a totally different line, but I will ask it anyway. If I don't
> get a response, I will understand.
>
> There is a small pond in my backyard. I don't know the measurements but
> there are 5 houses on the other side of the pond and on my side there are
> only 2 houses. At this time of year, it is a lot of work to keep the
> fallen leaves cleaned off so that the water looks clean. The stream that
> feeds the pond is totally on my property so I strain the inlet with a
> piece of chain-link fence fabric but there are a some trees that drop
> their foliage directly into the pond. At this time of year, I am at the
> mercy of the winds. I just keep an eye out for a day when the prevailing
> breeze blows the floating debris down into my corner of the pond. I then
> get out with hand tools with long handles and scoop up the floating
> leaves and pine straw and cart them off to my compost pile. Several times
> this season, I saw the debris drifting in my direction, but before I
> could get organized, the winds shifted and the debris floated away from
> me. I now have the cleanup work done until springtime when the tree
> pollen with present the same challenge.
>
> I was thinking that I should try to buy an R/C boat fitted with a debris
> scoop on the front of it. It would probably need to be larger and
> stronger than the small model boats that I have seen mentioned.
>
> Does anyone have any reccomendations?
>
> Clark



Old Jan 03, 2003, 06:12 AM
SR
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Re: A Quest about R/C boats ... please read.

you could try one of the larger tugs like Dumas's Mr. Darbie, which is 48"
long, and make up a boom to tow arround. Properly configured, the Mr. Darbie
or any tug that size will pull a row boat with a couple people in it.
"Clark Kent" <ckent@dailyplanet.com> wrote in message
news:Xns92F7CADA045B3ckentdailyplanetcom@24.28.95. 150...
> I think that this group is about hobby type racing r/c boats and my needs
> are along a totally different line, but I will ask it anyway. If I don't
> get a response, I will understand.
>
> There is a small pond in my backyard. I don't know the measurements but
> there are 5 houses on the other side of the pond and on my side there are
> only 2 houses. At this time of year, it is a lot of work to keep the
> fallen leaves cleaned off so that the water looks clean. The stream that
> feeds the pond is totally on my property so I strain the inlet with a
> piece of chain-link fence fabric but there are a some trees that drop
> their foliage directly into the pond. At this time of year, I am at the
> mercy of the winds. I just keep an eye out for a day when the prevailing
> breeze blows the floating debris down into my corner of the pond. I then
> get out with hand tools with long handles and scoop up the floating
> leaves and pine straw and cart them off to my compost pile. Several times
> this season, I saw the debris drifting in my direction, but before I
> could get organized, the winds shifted and the debris floated away from
> me. I now have the cleanup work done until springtime when the tree
> pollen with present the same challenge.
>
> I was thinking that I should try to buy an R/C boat fitted with a debris
> scoop on the front of it. It would probably need to be larger and
> stronger than the small model boats that I have seen mentioned.
>
> Does anyone have any reccomendations?
>
> Clark



Old Jan 07, 2003, 11:52 AM
Rob
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Re: A Quest about R/C boats ... please read.

I think I might make something totally custom. It'd be a shame to
capsize a scale boat with a bad move (R/C plane flyers call that type
of thing 'dumb thumbs'). Staring at the ceiling, I envision a couple
of those pool noodles or PVC pipe (capped, of course) in a catamaran
configuration with a tag-sale 12V trolling motor. What do you think?
You could mount a 12V battery on the platform; steering-servo power
might be a minor issue. I think some of the trolling motors are even
advertised as 'weed-free'. Or use 2 motors with just on/off (or
throttle) control to steer - you've have LOTS of power The cheaper
motors are nothing but a rheostat at the top with a tube to hold the
motor at the bottom.....grab your hacksaw and have at it
Old Jan 07, 2003, 12:22 PM
John Mianowski
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Re: A Quest about R/C boats ... please read.

Sounds quite a bit like this:

http://www.ntxbg.org/pgDamageReport/...veryCraft.html

JM

On 7 Jan 2003 09:44:31 -0800, purchasing@fansteelvrwesson.com (Rob)
wrote:

>I think I might make something totally custom. It'd be a shame to
>capsize a scale boat with a bad move (R/C plane flyers call that type
>of thing 'dumb thumbs'). Staring at the ceiling, I envision a couple
>of those pool noodles or PVC pipe (capped, of course) in a catamaran
>configuration with a tag-sale 12V trolling motor. What do you think?
>You could mount a 12V battery on the platform; steering-servo power
>might be a minor issue. I think some of the trolling motors are even
>advertised as 'weed-free'. Or use 2 motors with just on/off (or
>throttle) control to steer - you've have LOTS of power The cheaper
>motors are nothing but a rheostat at the top with a tube to hold the
>motor at the bottom.....grab your hacksaw and have at it


Old Jan 07, 2003, 07:22 PM
Clark Kent
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Re: A Quest about R/C boats ... please read.

purchasing@fansteelvrwesson.com (Rob) wrote in
news:459cf7f6.0301070944.412f13bc@posting.google.c om:

I like your suggestion about using a PVC pipe structure and the other
suggestion by John Mianowski. I went to the URL mentioned by John and
that gave me several ideas. The idea of using 2 small fans to make an
"air boat" is very interesting.

A few weeks ago we had some heavy rain that lasted most of the night.
During that downpour an 8 foot 2x12 board floated away from me. I did not
want to trespass on other properties to recover it although I saw it
floating in the distance. It took about 2 weeks before conditions were
right for it to float back onto my property. If I had such a RC aparatus,
I could have retrieved it the as soon as the rains stopped.

I need to do some serious study about how to control those two fans using
radio control.

I posted a photo of my pond situation at
http://photos.yahoo.com/arklatex1932
in the folder named "public".

Thanks guys for the excellent suggestions.

Clark

=====

> I think I might make something totally custom. It'd be a shame to
> capsize a scale boat with a bad move (R/C plane flyers call that type
> of thing 'dumb thumbs'). Staring at the ceiling, I envision a couple
> of those pool noodles or PVC pipe (capped, of course) in a catamaran
> configuration with a tag-sale 12V trolling motor. What do you think?
> You could mount a 12V battery on the platform; steering-servo power
> might be a minor issue. I think some of the trolling motors are even
> advertised as 'weed-free'. Or use 2 motors with just on/off (or
> throttle) control to steer - you've have LOTS of power The cheaper
> motors are nothing but a rheostat at the top with a tube to hold the
> motor at the bottom.....grab your hacksaw and have at it
>


Old Jan 12, 2003, 01:20 PM
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Tug Boat

Clark,
The PVC piping idea is interesting, but I disagree with the idea of not building a scale boat for fear of loosing it. With the pond you show, a scale boat would look great.
I would look at a tug boat, something like this:
http://nwrcsm.freeyellow.com/burtsboat.jpg
Back step on the site and you will find a link to this tug boat club. I have sailed with these guys and with the right power to prop ration you can move some pretty heavy objects.
Also something to consider with regards to the prop is the Gruepner Voith-Schneider Propeller. This unit will allow you to spin the boat around the prop system and to move teh boat sideways. It would help you to get out of any really stick situations.
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 08:06 PM
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A Springer....

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=522762

Cheap, easy to build, manouverable, stable, and can be made VERY powerfull with the right motor and prop..
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