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    Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
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    Bryan-the-pirate
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    Hi Dave and Colin, Yes I wonder if the prop was the reason this well made boat was stuck so long in the loft. I had her well ballasted so cavitation isn't the problem.

    I agree the hull shape does block a lot of the propeller but I'm going to replace it with a nice brass one I have knocking about .
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    Shiver my Timbers and Splice the mainbrace
    dave976
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    Hi Bryan
    I did tell you the supplied prop was useless. The shape of the hull shields most of the prop so you will need a good coarse pitch brass prop to make any headway.
    Back in the day I could not afford such a prop and resorted to cutting a slot above the propeller and fitting a bigger prop. This required a 2.5:1 reduction to the shaft from the motor as the Battery (wet cell motorcycle lead acid) was being flattened too quickly. When I restore my model I think I will rework the hull to allow a better flow to the prop. It was my first model and I could have misread the plan and certainly did not have the knowledge or help at the time.
    Happy days and hope you find a solution - there are decent props about at reasonable prices.
    Cheers
    Dave
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    Colin H
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    Bryan, what power were you using, and did you have enough ballast to keep the prop well down or were you getting cavitation.
    A picture or 2 would help.
    Cheers Colin.
    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
    Bryan-the-pirate
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    Well I took the vessel to the canal today and all systems worked but as suggested earlier the propeller is awful and wind powered the boat as much as the propeller did.
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    Bryan-the-pirate
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    ok that's two inches wide not deep lol

    tests in my white dry dock facility (the bath) have confirmed the repair was effective. directly connecting the battery to the motor has confirmed that the motor works too.

    just got to try the old speed controller add a servo if it works and the receiver and she should be ready for sea trials
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    RNinMunich
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    WOW! Gonna take you a while to sand away two inches of epoxy Bryan๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    Sounds like a fix though ๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.๐Ÿ˜Š Cheers Doug
    Colin H
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    Bryan, sounds like your on the right track, is there any way that you could pour resin into your Hull and tilt it around to coat the whole of the inside.
    That would ensure that you are water tight.
    Happy New year shipmate, cheers Colin.
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    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
    Bryan-the-pirate
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    Good news the leak is a single separation between planks approx 10 inches long but the only one. I mixed a batch of epoxy and ran it into the gap. covering it to an inch each side. I've just done it and leaving it to dry.
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    Bryan-the-pirate
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    I'm waiting a few days to ensure the wood is dry before doing the repair
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    Griss
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    Good advise on the multi-meter๐Ÿ‘
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