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    Thinking about buying a boat.. a few pre purchase questions

    Hi everyone..

    I have never owned a boat before.. and only have some Traxxas trucks that I love. With that said, I live in Miami, FL and water is everywhere.. so I was thinking about a boat to get that "need for speed" out of me. LOL.

    I am 33yrs old.. so, I am kinda a big kid inside :-)

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    Here are my questions:

    1. Is the Spartan a good boat for speed and stability? I know that I want to minimize the flipping / crashes as much as possible.

    2. I 100% would need to also buy a retrieval boat, as I can't even swim myself LOL. Are there any that are completely RTR that are designed for this?

    3. As mentioned I live in Miami.. and I think most all the water around me would be salt water. So.. I am guessing this is not the best for the boat? Do people run them in saltwater? What do I need to do, in order to run in salt water all the time? There must be a way to do it and not destroy the boat?

    Thanks so much!
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    Suntiger Welcome to the forum. Here's to answer some of your questions.
    1. No stable RC Boat in the market, all are prone to flipping, it will be depend on driving habit and wind flow, adjustments etc., if your asking something other than Spartan, this is not the right forum for it.
    2. No RTR Retrieval Boats, all are Customize, you will built by yourself, there is a lot in here who did it already to follow search on Retrieval Boat.
    3. Down under this post are some of the recommendations when running on salt water.
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    The Spartan is an awesome boat. With the right adjustments you can make the Spartan semi stable. Running in saltwater can be difficult but if you don't mind 20-25 mins of maintenance then you can run it.
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    Thanks guys! This is all good info.

    Also, this may sound really stupid.. but, how can I tell if where I want to run is fresh water or salt water?
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    Also you cant really tell if you are in salt or in brackish it changes every tide change unless you go really far upriver. But the ocean of course will be salty. Lakes and ponds will be slightly brackish if located near the ocean. Hope this helps.
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    Also you cant really tell if you are in salt or in brackish it changes every tide change unless you go really far upriver. But the ocean of course will be salty. Lakes and ponds will be slightly brackish if located near the ocean. Hope this helps.



    Back to the Spartan..

    It looks like the hull is plastic vs. fiberglass like some of the others I was looking at. Is this a good thing, or bad? I see that the Spartan is in the same price point as the others.. so I wonder if there is a reason Traxxas did not use Fiberglass?
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    Anyway IMHO Traxxas used ABS plastic instead of fiberglass because of weight having to have a different powersystem because of this, and it is more expensive and harder to manufacture compared to fiberglass. The pros I see to ABS is weight, price, and the fact that you can replace the hull for a lot less than a fiberglass. Also in my opinion I think that the plastic does its job and a fiberglass hull really is not needed. Hope this helps.
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    The Spartan is an awesome boat. With the right adjustments you can make the Spartan semi stable. Running in saltwater can be difficult but if you don't mind 20-25 mins of maintenance then you can run it.
    Regards to Salt water.. yeah, I need to be honest.. everything around me is salt water. :-( SO, the boat would be 100% run in this.

    I saw that the entire electronic tray can be removed on the updated Spartan? Perhaps this would be easy for cleaning?

    What is the *exact* upkeep I need to do for salt water? Is there a video on this anywhere?

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    Yes the ability to remove the entire electronics tray is very helpful with maintenance. You can find some tips for salt water upkeep in the thread I started called Ocean Run. The other good thing about salt water though is that the boat sits out of the water more due to the increased density of the water compared to fresh so you can go faster
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerDemon View Post
    You can find some tips for salt water upkeep in the thread I started called Ocean Run.
    Here's a link to that thread for quick reference.
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