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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > RC Boats in salt water
RC Boats in salt water
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(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 167
28th Aug 2017 03:56  
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My niece lives on Vancouver Island, B.C. on the waterfront. They wish to use RC boats with their two boys, but are not sure about introducing the boys into the hobby if it is done on salt water. They tried some toy rc boats but found they did not like salt water. I have been told the boats need to be washed in fresh water after use. What advice could I pass along to them?

(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 124
28th Aug 2017 08:16  
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Wash in fresh water with a bit of soap and lube the drive shaft.
WD40 spray around the prop and rudder.
For lube I use plumper silicon grease as it is water proof.

Dave M
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28th Aug 2017 09:19  
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Hi Grandpa
I agree with canabus, but toy boats may not have oiler points on the prop tube and to protect the shaft and bearings I suspect you would need to remove the shaft after each sail and run fresh water thro the prop tube to remove all the salt which will otherwise dry and crystalize. The salt crystals will then act similar to sandpaper and ruin the bearings, I know I speak from experience!😭
Once clean let the water drain then lube and spray as suggested.
I do hope the boys are able to enjoy their models

Live long and prosper

(Fleet Admiral!)

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28th Aug 2017 10:12  
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Hi Grandpa, further to Dave M, depending on the boats you choose, drill a small hole in the prop shaft, just before the inner bearing, this would allow a spray of WD40 type oil as a cleaner then a couple of drops of lub oil for the bearings. Like Dave said, flush with fresh water, salt water will ruin the prop shafts within days, if its left.

Etherow Model Boat Club
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Forum Posts: 167
28th Aug 2017 14:15  
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Thanks I have passed along your suggestions plus sent them a link to the Victoria Model Boat club or VSSS.