[Score: 8/10] 32"/2200g Laurel ll Capable of 5mph and a runtime of 120mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a Mabuchi 555 (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Viper 10 / Mtroniks (5Amps) ESC - Comments: Stood on a shelf for a number of years before purchase, planking dried out & sprung at the bow, leaking along both sides. Repaired & equipped with new motor & electrics over the winter.
[Score: 8/10] 36"/11800g Dutch River Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 120mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 60mm) Direct Drive to a Mabuchi 555 (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Viper 15 / Mtroniks (10Amps) ESC - Comments: No bow thruster fitted, with tanksteer & twin rudders she spins on her own axis.
She is lit, full set of Nav lights, plus a set of 3 towing lamps either side of the mast, 2 spots lighting the rear deck, bridge lights & partial lighting in the lower cabins. There are other lights to add yet, i.e. search lights on the bridge roof, foredeck spotlamp And 3 lamps around the superstructure above doors. Last month she won our clubs 'Torchlight Regatta' trophy, was well chuffed. 😀
If buying from Hobby King, use the EU warehouse, there should be no import duties to pay, as it is "Free Trade" between EU member countries, The cost of postage is also cheaper than the UK warehouse, if you choose std post. I have never had to pay import charges & VAT is added at the checkout, so you know exactly what the total cost is, it's also in GBP, so no currency charges either.
According to this site :- http://puffersandvics.org/history.htm they were just called 'large buckets' & judging by the photos, they were approx 4' 6" dia. at the top, tapering slightly toward the bottom, by about 3' 6" deep. That's as much as I can find.
"I hope this really works, because the way she sits in the water her lowest rub rail is partially in the way! well anyway I'll post some pics if I'm successful." I really hope you are talking about the boat & not the wife 😊
A few in our club swear by the 'Spektrum DX6', I use a 'FlySky FS T6', it seems solid enough & it has quite a range of settings to play with, plus you don't need a computer link to set it up. Only annoying feature is, it bleeps at you after 2 minutes if you don't waggle a stick. Bonus point is, cheap recievers from a firm called 'Gearbest', you can buy online.