50″ Mono – Genuine Everingham

Everingham

50″ Everingham Mono

We picked up two new bare hulls this past weekend. They are 50″ mono’s built by Garry Everingham out of Singleton NSW, Australia.
For a very reasonable $400 AUD, these hulls represent good value for money.

The hulls appear to be built very well using Gary’s own design and manufacturing process. The end result is one beautiful scale boat!

Be sure to check  back over the following weeks for a complete build log on the two hulls and of course some videos!

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Swordfish 300a Pro + ESC

Swordfish 300a Pro+

Swordfish 300a Pro+

Over the past couple of years we have had the pleasure of trying more than a couple dozen different Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) for electric RC boats. We have fried many, loved a few and not even bothered installing a few more.

For our latest builds we needed something top of the line with plenty of grunt to power our big heavy 45” Everingham hulls.   Searching for an economical yet reliable unit, the first name that came to mind was Swordfish!

To read our full review click on ‘Continue Reading’ below.

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45″ Thurgarcraft (Electric 12S)

Everingham 45" Hull

Everingham 45″ Hull

Over the last few weeks we have been busy assembling two new hulls here at RC Boat Builder! Not just any old hulls may I add, but scaled down versions of the Australian designed Everingham or Evo as some will call them here.

These hulls at 45″ are very common in the gas powered groups, tried and tested over many years. I’m not claiming we are the first to set them up electric but there certainly isn’t too many floating around!

A complete build log can be found by clicking ‘Continue Reading’ below!

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Fast Electric Race Day Lakeside 2014

We stumbled across a great video on YouTube tonight uploaded by a bloke named ‘joker rc’, the video contains footage of a Fast Electric Race Day at Lakeside in 2014.

A ton of great boats out there ripping it up, check it out below!

Electric Tug Boat with Control Deck!

Electric Tug Boat

Electric Tug Boat FPV

Over the past weekend we went out for a run at our local pond, ‘Norwest Lake’ situated in the heart of North / West Sydney, a stones throw from the Sydney Ice Arena or more famous Hillsong Church headquarters.

To our surprise on Sunday we came across a lovely old bloke who has been hard at work over past few months building up his electronic tug boat. However this is no ordinary setup, old mate has spent months leveraging his electronics knowledge to build a complete control deck for his setup!

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ to see this piece of work in action!

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Spektrum DX3C Radio

DX3C

Spektrum DX3C

They key to a perfect setup lies within your radio gear. A smooth and responsive radio will assist in gliding your boat through the water.

Here at RC Boat Builder we have played with a lot of different radio’s from the $25 HobbyKing specials all the way through to the $500 Spektrum DX4S.

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ below for our full review!

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36″ Silver Fox Catamaran (Assembly Instructions)

R2 Hobbies Silver Fox

R2 Hobbies Silver Fox

Summer is here in Australia, we are pretty lucky to have daylight from 6.30am until 9:00pm thanks to daylight savings!  This leaves us with plenty of time to hit the pond after work and on the weekends.

We have not posted an update in a little why so we thought we would upload some photos of our latest build.  We have not completed a full build log as this is the fourth catamaran we have assembled from the R2 Hobbies 36″ Silver Fox  hull.

For more photos click on ‘Continue Reading’ below!

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Get started with RC boats (Electric).

RC Boating

RC Boating

Getting started in the remote controlled boating hobby doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive, there are an array of entry level packages that come with absolutely everything you will need.

These are often a good way to gauge your interest in the hobby and see if you will enjoy it as much as we do. In my opinion your not wasting your money here, if you enjoy the hobby in the long run you will most likely get a kick out of running your very first boat well into the future.

To read our complete getting started guide click ‘Continue Reading’ below.

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31″ F1 Tunnel Boat (Assembly Instructions)

We have recently built four of these  30.5” F1 Tunnels from R2 Hobbies.  Whilst they are quite cheap to acquire, they do take a little bit of re-enforcing in order to build the strength required to power them using a 6S setup!

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SeaKing ESC 180 amp (T180) half throttle

T180-ESCWith summer just around the corner here in Australia, It’s time to get the boats back out of hibernation and serviced ready for another glorious RC boating season!

One of the big problems I experienced last summer was my old faithful Turnigy 180 amp speed controllers falling into protection / limp mode.  Basically this meant that the boat would not go beyond half throttle as the ESC was trying to protect itself from a perceived voltage drop/error from the lipo batteries.

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for an easy fix!

 

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36″ Twin Prop Catamaran (Assembly Instructions)

Twin Prop

Twin Prop

After recently completing the build of our carbon fibre genesis 900 single motor hull, we decided it was time to tackle a dual prop setup.  One thing we were not happy with the genesis hull was it’s stability at high speed and around corners.  Doing some research online we should a fairly cheap chinese hull that was of simular size and build quality to the TFL genesis but was much wider.

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ below to see the complete build log!

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First completed build log submitted!

The first build log has been published on the website this afternoon.  It details the journey of a TFL Genesis catamaran from a bare hull, all the way thru to a ready to run boat. Check out the photos and commentary here.

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We are also publishing two more builds this week, one a twin prop RC Boat Bitz Catamaran and the second a R2Hobbies F1 tunnel with a huge outboard!

If you are interesting in sharing your build and have photos and commentary ready to submit, get intouch with us today so we can share it!

Carbon Fibre Genesis 900 (Assembly Instructions)

TFL Genesis

TFL Genesis

My first RC boat was a fibre glass Genesis purchased from hobby king. These hulls come prebuilt and you simply drop in your own electronics such as a speed controller, motor, batteries and radio gear. Over the following weeks, I found myself on the hunt for more and more speed. In order to achieve my goals, I found myself completing modifications to the hull. These included upgrading the driveline, steering and battery mounts. After completing these mods successfully, I decided it was time to tackle my first scratch build of an RC boat.

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ below for the complete build log!

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RC Boat Clubs

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