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Feb 18, 2010, 09:52 PM
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Questions about RC boat brushless motor, ESC, Props, and building boats.

I am looking for boat parts for a school project where we have to build a boat (theres a price limit so the cheaper the better), and it has to go fast. I was looking at this brushless motor, _4800kv_Brushless_Inrunner_(WaterCooled)

would that work with this prop, if not, which one would be good? y_4mm_AquaProp__31x22x14mm.

and this ESC if not, which one would be good? ro_H40A_Brushless_Speed_Controller_

Also that brushless motor's site says the shaft is 2mm and the prop is 4mm, what would I need to connect them (which shaft, coupling, etc)?
For the boats hull, would wood or foam be better and which kind?
Thank you for your help!
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Feb 18, 2010, 10:12 PM
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All the gear you just listed cant be factored in to a working boat without hull type and size. The hull type and size will basically dictate your running gear. What length can you build in your you want a vee hull, a catamaran, a hydro........or maybe just a flatbottom type job? How fast does it need to go.......does it just need to run with no speed in mind to attain? This info will help greatly
Feb 18, 2010, 10:30 PM
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The hull type doesn't matter for this project, but I was thinking a monohull or it could be as simple as this shape, x|________/ <-- front ( x is the prop)
For the size I was thinking 1ft to 1.5ft long and about 6 inch wide.
I don't know that much about building boats, so if size doesn't work I don't mind changing them. The boat also has to carry a small orange so it needs to be big enough to accomodate that.
How fast? As fast as possible without costing too much. I used a speed calculator online with a similar size and pitch prop and it was around 35mph.
Feb 18, 2010, 11:01 PM
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Just based on length and the fact that you have to carry an orange i think the motor you listed is too high of kv..........needs more torque........maybe something like this motor on 4s lipo. You probably have to go lipo due to weight and the voltage you will need.




Hope this helps a bit................i think you may need to consider a hull that sits up a bit on the water.........shallow vee or cat.
Feb 18, 2010, 11:22 PM
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My fear was it being too high of an RPM and not enough torque :/ but with that lower RPM I hope its fast enough. What prop would be good for that? And due to our price limit of $80, would the ESC that I posted 1st be okay because its $12 less.

Do you know what I would need to connect the motor to the prop, like a shaft and coupling or something like that?

If I did get that Turnigy 1800mAh Lipo, I would have to get a cell balancer (which adds to the cost) and my Lipo charger does 1700mAh is that okay to charge it at that?

I was thinking about getting this battery
but a 4s Lipo for $13 thats nice

Thanks for your help (sorry for so many questions) and you don't have to use you can use which ever RC vender that you prefer. I just was using that because the motor and electronic speed control were cheap. (the orange is small too, ~ baseball or tennis ball size?)
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Feb 18, 2010, 11:55 PM
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The ESC you listed is only good for 3s may be able to try a 3s setup with a little higher kv motor.........cheaper esc and a cheaper battery too.
And yes you can use your lipo charger.

If the contest is fairly short water cooling probably wont have to come into play, this motor could work on 3s........much cheaper too......then you could use the ESC you were thinking of.

Heres a 3s battery:

EDIT: You also have to consider the drive.............subsurface or surface piercing............that will determine the prop.
Last edited by scorpion1; Feb 19, 2010 at 12:08 AM. Reason: add info
Feb 19, 2010, 03:37 AM
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given the budget, you'll probably want to go with a submerged drive (solid shaft) and a flat bottom boat. in that size range 30-35 is un-realistic(unless there is no penelty for putting the fruit on the bottom of the pool ). think more on the order of 20-25, a 28-60 motor(2500-2800kv) on 2s lipo w/ a 31mm prop (octura x431 or octura 531 plastic) should work nicely.
you forgot to mention what sort of water you'll be running on and the size of the course
Feb 19, 2010, 07:11 AM
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By " size range 30-35 is un-realistic" do you mean cm? and if you do isn't 20-25cm a bit small?
Do you have an estimate on how fast a "motor(2500-2800kv) on 2s lipo w/ a 31mm prop (octura x431 or octura 531 plastic) " would go? My goal is around 30mph (~49km/h), but if its at least over 20mph (~32km/h) thats good.
Feb 19, 2010, 07:15 AM
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30-35 is the size of the motor... 30mm diameter / 35 mm length. This is one of the accepted coding for brushless motors. Rex is right, try to find the plan on the net for the crackerbox and resize to around 350-400mm.
Feb 19, 2010, 07:17 AM
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okay thanks. And for the prop "subsurface or surface piercing" which ever one would work better for the motor and boat speed wise, I'll build it that way.
Feb 19, 2010, 07:57 AM
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quote: "in that size range 30-35 is un-realistic"

I'm thinking Rex means speed................

What about an air boat..........flatbottom with a big ole Fan.....easier to setup most likely.
Feb 19, 2010, 12:52 PM
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I was indeed refering to speed an 18" boat is not going to be controlible at 30-35MPH doing anything other than a straight line on perfect water. even that would bust your budget w-i-d-e open. speed on the water takes power, lots of power.
Feb 19, 2010, 01:55 PM
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Ooops, did not read carefully....
Feb 19, 2010, 09:17 PM
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I made a model of the boat I could do, I used a motor and battery pack that was on this page. The boat is flat on the bottom and catamaran like in the front (my boat may not be, I don't know yet.) The big orange thing is an orange, its kinda floating there because there isn't a cover on; and I know that prop is a bit small, it was a pain to make. The boat size is in LxWxH 18x6x2 inch or 44x15.5x5 cm.
My model I made is at:
and it will be gone on Feb 26th

Is the size good for the motor/battery below? Tell me what you think, Thanks

This is the motor in the picture

This is the battery

and does anyone know where to get a prop such as the one Rex R said to get? "a 31mm prop (octura x431 or octura 531 plastic) should work nicely"
Feb 19, 2010, 09:24 PM
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Dude! This is what i meant by airboat..............this is exactly 18" and it hauls........its mainly due to sitting on top the surface...............i'm convinced that this is what you need if there are no rules about a prop "in" the water.

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