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loggyboy

posted on 12/2/18 at 01:30 PM Reply With Quote
Locost Boat

If i lived near water I would so get one of these!!

http://rapidwhale.com/mini-boat.php



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nick205

posted on 12/2/18 at 02:07 PM Reply With Quote
I think I'd get one too!
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Sam_68

posted on 12/2/18 at 02:10 PM Reply With Quote
That does look like fun - I think I'd be wanting something a bit bigger, though, living next to the North Sea!

I've been building laser cut balsa aircraft models, lately, though, and it does show the potential for scaling the technology up to full-size laser/water-jet cut plywood for all sorts of big boy's toys.

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theconrodkid

posted on 12/2/18 at 04:16 PM Reply With Quote
imagine turning up in a mini battlship





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nick205

posted on 12/2/18 at 04:37 PM Reply With Quote
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imagine turning up in a mini battlship


I'm liking your thinking

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Shooter63

posted on 12/2/18 at 07:24 PM Reply With Quote
Looks great to me might need a bigger engine to pep it up a bit, years ago I used to be involved in hydroplane racing, basically just a bit of plywood with a sodding great outboard slapped on the back, good fun but bloody dangerous

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Sam_68

posted on 12/2/18 at 07:32 PM Reply With Quote
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...years ago I used to be involved in hydroplane racing, basically just a bit of plywood with a sodding great outboard slapped on the back, good fun but bloody dangerous.


Ooh, me too! There's a coincidence - there can't be many of us around?

Where did you used to race and what class? I helped out with an Imp-engined R1 class inboard (sadly, the inboard classes are now totally defunct in the UK).

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ken555

posted on 12/2/18 at 08:22 PM Reply With Quote


I remember visiting Peasholm Park, Scarborough as a kid.

Glad to see it's still there.

Full naval battle, with little human controlled boats.






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David Jenkins

posted on 12/2/18 at 09:33 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Shooter63
Looks great to me might need a bigger engine to pep it up a bit, years ago I used to be involved in hydroplane racing, basically just a bit of plywood with a sodding great outboard slapped on the back, good fun but bloody dangerous

Shooter


I watched some of them once - as you say, a tiny ply platform with the 'driver' kneeling on top. ridiculous speed, incredible cornering, and quite few spills. Insane!





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Sam_68

posted on 12/2/18 at 10:58 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by David Jenkins
quote:
Originally posted by Shooter63
Looks great to me might need a bigger engine to pep it up a bit, years ago I used to be involved in hydroplane racing, basically just a bit of plywood with a sodding great outboard slapped on the back, good fun but bloody dangerous

Shooter


I watched some of them once - as you say, a tiny ply platform with the 'driver' kneeling on top. ridiculous speed, incredible cornering, and quite few spills. Insane!


The 'cabover' outboards (driver laying prone) are definitely the most nuts. In extremis, the entire hull can be out of the water with the whole thing just riding on the hub of the prop. 'Flying' in ground effect, basically, and balanced on the cusp of taking off and somersaulting.

The inboards were quite tame, in comparison (1 litre Imp engine, and we were getting just over 100mph) and spend at least most of their time in contact with the water.

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Bluemoon

posted on 13/2/18 at 02:15 PM Reply With Quote


1936....

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David Jenkins

posted on 13/2/18 at 04:58 PM Reply With Quote
There was a program on the telly ages ago, where the presenter (Jeremy Clarkson?) went in a 2-seater F1-style hydroplane at full speed. Rattled around, scared, terrified even - it cheered me up no end!

Found it:


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rf900rush

posted on 13/2/18 at 10:01 PM Reply With Quote
Love to try a drive in a cat.

Currently collecting parts to build a jet ski powered mini speedboat, based on the Glen-l squirt boat plans.

like this one


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alistairolsen

posted on 14/2/18 at 10:13 AM Reply With Quote
I really fancy building one of the small plywood hydroplanes, only like ~25hp or similar. Sadly the conditions to use them are rare on open water





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Sam_68

posted on 14/2/18 at 11:49 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by alistairolsen
I really fancy building one of the small plywood hydroplanes, only like ~25hp or similar. Sadly the conditions to use them are rare on open water


I've got a set of plans somewhere, if anyone is interested.

I don't think you'd be too impressed with the grip in the wet, though, Alistair.

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