Current Website Support
You are Not Registered
Subscribe for your gold medal ๐Ÿ…
Less Ads
Ad Free
Until Cancelled
Donate for your silver medal ๐Ÿ…
Less Ads
Ad Free
12 Months
You Will Be Helping Towards:

  • Domain Fees
  • Security Certificates
  • iOS & Android App Fees
  • Website Hosting
  • Fast Servers
  • Data Backups
  • Upkeep & Maintenance
  • Administration Costs

    Without your support the website wouldn't be what it is today.

    Please consider donating towards these fees to help keep us afloat.

    Read more

    All donations are securely managed through PayPal. Amounts donated are not published online.

    Many thanks for your kind support
  • Join Us On Social Media!
    Download The App!

    Login to Remove Ads
    Model Boats Website
    Model Boats Website
    Build Blogs
    Media Gallery
    Boat Clubs & Lakes
    Boat Harbour
    How-To Articles
    Plans & Docs
    Useful Links

    Baby Bootlegger
    by peterd ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ( Warrant Officer)

    Boat Length
    36" (91.44 cm)
    Boat Weight
    2kg (71 oz)
    Motor Type
    Drive Type
    Battery Type
    Battery mAh
    5Ah (5,000 mAh)
    Prop Type
    3 Blade
    Prop Size
    Run Time
    1+ hrs
    6 months ago
    Boat is fitted with 2 x parallel 7.2v - 5000 mAh batteries and using a 12v brushed electric motor. It gets up on the plane using that configuration, however am contemplating upgrading the ESC and putting the batteries in series to fully utilize the 12v motor. In the meantime altering the battery forward a fraction to allow the brass 3 blade prop to get a better bite at the water when at speed.

    The build took me 8 months, mistakes were made as the whole thing was a learning process, but overall the end result in the water is impressive. It is 90% complete as I wait for some parts but nothing important.

    Coated in fibreglass resin followed by 3 coats of varnish.
    Construction largely balsa planks with a top of veneer strips (big mistake) done due to the non local availability of mahogany timbers.

    The normal racing number for the Baby Bootlegger is G5 - I numbered it G34 which is my race number with my yachts.

    A short video of my first day trial - in case the attached media file does not work: https://youtu.be/M1mMfLXkopc

    Next job, rebuild my flyer from scratch as it did not get past the framing stage, fix up another couple of rc yachts, pull the weeds out of the rose garden, and look at building another yacht.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Baby Bootlegger
    6 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
    Thanks for the update.
    Unfortunately, the video is marked as private
    Gotta love those V 12s๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    There is a replica of her in a bar on Manhasset Bay LI NY where she won the Dodge Memorial Gold Cup Race in 1925
    Great job especially being built from Scratch๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 25 Views
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Baby Bootlegger
    6 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Hi and thanks. Try the link https://youtu.be/M1mMfLXkopc and it should work. Just a very short video approx 8 seconds.

    Yes, designed by George Grouch back in the early 1920's. I downloaded free plans and took it from there. Plenty of videos on YouTube of new builds with the Rolls Royce v12 motors. A wonderful sound.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 39 Views
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Baby Bootlegger
    6 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
    Looks Great, wasn't able to access the video.
    I believe it was designed by George Crouch, the same fellow that designed the Typhoon.
    What was the kit?
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 32 Views
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Baby Bootlegger
    6 months ago by peterd ( Warrant Officer)
    Thank you. It is always a frustration being so near and yet so far. The day I first put it in it only had a 550 motor - would not get up on the plane at all. The 750? size made a huge difference.

    Looking forward to getting some fiddly things out of the way, repairing my Sea Commander (dropped out of a sling leaving a hole about an inch wide in the bow), fixing up a Compass 65 sail boat, and suchlike. A good way to fill in rainy days, of which there are many at the moment.
    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 61 Views
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Baby Bootlegger
    6 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
    Great job Peter, wondered what was happening with it, looks great and runs well !

    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ‘€ 56 Views

    ๐Ÿ‘ Like
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Comment
    ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Share

    About This Website
    Terms of Service
    Privacy Policy
    Cookies used in this website are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free. By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. More Info