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    Default Proboat Harbor Tug with Recovery Arms

    ProBoat has a new 30-inch tug that comes with retrieval/recovery arms. I've been using my Southampton Tug for retrieval, and I like that the arms on this tug are engineered into the design.

    https://www.horizonhobby.com/product...Ue4D5Q7Zeq4w5A
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    Good idea for them to include the recovery arms as an integrated option. I might buy one if they prove to be more powerful than my current rescue boat.

    $50 for the optional water pump is a little steep.
    Vac-U-Tug Jr (13mph)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fweasel View Post
    $50 for the optional water pump is a little steep.
    Ouch. Agreed.
    Revolt 30, River Jet, Southampton Tug, Outcast 6S BLX, 8ight-E, Ten-SCBE, 22 2.0.
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    i LOVE THE BOAT BUT NOT FOR 500.00. OUCH...
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    I thought long & hard about this. I even almost "pulled the trigger". But, I think I've decided to stick with my current collection of 3 'part-time' rescue boats (ProBoat Shockwave w/ much lower kV motor & PVC tube rescue platform, TFL Jet Boat, and my just-acquired Tenshock Mini Eco), as all three can be used as 'rescue' boats, as well as for 'pure enjoyment'.


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    Default For my Recovery boat for my BJ42..

    I went with the Feilun FT011 65CM 2.4G Brushless RC Boat High Speed Racing Model With Water Cooling System , plus it has a nose guard where I can hook on my recovery system that I have in mind...
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    Just got my tug. Things cool. Drove it in the pool real quick. Reverse is useless hardly moves just cavitation. This is my first tug i dont know how well reverse should work.

    Also the manual is wrong its says ec5 connection and it has a ic3

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhurlbert View Post
    Just got my tug. Things cool. Drove it in the pool real quick. Reverse is useless hardly moves just cavitation. This is my first tug i dont know how well reverse should work.

    Also the manual is wrong its says ec5 connection and it has a ic3
    Were the rescue arms attached while trying reverse? Just wondering if maybe they affected the waterline and kept the prop from running deep enough.
    Vac-U-Tug Jr (13mph)

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    No they were not

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    So i am using a 4500mah 3s pack. I moved it from the factory location to back by the servo and much better in reverse. With the recovery arms it will probably act different too so i guess i just need to play with the balance

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    Does anyone have realistic (by "realistic", I mean, "not goofy Horizon Hobby quality) running video of theirs?


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    For efficient use of the recovery arm you need excellent view and drive precisely. Some friends have FPV-cameras installed on their rescue boats. Otherwise pushing only works well short distance.
    Including the recovery arm into the design is nice though.

    I use a standard jet boat for recovery. It has a tow line with some floats and a hook made from florist wire in the end and that really works well based on keeping the whole thing simple.
    For having fun the jet boat runs on 3s, for rescue it runs on 2s and it has worked out for up to 2m power boats already.
    A friend uses such a system:
    https://www.hydromarine.de/Zubehoer/...r:::3_118.html
    You can turn a boat around with it but you have to hit it right.

    Usually it is quicker to use my jet boat as hitting the capsized boat right usually takes longer as it needs precise driving... and you can get a tow-line almost for free, just look what you have lying around at home
    Protect the jet inlet and you are done using a boat that can additionally be fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhurlbert View Post
    pretty cool
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    Default Working on my recovery system for my BlackJack 42..

    Just need to go grab some more 1/2''PVC pipe and some pool noodles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UpliFT-RC View Post
    Just need to go grab some more 1/2''PVC pipe and some pool noodles.
    I'm trying to figure out "why" the offset rescue platform. With ALL other rescue platforms I've seen they are ALWAYS centered to the boat pushing. I would think that having an offset platform like that could cause problems with steering. Combined with the rudder also being offset, and those steering problems cound be compounded.

    When I first converted my ProBoat Shockwave to being my primary rescue boat, one of the first things I discovered was that having that off-center rudder caused SERIOUS steering problems. The boat, on its own, could steer left & right fairly equally-well. When pushing the platform without a rescued boat, while I could easily turn right, turning left was a bit more difficult (the 'left' turning radius was 2-3x the the 'right' turning radius). And then, when pushing a rescued boat, turning left was COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE...I could go straight, and I could turn right, but I could NOT turn left AT ALL.

    However, after adding a second rudder, perfectly spaced to the left of the prop ('left' & 'right' rudders are PERFECTLY upright, and PERFECTLY spaced to the left & right of the prop), I am now able to turn equally-well to the left & right. Granted, the turning radius is still lessened when pushing a rescued boat (compared to driving the boat without the platform, or driving the boat with an 'empty' platform)...but, I am, at leasdt, able to turn EQUALLY in either direction. It's been a while, but here's the dual-rudder conversion post, complete with a link to a short (approx. 10 seconds) video of the operational dual-rudder:
    https://forums.offshoreelectrics.com...57-Dual-Rudder

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    So i did my fist prop shaft service. The manual sucks. It says there is a 1.5mm set screw for the prop and there is not one and it says the jam nut is a 5.5mm and its a 7mm. The pictures in the manual make this process confusing it looks like they are removing the kort nozzle but they aren’t. I also ended up drilling a hole through the deck for easy access to the motor coupler
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    Got the water cannons going today. Cool feature. I am very happy with this boat even though it has a high price tag. I needed a good rescue boat

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    Just curious, but, does anyone have ANY spec info on the motor...specifically the length/diameter dimensions, the Turn-rating, and (if possible) the kV equivalency. Normally, I have no problem getting through to Horizon Hobby support, but something was seriously 'goofy' with their phone system yesterday, so speaking with anytime there was impossible.

    UPDATE: Never mind...I've decided to take my current rescue boat (ProBoat Shockwave) is a different direction, which will now include installing two 370-based water pumps (one for the motor cooling line to the other for the ESC cooling line). The rest of the info, I'll pay on the Shockwave section.


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    Last edited by Panther6834; 07-25-2021 at 04:49 AM.

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