Years ago we had a chap who joined the club I was a member of at the time he came to the lake with a fire boat no paint but with an ic engine. We were not allowed to run ic someone gave him a motor that was big enough to run it In the spirit of the club someone sticks a transmitter in his hand so he can have a go as some members would bring more than one model but he refuses the offer.
Turns up the following week with a coat of white paint all over, looked as though he had poured it out of the tin and spread it with a yard brush and a 540 type motor which after two or three minutes starts to slow down so he brings it in.
one of the members picks it up lifted the top off touched the motor and burnt his fingers and asks where the motor from last week is; answer I thought I would try this one to see how it went.
Following week same boat same motor 540 only held in by two two inch wood screws tell him as the motor is loose ( flapping up and down as the screws are not tight) it will rattle and pull off the universal coupling well if I tighten them up the screws will stick through the bottom of the boat someone offered him some shorter ones but no he puts the boat on the water off jumps the coupling six foot from the bank some members go to get the rowing boat to get it he keeps shouting it’s getting lower in the water when its lifted out he had took the pipe off from the water pickup for the ic motor which had been connected to the water outlet the week before.
Turns up the next week with a new glass fiber hull with holes drilled in it for the twin motors and rudders puts it in the water starts, getting some bricks off the side of the lake and puts them in the hull.
When asked what he was doing "I am ballasting it down to the water line" then takes the brick and stones out all wet by this time and asks how much does a brick weigh?
One member said well a dry brick weighs x but that one is wet been on the side of the lake for over fifty years take it home and weigh it "carnt do that we only have bathroom scales at home" it is explained to him that he would have to take off the weight of any battery, motor superstructure etc.
Following week turns up with a toy jet ski when told it will not work with the other boats being on the water but we will come off so he can have a go with it he could not wait.
Puts it on six foot out it stops gets the transmitter throws it on the floor shouting I have had no help whatsoever from this club yet two members had been to his house each week for around six weeks helping him to pick a set of plans from the club library working out what wood he needed offered to take him to the model shop which would have been the following week.
The member who was taking him to the model shop just said You know you can only help someone who wants to be helped