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Went down to Carribean Gardens today for a look at the AMPBA guys running their boats. I don't think there was a boat there that did not have a massive tuned pipe hanging off the back of it :) You could hear these boats running from the other side of the market.

I only got to see 3 boats run in the time I had. There seemed to be quite a few guys there with more than one boat a piece, and it looked like a good club turnout.

I was tight for time, so didn't stop to talk to anyone.... I'll give the club secretary a call or email during the week.

I've had a look at the AMPBA website, and I can find no reference to air propped boats. I wonder if they'd even let my abomination anywhere near their boats :)
 

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If you have a place to run Mouse, I'll join you one weekend.
 

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If you have a place to run Mouse, I'll join you one weekend.
I think the only place near me is the one in The Basin. I haven't been in there for probably 6 or 8 years so not sure what it is like at the moment, also the boat needs some work and hasn't been started for many many years. Busy with work at the moment and trying to get two cars going and one body painted so my son and I can get back to the Geelong track again.

I will keep it in mined, I will try to go into The Basin to have a look see.
 

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I think that Craig991 is on here Al, he runs some mighty impressive boats at c/gardens from what I have just seen. :D
 

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Nothing wrong with air boats, I doub't you will ever see them racing in Australia though. They are more of an American thing.
 

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Nothing wrong with air boats, I doub't you will ever see them racing in Australia though. They are more of an American thing.
That's for sure. There are quite a few up in the NT running around as tour operators during the wet season.

for sure - no racing, not even RC - there aren't enough people doing it.

To show what an air propped boat can do:
FF to about 3.00
 

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I'm from the south east & also interested in the carribean market rc boat club, will be purchasing my first boat this weekend, any advice or where to buy from would be great! Would also like for someone to join me or me to tag along ! I'm new to this scene, thanks
 

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This is the crup that annoy's me and gets newbies thinking this is the way to go...

80 someting miles for 3 minutes and it is far from on rails.. At pine hills oval Fast elec club we do 120 kph in a 200metre oval passining eachother like F1 cars..

That thing would slide metres upon metre and have no pick up from start speed..

I could lap it twice in a 5 lap race and he's got a nitro engine, custom build and launch ramp.......lol

For the same money he spent you could have a boat with a boat prop and rudder and do 80 mph on rails for 15 mins...
 

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Telling a newbie that a particular way of doing RC boating (or any vehicle - be it air, water or land) is not the way to go is poor form. If someone wants to use an air propped boat, why would you talk them out of it ? There are as many different ways of playing around in this hobby as I've had hot dinners, none are "the right way" and none are "wrong".

What ever floats your boat.
 
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Not a new thread but I found it on google and this is my first reply. I am from Melbourne East too and I want to get my Kyosho Cat out on the water. I took it up to Lillydale once and raced it around. Nobody seemed to care. The little .18cc nitro motor attracted the attention of the kids on the playground :) I needed to find tune it again to get it back out but I have a new racing prop for it I want to try. I'm also looking for more local places to race. I saw some of the ones up at Caribean market but they are pretty hardcore boats. Mine's not that big and I don't wanna pay to join a club as I wouldn't have time to commit to doing it all the time. your air boat sounds good.
 

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I've had a hectic 6 months at work, and have not got the airboats out at all.... except for a short run in the back yard. I've put a converted Homelite 30cc gas engine onto the boat.... smashed her up fairly good in that short run :)

How East are you ? I've always wanted to see if I could get into the some of the lakes around moorabbin
 

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Moorabbin lakes sounds good.... or there is Surrey Dive in Box Hill.

I've got an electric airboat (converted from nitro) and an electric jetboat. Bored racing around alone so looking for some other boats for some casual mucking around.
 

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Melbourne, Victoria casual meet and greet.

Any Melburnians out there who want to meet up for some FE or nitro running? I am not into racing yet as I've not much experience in this hobby but I am into the socialising side of it. I am in Mt Waverley but I am willing to drive across the Westgate if I have to. I currently have an Aquacraft Lucas Oil FE Brushless. I mostly run it at Rowville Lakes, Aura Vale Lake or Lysterfield Lake.
 

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There's the old CSR quarry in FTG, along the dirt rd that runs up behind the train station in upper gully. Now that it's all parklands, the Old pit has been flood to form a decent size lake it's sheltered from wind by tall cliffs & trees, so usually offers calm-ish water& minimal chop. On occassions the water is dead still with the surface like glass.
 
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