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Hi Lesfac, Great looking boat can't wait to see it when it's finished! one question what kind of setup do you have? see I'm in the market for a twin screw tugboat and I love the way your boat turns on it's axes!
Hi figtree7nts, The reason it can pivot pretty much in its own length is because it is fitted with a bow thruster. In this case it's a Raboesch model The two main motors are Emax BL4030 brushless motors running with Hobbyking 90 amp escs. I power these with two 5 cell lipos batteries in parallel. The Raboesch bow thruster has a brushed motor rated at 7.2 volts and this runs through an esc for brushed motors. (I was lucky to have one ready after I converted one of my boats to a brushless motor). I power the bow thruster with a 7.2 volts nimh battery pack again left over after going to brushless and lipo batteries. Les
Hi Les, fantastic job on your lifeboat! I'm thinking I'd like to build a pilot boat, maybe the one from aeronaut. as long as the model is made of plastic I'm good anything else and I'm lost! hope you don't mind but I think I'll put a bow thruster in mine also.
Hi Mark. To be honest, I don't know. The company I work has supplied the resin and the fibreglass cloth. They told me that is the best one for what I need, so I believe at they said. I will try to find out what is the weight cloth and let you know!
Finished my first boiler with home made engine and reversing valve small leak on main steam valve still to cure but other than that all is well. Am I a happy bunny! just got to fit it in boat and its off to the pond Roger
Great job, what I wouldn't give to put in a steam engine in Serenity!
Toby Tug (previously a seaport workboat) - Posted: 2 years ago by EricMB
Crane story part 3! Now that the jib raised and lowered, I had to tackle rotating the turret. I canibilsed a radar setup I'd made (again from helicopter parts after a crash!) to rotate the turret. Video of the radar motor in operation shown.
Toby Tug (previously a Seaport Workboat) - Posted: 2 years ago by EricMB
Here's a video of the crane in operation on the lake
Hi there, yes I replaced the motor with a 345 ekectronize but it was too powerful for the boat (too big a bow wave!) and gave too much interference on the speaker with the engine sounds, so I reverted to the original setup. It pulled the tanker (and stricken tug!) ok..
This is a video of my little Toby Tug (a seaport workboat in a previous life) very generously given to me by Bob Hutton from Stourbridge Model Boat club. It's shown at Bournville Tug Day yesterday (5th June 2016) on a Tug Tow of a 10 ft tanker - two small tugs giving it a try, when calamity - the front Tug got swamped by another (not very well-behaved) passerby and capsized - leaving Toby to pull both boats back to shore.. Enjoy!
I'm assuming this is going to be a twin screw, Right! if it is this boat is going to have a lot of power! oh, you can ask about the RE-540 MFA on the forum, the guys on the forum have a lot of knowledge! and they can help you decide how to outfit your boat. good luck!