Hi nutrunner I used to live on the Wirral and there are several clubs nearby. There is one at E Port, they used to sail in the top lock basin on Sunday mornings. New Brighton has a club as does Hoylake, at the Lifeboat station and West Kirby in the park. Runcorn also has a club. E port cover a fairly wide area so not sure which of the above might be nearest. All have friendly members who will help you with your new venture. Dave
Hi Paul. I will certainly video the maiden voyage, I'm just waiting for the lake conditions to improve. Thanks for the good advice as always. BTW. I like your 'noisy fireboat', sounds really good, those transducers are very effective 👍 Best. Rob.
Hi Dave. Glad to hear that you enjoyed my blog. I may be doing another one quite soon, all a bit 'hush hush' at the moment and too early to say much about it 😉. Meanwhile I need to get this one in the water, just as soon as the lake fills up and the weed dies down 😡 Robbob.
If it's of any consolation Andy, I did exactly the same thing 2 weeks ago at our (Worcester Model Boat Club) lake. I spent all week getting two models ready for sailing. Get to the lake, and .......... no Transmitter 😲 Oh dear me (or words somewhat similar in gist) 😊
I have been into model boating since I was 9 (1959) ans still enjoy it. I moved up to Heywood in 1991 and lived there for 2 years and as I had nowhere to do things there and take model boats to use them, I left them down in my Greenwich flat. used to see people fishing in Queens Park so I thought I cannot use a model boat on there. So I went there fishing instead and also went out to Pilsbury and fished there. I was living in a house in Wild Street Heywood with my Ex wife. (yes EX). We were just getting back together. I only wish I had known there was a model boat club that I could have gone to. I had seen there was a pond/lake in the grounds of Mutual Mill as this was just at the end of Wild Street. I once asked a man at the gates of Mutual is I was allowed to fish in there and he said no it's private. I have since seen in the angling papers where they have had fishing days there. And also since joining this site I have seen it is also used for model boating. OH what a bummer, that was 2 years of using my model boats wasted 😭. We eventually moved down to Greenwich and she now rents the Heywood house out. And I go using my model boats down here now and also use them in the boatyard in Potter Heigham when we go up to Norfolk to my river boat up there.😊
Hi, very nice model and can sympathise with you on the handling situation. I to had the same problem when i built HMS Fearless at 8'-6" long and weighing 12 stone, soon made a launch trolly and a road trailer to carry it all in. From the time i arrive at the lake it is 18 mins. to launch on my own and do not have to touch it with the same on retrieving it. If you click on HMS Fearless you will see it at the launch day.. good luck with your transport.
Absolutely right! 👍 Internal Combustion; banned due to noise and oil / fuel pollution. Mainly the latter. Big electrics are also fast and dangerous. On the lake near me in Munich I have seen more than one completely destroy a scale boat by collision. 🤔 Cheers Doug
Hi Paul As I already have the Action sound unit (Whitby lifeboat engine sound, my model) and a 20w amp I sourced some resonators from Holland www.soundimports.eu/. They were out of stock for the initial order so I bought two lower power exciters to see what they were like. Attached to the back deck of my Trent and plenty of volume but the vibration was very visible. I have now received some 24Watt (Dayton Audio DAEX25FHE-4 Framed High Efficiency 25mm Exciter 24W 4 Ohm) similar to yours and they are attached to the hull sides above the waterline and sound great on the bench. Will be trying on our lake as soon as the weather improves but should be as good as the big 8" speaker I was using and several pounds lighter so the model will sit correctly on the waterline. Thanks for sharing this sound medium Mine are attached by 3M VHB (Very High Bond) adhesive so I am hoping if I need to move or replace I can buy some glue to re-attach Dave
I sailed on Lindow Common from 1963 until about 1967/8. Most Saturdays there was a guy there with a Gannet powered boat that was similar to a Sea Queen, the radio was huge, about a 12inch cube on the floor with what seemed about an 8foot aerial. I had a sea scout with a super fury, but no radio, just a touch of rudder and let it go,and go it did!! I think the whole lake was lined with timber and it seemed huge but when I called in there a couple of years ago it seemed much smaller than I remember. I to progressed to single channel bang bang steering with a number of boats that were really a bit too quick for this type of basic radio, the first had the transmitter housed in an OXO box and the receiver in a soap box. Happy days
South Bavaria Scale Model Boat Builders is open for all to join. If you want to join, please feel free to add yourself as a sailor at any time. No need for my permission. This is an international informal new group composed of scratch-built and kit-built RC boat builders based in the Southern German alpine region. 1 hour south of Munich, 45 minutes from Innsbruck, Austria. Crystal clear water ponds and clean lakes around. Welcoming any kind of boat builder of any language, age, shape or color. Just a passion for the hobby is required.
Permission to come aboard Sir? The lakes you mention I have all visited over the last 30 years based here in Munich 👍 A bit risky, and very deep!, for some of my more fragile vessels 🤔 Hope you don't mind warships! Cheers Doug 😎
An international informal newly formed group of scratch-built and kit-built RC boat builders based in the Southern German alpine region. 1 hour south of Munich, 45 minutes from Innsbruck, Austria. Crystal clear water ponds and clean lakes around. Welcoming any kind of boat builder of any age. Just a passion for the hobby is required.
Nice setting. I see you use pond yacht type hulls. We have to in the summer due to floating weed in our lake. Is this a kit or scratch built? Certainly looks fun and I see you are training the mate for his masters ticket!