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How Big is your Club Lake?

I need to run a fast boat in a straight line, my club lake isn't big enough.

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Lee M20/09/2021 07:19:49
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Hi All,

I have a boat that is way too fast for my local club lake and I need to visit another club to run it.

I estimate that I need a clear 800-1,000 meters of fresh water.

Would you say your club lake is as big as this? If so. Please could you reply with your club name and location. Ideally contact info for the club chairman.

Thanks in advance.

Richard Simpson20/09/2021 09:57:42
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Hi Lee and first of all welcome to the forum.

I suspect it would first of all be a great help if you mentioned where you are in the country and how far you are prepared to travel. The next challenge you might find is that a lot of clubs that use council facilities, such as a public parks, do not allow either fast electric models or IC engines of any sort. This would be the case with my own club which does use a significant size pond but does not allow fast electric or IC powered models.

Unfortunately you are into an area of the hobby that does not seem to be well catered for nowadays. I suspect it might be worth looking into availability of lakes or reservoirs where clubs do not meet, although again, nowadays there are many restrictions that come into play.

Lee M20/09/2021 10:11:29
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Thanks Richard.

It is Fast Electric.

I am in the South East but prepared to travel anywhere in the U.K. for the run.

Hoping that someone on here will have a club that is nice and long allowing the use of fast electric boats.

ashley needham20/09/2021 10:38:27
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Lee. Good luck with your quest. It is a big ask, as per Richards musings.

A reservoir may be the way to go.

Our pond at Bushy Park is way too small for Very fast boats, and although we have some fast boats, we build to “fast but not VERY fast” standards.

An alternative could be the Lake District but this would require a short holiday to make it worthwhile!

Not sure on the legality of using rivers for something like this?

How big is your boat and could you use it in the sea on a calm day, or are you worried about salt and/or recovery?

Ashley

Lee M20/09/2021 10:48:10
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I have been thinking about the Lake District. This may possibly be the way to go if I can get permission to run it.

The boat is 1.4m in length and currently an unknown top speed due to the nature if it's experimental design.

Test runs on a lake in Hampshire at 50% throttle, it was still accelerating and I had to throttle back due to running out of space to slow down.

Chris E20/09/2021 12:13:22
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The size that you are asking for is a river, lake or reservoir and all three will have rules.

Are you sure that you can see your model well enough at 1000m, even if you stand at 500m, for good control at the sort of speeds that you expect?

You would need a very calm day (an hour at dawn or dusk often provides calm water) and a rescue boat of some sort.

 

Edited By Chris E on 20/09/2021 12:18:08

Richard Simpson20/09/2021 12:24:19
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I suspect your best bet might be a reservoir but you would require permission from the relevant water authority.

Ray Wood 220/09/2021 12:28:28
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Hi Lee,

Chris makes a very valid point about eyesight, most boats have to make some sort of circuit to stay within sight, unless you can get a fast chase boat? rather like the OMRA boys do for offshore racing.

My local club Cygnets at Maidstone have a go fast electric and IC powered section who meet on saturday mornings at Mote Park, maybe worth a visit.

Regards Ray

Lee M20/09/2021 12:44:34
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Posted by Ray Wood 2 on 20/09/2021 12:28:28:

Hi Lee,

Chris makes a very valid point about eyesight, most boats have to make some sort of circuit to stay within sight, unless you can get a fast chase boat? rather like the OMRA boys do for offshore racing.

My local club Cygnets at Maidstone have a go fast electric and IC powered section who meet on saturday mornings at Mote Park, maybe worth a visit.

Regards Ray

Thanks Ray.

I was there yesterday running my baby Orange Rigger!

This boat would require the distance between the white buoys to come off the plane, Mote could be long enough for a limited test run if allowed to run from the watersports section, but I doubt that would be allowed.

Chris E20/09/2021 13:02:29
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What size/ type of model and speed are you expecting?

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