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    Hey folks just wondering what your thoughts are regarding a rescue/retrieval boat for my Blackjack 29. Does this little hotrod have enough power to haul my BJ29 in with a line and tennis ball hook combo? It would be a bone stock Mini Rio with a 2000 mah Lipo 2S.(LVD alarm)
    Also considered the Rio with float and arms style setup for collecting BJ29.
    Thanks!
    Chris



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    IMO the Mini Rio is not a good candidate for the task mentioned above. It is too small and the little motor with the ESC/radio combo unit makes it hard to avoid issues with heat build-up and signal loss at a range that might exceed the system's capability.
    At $20 more, you will be better served with the RIO EP, the dual rudder turns the boat on a dime even at slow speed. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the ESC is non-water cooled, if you push too hard, it will fry. Also this boat is a ton of fun, so in no time you will want to make her run faster, as I did with a BL conversion, so now I am rescue-boat-less.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCSzhyfHF3w

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    How about you make one of these ? 0045.jpg
    There is a video of it doing it thing some where on hear.
    ? ONLY IF THEY WORK

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    Allyou have to do is run a line out to the dead boat and circle it once, then reel in the line, dead boat, and retrieve boat. The retrive boat doesnt have to push or pull. I just use a small zig zag forthat job

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    Great input guys thanks very much!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by tlandauer View Post
    IMO the Mini Rio is not a good candidate for the task mentioned above. It is too small and the little motor with the ESC/radio combo unit makes it hard to avoid issues with heat build-up and signal loss at a range that might exceed the system's capability.
    At $20 more, you will be better served with the RIO EP, the dual rudder turns the boat on a dime even at slow speed. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the ESC is non-water cooled, if you push too hard, it will fry. Also this boat is a ton of fun, so in no time you will want to make her run faster, as I did with a BL conversion, so now I am rescue-boat-less.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCSzhyfHF3w



    I use a Walmart boat for my small electric boats.

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    Inline rudder turns best for singly prop retrieving
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