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Old 12-11-2010, 01:49 PM
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tail hop

Hi Capt!
Tail bounce with these under-hull, angled setups can be hard to figure out. There are two scenarios here and they require different solutions. First if your boat is bouncing on the straights at speed then you need to adjust the propeller weight. You measure this by balancing the hull (ready to run batteries, tape, everything) on the aft edge of the sponson. I've attached a picture of the rig I use. Under the prop place a postage scale. Make sure the boat is sitting in the running attitude. Generally this is slightly bow high. My boats run well with no hop at around 14.5 oz prop wt. The CG's are in the range of 2 - 2 3/8" aft of the sponson. There are lots of theories out there on rigging these hydros. This setup works for me.

Some theory..
As the boat bounces over the waves the prop will sink a bit. If the tail is too light it gets thrown up out of the water, the bow sinks a bit and that throws the tail back down again and the cycle repeats. This is particularly true of our scale angled drives where a portion of the prop is under the hull. The force of water against the bottom and the drive angle produce significant vertical forces. As Teach "teaches" us narrowing the cone of thrust can help minimize the amount of water being thrown in the vertical aspect as well as against the bottom of the hull. All these can contribute to hop. Weight can help counteract this inertia.

The other "hop" scenario occurs only in the turns. There is A LOT going on here... The geometry of rudder placement to prop, prop thrust cone angle, boat roll in the turn, the fact that you are slowing in the turn causing the tail to settle, and rudder angle all play a part. Reconciling all of this can be difficult. There are too many variables.
First check the angle of the rudder (fore and aft). If the rudder is angled so it's lower end is too far aft it will lift the stern up out of the water during a turn. The opposite is true when the rudder is angled forward. Very slight changes in this angle will make big differences.

So to fix your hop... Try changing the CG a bit more aft - get that prop weight up. Try a prop with a bit more cup at the tips to narrow the thrust cone. Check rudder angle. Move the prop a bit further back. Also one last thing. Solid, hard drive shafts tend to do this more that flex and thin wire drives do. The flex shafts tend to be more forgiving as they can "wind-up" a bit and absorb energy.

Good Luck!
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:52 PM
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Thanks Mark...that explains a lot....and that is a fine looking boat you have there...:thumup:
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:05 AM
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Here are some pics of the cooling fan and switch. Also note the suction tube, it ends at the bottom of the transom to allow a turkey baster to suck water out of the boat. It works really well.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:32 PM
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As for the turkey baster in the post has been replaced with a hand cranked (fuel) pump and works faster at getting a lot of water out of the hull.

Here is a pic I took this weekend. The boat now has over a year of service and many miles of fun with no prolems. I am getting 40-45mph out of her on a pair of 5000 2s 40C Zippys...
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:57 PM
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should have built 2 at the same time and sold me one lol good way to pay for your time
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:12 PM
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Hey Capt. Did you build the driver and tail cowling or is there a prefab available? I need one just like it!!!! THANKS John
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:37 PM
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1/10 scale hydroplane driver figure available from Classic Hydros.!/~/produc...13&id=27252050

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