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Nov 03, 2011, 05:52 PM
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From whom can we rent a pool to run boats?

We're looking for a company that rents pools large enough to run electric boats on at the 2012 WRAM Show which will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Feb 2012. Any assistance would be sincerely appreciated.
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Nov 03, 2011, 06:28 PM
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There was a very big one that ran rc boats in it at the NY boat show last year. Dont know of the company.
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Nov 03, 2011, 07:01 PM
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Speedboats or scale boats? That will certainly affect the size of the pool.

Maybe you should look to rent a skating rink.

Our club has a portable pool that we use for events-- it is basically assembled like a skating rink-- 2x10s bolted together and then a large liner (tarp) is laid into the frame and filled with water.

Here's a picture of the pond in action at the 2006 Salem Maritime Festival. (We do this every year.)

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Nov 03, 2011, 07:12 PM
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LOU- You might want to look into the way they set up the pool in the old MARC show down in Timonium, MD. They use cement blocks, two high around the outside with a tarp liner. You will however have top have a pump of some type to empty it out. Two cement blocks high will net you about 14 inches of water. Plenty of water for the model boats sans the sail boats and subs.
Good Luck on the search for the pool. Rich Koll (frankg)

Nov 03, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Hey LOU- Do you think we could make a movie about this along the lines of , “BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME”. Might make a little money for the club on the side. HO!! It will only work if we can get GAR WOOD came out of the fields.
Nov 03, 2011, 07:19 PM
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Why didnt I think of that. Use ply and 2x4 bracing. The tarps we used to get to cover our pool were 60'x40' so that is a decent pool.
Nov 03, 2011, 07:36 PM
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Correction-- Our pool is not built with 2x10s, but with 3/4 inch plywood-- the pieces are 4 feet long and about 12 inches high. The are bolted into metal frames that we bought from an ice rink supplier long ago.

Here's another design-- an all-wood idea:

If you google backyard ice rinks, you'll get all sorts of leads....
Nov 03, 2011, 09:45 PM
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Our club is trying to sell off it's portable pool. We just don't use it any more, and the price would reflect that! I looked through all the photos I have on file and I don't have a good one handy.
The pool is 20' x 40' and just under a foot deep. The frame sections are built from 2x12 timber (yes, they are a bit heavy). Some light ply and pink foam, about 18" tall, rests inside the frame to keep the sloshing waves from escaping. A custom built pool liner fits inside the frame. The liner was professionally fabricated by a local pool/spa installer and has square, welded corners. The liners' color is blue and white speckles. And the whole thing comes on it's own single axle trailer!
If you, or your club, are interested in obtaining this unit, please contact me ASAP! We had made a decision at our last club meeting that since there appeared to be very little local interest were were going to break up the entire setup so we wouldn't be charged another year of storage. I don't believe anything has moved yet, but time is running out!

Nov 03, 2011, 10:46 PM
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Temp. pool,

Talk to a company that does Hazmat, Emergency Services. The double tube type pools are almost 24 inches high, you fill them to no more than partway up the second tube. A "double size", pool is large enough to run most RC boats. The problem with them is that care must be used, not to puncture the tubes. Unlike a hard side pool, that just leaks, if the tubes fail, you are going to have a LOT of water were you don't want it. They have been used for shows several times on the West Coast, BUT, we have always used them outside. At the end of the show, we have just dumped them into the street, or bay. With a preapproved plan, and permit, by the Fire Dept., and the Venue we were at. CaptCB
Nov 04, 2011, 05:40 AM
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First thing to check if making one is - how big of a tarp/pool liner can you get?
Then - will it stand up to re-use? Most pool liners assume that it will be installed and left, any warranty would be voided as soon as it was packed up for storage.
Next - Who is going to look after the parts between shows? A pool in component form can be big.
Nov 04, 2011, 06:58 AM
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The pool the Wisconsin Maritime Museum sets up for us is ply backed with 2x2 & 2x4. The sides have gussets for support and cables run under the liner to prevent spreading. The liner is a tarp from Menards. Size of the pool is approx 20' x 30'x 12". Our original pool liner was Visqueen vapor barrier we bought in rolls from a local concrete company. Doing mall shows we couldn't risk leaks so we went to a commercially made liner ss boater_dave said above.

As far a renting a pool talk to an above ground pool store and see if they would set up a demonstrator in exchange for putting an ad on the side. Clear any advertising deal with the show organizers first.
Nov 04, 2011, 09:15 AM
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Lou nice to see you on here, looking forward to February.
Try Gary at Cabin Fever I know that he has 2.
He setup a good size one every year and one year he did a 2nd for me.
I’ll give you a call.

John Gill
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Nov 11, 2011, 07:41 AM
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Thanks to all of you, and John Gill in particular, for your suggestions and offers. We've made a connection for a 20' x 40' pool. Whether or
not we will install it at the 2012 Show is dependent on cost and space availability. We'll keep you informed.

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