RC "Weeder" Boats

The "weeder" refers to the small gas engines which were originally stolen from Weedeater string trimmers.  Apparently, a few years back some brilliant guy thought "Hmmm, I've got this nice model boat hull, but I don't have an appropriate nitro engine, but I've got this weedeater thing which has a cool engine, and doing yard work sucks, so I can kill two birds with one stone by discombobulating the engine out of the weedeater and installing the engine in the boat."  And thus, Weeder boats were born.

I currently own 3 weeder boats:

48" Aeromarine 'Challenger' with a Blois modified Zenoah G-23 and Marine Specialties double rudder offset surface drive. 

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43" AC Model Boats 'Wild Thing' with a Marine Specialties Stage 1 modified Zenoah G-23 and a Hanson tuned pipe.

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43" AC Model Boats 'Magnum 67' with a Marine Specialties Stage 1 modified Zenoah G-23 (And the humongous Marine Specialties steel tuned pipe).

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Unfortunately, the weight of the Marine Specialties tuned pipe was too much for the very low transom on the Magnum 67 so I moved the pipe to the Wild Thing.

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Check out the rather abrupt left turn made by the boat in the background.... That's some radical steering!

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Here's the Magnum 67 with the "normal" Hanson tuned pipe.  The Magnum behaves much better with the Hanson pipe.

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Here's Bob's boat.  It's also an AC Models Boats Magnum 67.  The bondo on the bow shows what can happen if you take your eye off for even a couple of seconds.

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