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Old June 22nd, 2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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I want to buy one for my dad's pond and Im looking at the Traxxas Spartan, and the Proboat Blackjack 29..defiantly want electric. I'm curious if anyone on here is into RC boats.
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Old June 22nd, 2015, 10:40 PM   #2
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I love rc stuff, but they all have that inherent problem of getting boring and unsued after the initial excitement wears off.

Can't wait till my Lily quad drone shows up!
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Old June 22nd, 2015, 10:56 PM   #3
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I love rc stuff, but they all have that inherent problem of getting boring and unsued after the initial excitement wears off.

Can't wait till my Lily quad drone shows up!
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I race 1:10 stock buggy, nitro truggy, and SC 2wheel mod and love those in the winter, once summer gets here they sit. I was thinking of getting him something to play with on the pond.


lucky dog....the lilly is sick...please post videos once you get it.
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 12:39 AM   #4
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I race 2wd mod buggy in the winter but I'll be getting a fiberglass 720mm boat off of nitrorcx.com later this month. It's $180 and only needs a radio and battery.
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I used to be into the boats a few years back, so my knowledge is pretty dated at this point.

However, I'd take something made by Proboat over a Traxxas boat for sure. When the Spartan's came out they were garbage, but I'm sure they have fixed all the issues they had by now.

One good thing about Traxxas though is their warranty. They will warranty any stupid thing you do to their products.
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 08:03 AM   #6
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My son has a traxxas blast his mom's boyfriend got him for christmas one year. It's slow, it takes on a lot of water, it has super long run times, it get's boring quickly driving around in circles on flat water.

I feel almost the same way about it as I do jetskis on smaller lakes, you just run around in circles on a flat piece of water all day. I'd rather ride one on a bigger lake or a chain of lakes where I can restaurant hop or something like a snowmobile.

If it was faster it might be more fun.
When the wind kicks up a little and there is some chop it's more fun.
When their is some boat traffic and some bigger waves it's more fun.

His boat has been very reliable, has long run times, and he has fun with it for 2 or 3 batteries.
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 10:07 PM   #7
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recommend gas powered, batteries take forever to charge, nitro is expensive.

gas is cheap.
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Old June 24th, 2015, 10:11 AM   #8
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I have built both nitro and battery boats. I have not yet built a gasser.

The boat you pick greatly depends on the size pond you have. If the boat does 50-60 mph it requires more lake to have fun.

I like Aquacraft sv27. A vhaul is a great beginner boat that will get on plain with ease. The box says RTR but it requires a bit of haul sealing before putting it in the water. I call this the bath tub test. I lie the 25-30 inch boats because its easy to throw in the trunk of your car and carry it to the lake.

I like electric over nitro because brushless motors and lipos are easy to use with continuous performance. Very low maintenance.


This was my first boat it was a nitro. I converted it to brushless.



I still have it but the haul need some work.

Traxxas boat is nice but Traxxas warranty and support is ok at best.

I learned everything I know from www.offshoreelectrics.com

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Old June 24th, 2015, 10:03 PM   #9
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I had a Pro-Boat Impulse 26, it was fun. Ran it on a 2s 5000mah LiPo, the run time was around ten minutes. I picked up a few batteries from Value hobby for a pretty good price this way I could charge and run at the same time almost non stop at about 15 to 20 mph.

The biggest problem is when the boat flipped you had to go get it, Pro-boat makes a few models that are self righting. I would look into one of these if you can only drive it from shore. Obviously look for a brushless set up with a LiPo compatible ESC for the best performance.

As far as the Traxxas Spartan, some of the early models had some cooling issues, i'm sure this has been addressed by now....just a heads up.


I race a ton in the winter as well, I run 1/10 stock and mod buggy at Dirtburners and RC Clubhouse all the time. Looking to preorder the new SC10 mid motor short course truck this weekend.
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I have the Spartan with Lipo and I like it. Very fast and pretty reliable.
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traxxas blast here...got it from my sister in law when she kicked her husband out.... his loss ,......both wife AND toys.
anyway, a friend upped the motor to a hot model out of one of his race cars and then upgraded the controller and switched to lipo batteries..............it was all free so it was worth it. I am pretty much bored with it and keep it only because I have a large garage.
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Blackjack comes with no trim tabs, the shockwave is better.

The Spartan and heat issues, they can be solved with a aftermarket water jacket, and the hull is not so durable.

I like my shockwave, but the electronics liked to eat batteries, I run a castle hydra, and a Spartan motor with an offshore electrics jacket, whole thing on 4s does 70+.

That being said.... aquacraft revolt is an awesome out of the box boat, not stupid fast, bright colors, decent electronics, handles good, and a decent price
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I was looking for vids of the Traxxas, fell into a Youtube wormhole in which I transitioned to RC jets, and then just ended up watching an awesome 45 minute documentary of the F-22 Raptor. Thanks GL4x4!
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Best boat is one that is custom built.
My opinion these are some of the best hulls on the market.

http://fightercatracing.com/index.ph...d=13&Itemid=97

This is a friend of mine and his boats are sick ! Extremely fast.

http://fightercat57.freeforums.org/k...read-t662.html

http://fightercat57.freeforums.org/t...boat-t901.html

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I had a Pro-Boat Impulse 26, it was fun. Ran it on a 2s 5000mah LiPo, the run time was around ten minutes. I picked up a few batteries from Value hobby for a pretty good price this way I could charge and run at the same time almost non stop at about 15 to 20 mph.

The biggest problem is when the boat flipped you had to go get it, Pro-boat makes a few models that are self righting. I would look into one of these if you can only drive it from shore. Obviously look for a brushless set up with a LiPo compatible ESC for the best performance.

As far as the Traxxas Spartan, some of the early models had some cooling issues, i'm sure this has been addressed by now....just a heads up.


I race a ton in the winter as well, I run 1/10 stock and mod buggy at Dirtburners and RC Clubhouse all the time. Looking to preorder the new SC10 mid motor short course truck this weekend.
I ended up getting the Pro boat Blackjack 29V3...fast as crap! wow. so much fun.

I have been out of the SC racing for a few months, I didnt know that they SC10 was coming out MM. I run my 22SCT2.0 MM, b5M, and a Durango DEST in MM...fun stuff in MM setup.
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