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  • Let’s see those retrieval rigs

    Anyone who runs RC boats should have a way of safely retrieving their rig without having to swim to go get it. Too many people have already lost their life swimming for their boat. If you have a rig please post pictures so we can help those in need gather ideas to build their own. I also usually have my 7 foot kayak with me in case my retrieval fails (it’s happened before).

    This is my rig. The electronics tray is an old cutting board. The frame is 1/2” schedule 40 irrigation pvc with pool noodles for flotation. The push pull assembly I made allows for nearly 90* rotation. I used a Castle/Traxxas marine ESC because it has 100% reverse. Most marine ESCs only have a fraction of reverse. I run it on 4s. She isn’t pretty but she’s never let me down.

  • #2
    Retrieval rigs are an entire RC boating segment in themselves. It's really neat to see what inventive ways people come up with for their setups. I have found keeping it very simple with the classic rod/reel/tennis ball to yield the best results. I wanted a compact setup to wheel down to my lake so taking an extra boat to retrieve another boat didn't make a ton of sense. My buddy and I tried modifying the rod/reel to make it more compact but at the end of the day leaving it bone-stock works the best. At only $15 it's a cheap and effective way to get your boat back!

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    • #3
      You can't talk about retrieval rigs without bringing up Larry Jablonski's EDF powered rig. He spent some serious time refining the build and setup. It also makes me wonder why EDF's and boats have not been explored more...

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        A-10 Nacelles...nice!


        • #5
          Rescue barge with action camera mount.


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ID:	307426 This is a heng long tugboat. Or what’s left of it.

            upgraded the motor. Cut the red mast in half and reworked it. Added 5lbs of various sandbags in the hull to stabilize and extended the cranes boom and attached a big power magnet.

            works damn good now. Do not try to retrieve anything at all with a stock heng long tug as it wants to tip over in the wind Lol


            • #7
              Went with a rescue Gator and a murdered pool noodled stuffed with magnets. It fits around the stern of my ship where matching magnets are placed and is strong enough to tow it. If the gator can't pull the ship free I have a fishing line reel I can swap to and just bring a line back to shore so I can work the problem by hand.
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                That’s funny as hell I love it