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The Aquacraft Rescue 17 Fireboat is a great looking boat that comes with the radio system. It offers fantastic details including working lights and a water cannon that actually works...

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Working lights and a water cannon

The Aquacraft Rescue 17 Fireboat is a great looking boat that comes with the radio system. It offers fantastic details including working lights and a water cannon that actually works. Nearly everything you need is in the box and pre-built. Just add a 3S 2200mAh lipo to power the boat and 8 AA batteries for the radio to complete the unit. It's a pretty large boat with a length of 38" which will make it easy to see on the water. The price is $449 available at Hobbico.

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Sep 26, 2016, 01:42 PM
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Matt Gunn's Avatar
They did a great job on that video!!
Sep 26, 2016, 02:52 PM
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They did a great job on that video!!
You mean the Resurrection, I saw that video back in Sept 2013. I have the boat, VERY pleased
Sep 26, 2016, 03:45 PM
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You mean the Resurrection, I saw that video back in Sept 2013. I have the boat, VERY pleased
Yep. Relaunch with the Tactic 2.4GHz transmitter. Most of their boats are getting this treatment.
Sep 26, 2016, 04:28 PM
One giant leap for slothkind
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I just can't get over that CGI fire...
Sep 26, 2016, 10:20 PM
Goneflying
with that water cannon might have to re-name it fire rescue "PP on the CC"
Sep 27, 2016, 07:14 AM
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Nothing new here, it was originally launched with the 2.4G Tactic Tx/Rx. Sold my 17 earlier this year.
Sep 27, 2016, 08:27 AM
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with that water cannon might have to re-name it fire rescue "pp on the cc"
lol!
Jan 22, 2017, 09:41 AM
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GamesOgre's Avatar
It's a nice looking boat. However...

Two of our group members have them, and both have had repeated ESC issues both in and out of warranty. It uses an ESC that controls both the pump and the main motor. I'd suggest new buyers be confident in replacing electronics with something more reliable once the ESC dies. There are plenty of better ESCs and receiver controlled switches, so these are doable replacements.

Otherwise, these are great boats. Have fun!
Jul 16, 2017, 11:47 AM
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I have this boat, very impressed with the detail and run time. No overheating issues, but after about 3 runs with the water pump it just would not get a prime. I used the technical notice and it pumped water for less than a second. Turns out that the plastic/brass drive bearing had gotten so hot that it melted and wouldn't drive the gears. I'm pretty sure the pump got a clog or something. I later replaced the pump with a windshield washer pump and now the boat shoots water at least 35 feet! It actually propels the boat. Had another issue where the boat gets leaks in the hull and I don't know if it's the cooling system or the water pump. Also, in the promotional video, they mention that the ESC is water-cooled. It is certainly not water-cooled! It is near the coolant pickup, but no water lines are running through it, or unless the cool water under the keel absorbs the heat, but all I know is that it is not water cooled. Overall, It is a great boat! Needs a lot of Corrosion-X though, I already had some corrosion on the light connectors.
Aug 07, 2017, 09:34 PM
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Has anyone modified the tactic transmitter to get the extra 2 channels to operate emergency lights, hour or siren? Any idea how to do it?
Dec 23, 2017, 02:01 PM
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I added a siren sound system and upgraded with a Tactic TTX660 6 channel transmitter for the extra channel needed for the siren on/off. I'm using the original ESC and 6 channel tactic TR625 receiver. I got everything working [including the forward/reverse throttle] except the throttle failsafe which goes to full throttle instead of shutting off. I will probably have to call and talk to one of Tower Hobbies' technicians next week, but in the meantime I decided to post here to see if anyone can help.

The TTX 660 failsafe instructions say in part: "If using an ESC : do NOT arm the ESC , or attempt to adjust the throttle's failsafe position if the ESC is armed." I am basically a newbie and dumb as a post when it comes to electronics. The failsafe worked with the original 4 channel transmitter, so I figure some setting on the new 6 channel TX is wrong. I have no idea what is meant by NOT arming the ESC. Surely it must have power for the receiver to function? Am I supposed to somehow bypass the ESC to get power to the receiver? Any help is appreciated.
Dec 23, 2017, 07:46 PM
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I think you need to unplug the esc from the reciever, plug in the bind plug and power up the reciever with a reciever pack, with the throttle in the center position then try to bind the radio to the reciever. Thats how I had to do it with a dx5e. Mine kept going full throttle foreward also in failsafe.
Bob
Dec 24, 2017, 08:24 AM
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Thanks. I have a 6.6 volt life battery I can plug into the receiver which is rated up to 6.0 volts. I hope that won't fry things. Might discharge it a bit to be safe and then try as you suggested.
Dec 24, 2017, 10:36 AM
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Robert----It worked!!!!! You are my new hero. I had prayed to all the RC gods, Santa, the elves and all to no good. Thanks again.


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