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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 03:35 PM
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LOL I ordered that this morning before running out the door to work. It's already shipped (no pun intended!) After one hour cruising with my first r/c boat (a springer) i'm hooked but good. I just bought enough 1.5, 3, and 6mm ply for two boats. I'll be sure to log this build and I will publish the plans when its complete.

As this tug is for my wife we will have a design consultation soon to settle some details about the wheelhouse and color scheme.
Old Mar 17, 2011, 04:45 PM
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It seems to me that you want to make the drive system very complicated.
You can use a straight drive line at an angle. This is the same method that full size use.
I am building a class A hydro plane that has a flat bottom. These are normally powered with an out board. I am using a inboard drive with a dummy outboard.
Nice and simple
Old Mar 17, 2011, 05:03 PM
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Aren't those people riding IN THE MODEL right now ?
Old Mar 17, 2011, 06:45 PM
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LOL I ordered that this morning before running out the door to work. It's already shipped (no pun intended!) After one hour cruising with my first r/c boat (a springer) i'm hooked but good. I just bought enough 1.5, 3, and 6mm ply for two boats. I'll be sure to log this build and I will publish the plans when its complete.

As this tug is for my wife we will have a design consultation soon to settle some details about the wheelhouse and color scheme.
It's a nice little book.... lots of ideas for small cheap boats..
Old Mar 17, 2011, 07:27 PM
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It seems to me that you want to make the drive system very complicated.
You can use a straight drive line at an angle. This is the same method that full size use.
I am building a class A hydro plane that has a flat bottom. These are normally powered with an out board. I am using a inboard drive with a dummy outboard.
Nice and simple
being an airplane guy I have to ask, whats the effect of the down-thrust? does it even matter to the handling? and is my straight drive really complex? I just think a flat bottom seems too easy to build to really work well.. the box keel seems more of a midway between a real V-type hull and a flat bottom. AND it stands up on the shelf without a cradle.
Old Mar 17, 2011, 07:48 PM
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Neat looking design! I like your straight drive line approach- I think it would work very well for this boat. Flex-drive, which was suggested has one disadvantage in that it does not like to go in reverse all that well.
Old Mar 17, 2011, 08:07 PM
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Aerominded, it's usually not a good idea to put reverse in a go-fast boat, because the possibility exists that you may screw yourself to the bottom if you apply too much power---.

And yes, flex cables are spiral-wound in one direction, and applying reverse would unravel them and bind up in the shaft tube---.
Old Mar 18, 2011, 08:22 AM
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The down thrust has very little effect. If it did there would be a lot of full size boats in trouble. Almost all boats have a down trust unless they use and outboard, stern drive, or have a very deep hull. Just take a look at all the inboard sport boats.
I went this way in the hydro so I could put a larger and faster motor in. The original 3 point hydro's were set up this way, now most use surface props, but the shaft still has an angle to it.
Kap is right a flex drive dose not work well in a scale boat. In reverse the cable can unwind and can also pump water into the boat.
Of my 105 running boats I think that about 85% have the shafts at an angle.
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Old Mar 18, 2011, 12:17 PM
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You can do a music wire drive and it can reverse just fine. It won't handle as much flex as a cable wire drive but it does flex some.

Flat bottom would also lend itself to a jet drive very nicely. Many flat bottom boats are jets.
Old Mar 18, 2011, 12:57 PM
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Here is another option, this is the same company that I used for the Dipper 19 build using their plans. For $1.00 you can download the study plans or go to his website to see what else he has to offer. (http://store.devlinboat.com/godzilla...samerican.aspx ). Jerryj98501
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...flex cables are spiral-wound in one direction, and applying reverse would unravel them and bind up in the shaft tube---.
Exactly!

Music wire idea is a fine one... though I really like the solution shown in jlepinske's drawings.
Old Mar 20, 2011, 08:14 AM
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Okay so a few beers later I had the hull design completed, then I set to work on some ideas for the wheelhouse.
Old Mar 20, 2011, 08:39 AM
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I came up with three concepts for the wheelhouse, and let my wife choose the shape, smokestack, and color scheme. Since this is the first R/C hobby she has wanted to get into, I'm building this boat for her.
Old Mar 20, 2011, 08:44 AM
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And the chosen design..


I'll be adding portholes, but this is the basic idea.


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