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Back in 1962 when I was 10, I had a yellow plastic hydroplane powered by a Jetex Atom 35. It was manufactured by D Sebel of Erith, Kent. D.Sebel at that time were the manufacturers of Jetex.
The boat was 6 inches in length and reached a claimed speed of 20 MPH according to the makers.
The demise of Jetex came in the early 1970s though it restarted 30 years later for a short time but not with the high quality fuel of the original. Also available at this period of time were the Rapier Rocket motors. These later were discontinued due to legislation regarding them being declassified as a smoke generator and inclusion into the firework/explosive category.
However, there are still some Rapiers about, these being owned mainly by aircraft enthusiasts who have retained them for future use. Around 8 years ago I tried one in a small speedboat, built of balsa and approximately the same length as my Jetex boat when I had in 1962.
It worked quite well and I wonder if anyone else has tried out a similar project.
I had thought of building a small Bluebird K7 to use up some of the Rapier L1 and L2 motors I have .
Also is there anyone who has built a boat powered by EDF, (Electric Ducted Fan). Perhaps it could power a bigger model of Bluebird.
Yes I also had the jetex in a javelin my favourite plane it looped the loop several times and landed in the river so that was that. What a good idea putting in a boat.is anything on the market like that now?