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Thread: boat electrics
23/07/2020 22:41:28

Thanks for that Dave,

Many thanks for the diagram, a great help to a novice boat electrician!

Best wishes


23/07/2020 20:53:13

I`m just starting to fit the electrics in the boat and have a couple of questions I wonder if someone may have the answer to.

Firstly, my ESC will be sitting quite close to the motor and I wondered if it might suffer from any interferece from the motor even though the motor will have three suppressors.

Secondly, I need to extend the ribbon lead from the ESC to the receiver. Does it matter that the two leads have differing coloured wires?the lead from the ESC is orange ,red and black and the extension lead is red, white and black. Does it change any signal sent?

If either of these things are a problem then I`ll look at alternative set ups.

Many thanks,


Thread: Returning modeller
09/07/2020 14:58:52

Hi Dave,

Reading your last message matches what I had intended doing.

The nearest model boat club for me is Basingstoke ( about 10 miles ). I also live about 2 miles from the Basingstoke canal, which is where I`ve sailed the tug. I intend to see what is occuring with the boat club during the present situation and will go from there.

I`m pretty certain mistakes will happen and things will end up in the spares box!

I`ve settled on a Vapex 9.6v 5000mah battery and suitable charger from Component shop and a Viper Mtroniks Auto Sport 20 speed controller from Cornwall model boats. How this all matches up, time will tell but I`ve taken the plunge.

Testing will be done as you rightly pointed out long before It`s tried outside.

Fun will be had. I enjoy making the models as much as running them so look forward to when things are completed.


09/07/2020 10:28:28

Hi Dave,

Thankyou , more information to take on board. I have to say, there have been a lot more changes in the model boat world than I realised since I last dabbled , especially on the power and electrical side and I`m grateful for all the help.

Many thanks,


08/07/2020 21:45:53

Hi Malcolm, thank you for your reply.

That`s another bit of information that was new to me.


08/07/2020 11:13:10

Ashley and Dave M, apologies for not replying sooner.

The connectors I was referring to were the ones on the ends of servos and speed controllers etc. I have a Traxxas speed controller on the tug connecting with an Acoms rudder servo and they are a fit. Obviously Futaba make a slightly different connector which aren`t compatible. I n my ignorance I first thought that they were all the same style.

Dave M, I read through your article on Model Boat electrics and I too found it very useful, so many thanks for that.

Thank you gents for your continued help,


06/07/2020 15:24:18

Hi Dave, many thanks for your reply.

I was looking through the Component Shop website before my last post and then posting my list.

Not sure , but I think the speed controller was the brushed type but I`ll check. When it`s time to buy, I would certainly put forward my thinking and listen to any other suggestions they might give me.

Thank you for the info on the Futaba. I`d seen mention of other connectors, eg Tamiya, so just wondered.

Can`t think of anything else to ask at the moment.


06/07/2020 13:43:16

Hi all, further to my earlier first post , I`ve been looking at various batteries, speed controllers, battery chargers etc.

I quite like the look of a Vapex 5000mA NiMH 9.6v battery, a Vapex smart easy charger, charging 4.8v----12v NiMH race batteries.

Speed controller either an MTRONICKS Viper marine15 boat ESC or the Hobbywing 60amp Quicrun, as suggested by Harry Smith earlier.

Is this a combination that would work or a non starter? It would be nice to know as boat electrics at the present time are something I`m trying to catch up on and understand.

Can I also ask if the cable connections are compatible or would they need sorting as well bearing in mind my controller is a Futaba. I don`t know how much that side of things have changed over the years.

Many thanks,


06/07/2020 10:28:27

Morning Harry, thank you for your reply. More welcome information to digest. I can see now how much has changed since I was last modelling boats.

As for the TID. there`s` no problem with that power wise as I run it using a 6v lead acid sealed battery driving a 540 motor through a gearbox I made myself and so far it`s worked well. All that`s required on that is a good clean and service various parts and it should be good to go.

Many thanks,


05/07/2020 18:41:50

And thank you for the welcome.


05/07/2020 18:40:32

Thank you both for your replies and interesting information.

As the motor is already installed i`ll probably stick with that as a starting point. If things work when it eventually gets in the water and I can see how it performs I can then think about changes. Running this type of boat is all new to me.

Ashley, the T I D tug is powered by a six volt sealed battery and wouldn`t really fit in hull anyway so that`s a no no .

I`ve had good fun with the tug over the years. Just a thought, It`s ballasted with 20lb of lead and it`s got me wondering if I could substitute that for something else, as, if anything should happen , I wouldn`t be happy with that lead in the water.

I`ll follow up your suggestions regarding the electrical side of Surfury and see if I can put some pictures up.It might be a while as I`m not a computer wizard! I`ll have a look at the forum on the subject.

Many thanks gents,



05/07/2020 13:12:34

Hi, I`m a new to this forum, 1st posting, so apologies if I get anything wrong.

After a number of years doing other modelling interests I`ve bought a boat back into the daylight with the hope of getting it up and running.

The model is a scratch build of Surfury, built from the Model Maker plan. Once built, I never got round to running it but I`d like to try and make that happen.

The motor ( already installed ) is a Graupner 700BB Turbo 9.6V 3307.. Controller is a Futaba Attack 2DR. Rudder servo is a Futaba S3003. Prop is a 2 blade Octura 45mm plastic one, direct drive from the motor.

This is where I`m now at a loss. With the passing of time , things have changed and battery technology especially so my problem now is,which type of battery to use. The boat at the moment weighs 2.6 kg. I`m not looking for high speed in particular, just something that would make it look reasonable on the water.

I`ve also got to get my head round connecting all the electrical side of things so will be taking a look in my other boat , a TID Tug to see how I put things together back in the day.

Hopefully I haven`t rambled on too much but I thought I`d ask about the power supply in the hope someone might have a suggestion .

Many thanks,


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