RCU Review: AquaCraft Super Vee 27

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Review by Erick Royer
Getting Ready for the Water
On the Water
Manufacturer & Distributor
Distributed by Hobbico
Website: www.Hobbico.com
There is no doubt that one of the hottest new things to hit the radio
control industry are brushless motors. Aquacraft is leading the boating
market with their new SuperVee 27 providing extreme power and speed
making it a worthy competitor in the fast electric racing classes and still
easy enough for beginners to operate.
The AquaCraft SuperVee 27 is constructed of durable, hand-laid
fiberglass and is available in 6 different colors. Each color represents a
different frequency allowing you to race with 5 of your buddies! An
AquaCraft B36-56 Brushless Marine Motor comes preinstalled complete
with a water cooling jacket. The motor is driven by an AquaCraft
Water-cooled 45 amp brushless ESC. A two channel pistol grip
transmitter (made by Futaba) puts you at the helm of this bad boy and an
AquaCraft servo, (also made by Futaba) sends your inputs to the rudder.
See the Super Vee 27
in action!
A nice wooden stand is included making it easy to display your boat
when your back at shore. The stand is also very helpful at the water for
starting the boat. A full sheet of decals and a 12 page instruction manual
are also included.
Ease of Assembly
Strong Fiberglass Construction
Water Cooled ESC and motor
Fast Speed
Long Run Times Between
Ready to Hit the Water in 10
Lots of Metal Anodized Parts
Over the years I have tested many boats from Gas to electric. While
large gas boats will always be my passion, they are big, noisy and can
be messy dealing with the fuel. The electrics that I have piloted in the
past have used conventional brushed motors and have always left me
disappointed with the performance. The SuperVee 27 with its brushless
motor bring a whole new element to the water. Lets get this thing in the
water and see how it performs.
Model name: Super Vee 27 Brushless
Type: Brushless Electric Powered Deep Vee
Manufacturer: AquaCraft by Hobbico
Distributor: Great Planes Model Distributors
Total Length: 27 in (686 mm)
Beam: 8.13 in. (205 mm)
Height: 5.5 in. (140 mm)
Hull material: Fiberglass
Weight (w/o batteries): 4.5 lb. (2.04 kg)
Includes: AquaCraft B36-56 water-cooled brushless motor, brushless 45A ESC, AquaCraft 2-channel radio
Batteries Used: Two Duratrax Shark 1500 Mah Nicd Packs
Requires: (8) AA batteries for the transmitter; (2) 6-celll battery packs with Deans Ultra connectors
Street price: $279.99
The included AquaCraft 2-channel pistol radio is made by Futaba and the
receiver and servo are already installed. The transmitter includes a battery
status monitor, as well as trims for fine-tuning steering and throttle action.
Lightweight transmitter includes:
Battery status indicator
Fine trims for steering and throttle
Servo reversing on both channels
Adjustable steering rate
Charge jack for (optional) NiCd batteries
Both a SX-100 standard servo and an RX-100 receiver are already
The AquaCraft B36-56 water-cooled brushless
motor features:
High Efficiency
Tons of Power
Water Cooling Jacket to keep the motor cool
45 Amp Water Cooled Brushless ESC
I Powered the boat with 2 Shark 1500 Mah NiCD Batteries
Upon taking the boat out of the box, I carefully removed the hull and other components. The quality of the
fiberglass and paint job are second to none. The boat comes with a nice wooden stand which makes it easy to
work on and display the boat. The first step in getting the boat ready for the water was to adhere the stickers
from the sheet to the hull. They go on very easily. You can used some water with a drop of dish soap to allow
you some flexibility in positioning the stickers in the correct spot.
S urface Drive Adjustable Strut
Made of machined aluminum, with
a .150" flex drive cable and a 3/16"
prop shaft that allows for unlimited
prop selection.
Anodized FE Rudder
Blue anodized and adjustable, with
a built-in water pick-up. The
bushed pivot shaft is a
performance feature not found on
many racing boats.
FE Turn Fin & Trim Plates
The mirror finish on the trim plates
not only looks sharp, it will not rust '
and because they're stainless steel,
they won't flex upon contact with
the water. The FE turn fin assembly
is made of aluminum and blue
The SuperVee 27 comes as a Ready to Run (RTR) boat, and it is just that. The boat requires absolutely no
assembly other than the stickers and install 8 AA batteries in the transmitter. You have a wide range of battery
options available. I chose to used a pair of Duratrax Shark 1500 mAh Nicd packs to power the boat. I would
have went with 3300 Nimh Packs but I did not have two in my possession that were the same. It is necessary to
make sure the batteries have Deans connectors on them. Most 6-7 cell battery packs are design for Car use
and come with a standard Tamiya-style connector. These packs were no different so I cut them off and
installed the Deans. The included Velcro strips aid in making sure the batteries remain put while under way.
AquaCraft Water-Cooled 45 amp
Brushless 18V ESC
It's rare to find an ESC that's
water-cooled, but this one is! A
blue anodized aluminum jacket
cycles water around the ESC very
efficiently and the pre-wired plugs
are Dean's Ultra plugs, a favorite
with racers!
Grimracer Silicon Water Jacket
Another SuperVee 27 advantage is
the durable, lightweight cooling
system that actually directs water
onto the can to effectively remove
heat from the motor.The
blue-anodized motor mount is also
designed to make motor removal
Cowl Lock System
Boasting the durability of stainless
and spring steel, it's a quick, easy
and convenient way to attach and
remove the hatch with no loose
parts to misplace.
Now that my battery packs are installed and fully charged, I powered on the boat and radio and performed a
range check and checked the controls to make sure they operated correctly.
I looked at the AquaCraft website and noticed that they put a Tech Bulletin up with some comments on Arming
the ESC correctly. You can view the full pagehere.
To arm the AquaCraft SuperVee 27 Brushless power system, follow the steps below:
1. Install fresh "AA" batteries in your AquaCraft transmitter.
2. Turn the throttle trim knob - located on the far right top of the transmitter - fully counter-clockwise (see
3. Make sure that the throttle servo reversing switch is in the down position (see illustration).
4. Turn the transmitter "ON".
5. Install two charged, 6-cell battery packs in your SV27 Brushless boat. Then, plug them into the ESC
(electronic speed control) inside the boat.
6. Listen for a single beep.
7. Pull the throttle trigger all the way back (as if to apply full power). Listen for a single beep.
8. Release the throttle trigger to neutral and listen for the five remaining beeps. Your boat is now ready to
Basically that is it! Off to the lake!
Waterproof Radio Box
The servo and linkage are already
installed, inside an
injection-molded waterproof box
with living hinges.
Twin Battery Packs in Series
The batteries are secured by
light-ply holders with hook-and-loop
fasteners for quick pack changes.
Decal Sheet.
We were at the lake on a nice fall Sunday morning and there was very little chop on the water as it was still
early for the boaters and there was practically no wind to speak of.
I plugged in two freshly charged battery packs and armed the ESC. A quick pull of the trigger and the motor
jumped to life. I double checked the rudder direction and all was a go.
The SuperVee 27 has a surface drive power system which means that you need to launch it to get the prop to
bite in. If you place the boat in the water and try to gun the throttle, the prop will cavatate and suck air with very
little forward motion. So I gave it it a gentle, level toss with my finger on the throttle and as soon as the rear of
the hull hit the water, the prop grabbed and she bolted out across the water. I took it easy on the motor for the
first couple runs to allow the motor to break in. I had no idea what kind of battery life I would get on these 1500
packs, but I was happy to see about 5 minutes. Again my first choice would have been some 3300 packs which
should yield between 7-9 minutes on a charge.
On the third run, as soon as it hit the water, I punched the throttle and the boat seemed to leap out of the water.
The bow was running a bit low, so I brought it back to shore and made a minor adjustment to the trim tabs by
simply bending them up a little. The next run the boat was up on plane very fast as it screamed across the
glassy water kicking up a really cool rooster-tail.
Video of the SuperVee 27
From AquaCraft Models
With the trim tabs properly adjusted the boat responded much better in the turns as well as gaining a few MPH
in the top end speed. Right hand turns were much sharper than left ones, most likely due to the FE turn fin on
the right side of the transom. When doing a high speed left turn the boat would tend to skid into the turn more
and you needed to be more careful of capsizing. It screamed across the water as if it were on rails. I felt the
rudder was very effective reacting instantly to my every input.
The next few runs were uneventful - Just a whole lot of fun!
I was really surprised at the speed of this boat. For a RTR package, it really compared to many of the smaller
nitro powered boats on the market. There is just something so nice about electric, just charge and go.
All in all I was very impressed with the overall performance of the SuperVee 27. This is a boat that will please
both the novice and racers alike.
The AquaCraft SuperVee 27 is the perfect solution for someone who wants an entry level boat with better than
entry level performance. Other than the decals and installing some batteries, it is a true ready-to-run boat. Once
you are at the water, you will be pleased with how much performance this little boat packs and you will have the
piece of mind knowing that you will be spending all of your time having fun on the water instead of being stuck
on shore with engine troubles and adjustments like the glow-powered counterparts. !
For $279.00 Ready to Run it is a great deal for anyone at any skill level!
AquaCraft Models
Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico by:
Great Planes Model Distributors
P.O. Box 9021; Champaign, IL 61826-9021
Website: www.AquaCraftmodels.com
Futaba Corporation of America
Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico by:
Great Planes Model Distributors
P.O. Box 9021; Champaign, IL 61826-9021
Website: www.futaba-rc.com
Posted by: launchpad51 on 04/10/2008
Comments on RCU Review: AquaCraft Super Vee 27
Posted by: launchpad51 on 04/10/2008
Profile Hello; This a great boat,nice and quick and easy to operate.I have had a little mishap with mine.I hit a dock full out
and I thought for sure the boat sunk,but when I turned to look it was still floating;"someone was thinking about
me".When I pulled the boat out of the water I heard alot of strange sounds from inside the boat.In opened the canopy
and "WOW" what a mess.The stringers and the rest of the wood mounts was totalled.Also there was a crack along the
side where the water outlet is which is about 9 inches long.So back to the bench.I rebuilt all the wood frame and the
stringers.patched up the crack with fiberglass and ready to go again.What I am looking for now is some touch up paint
for it.This boat is blue.If anyone out there knows where I could get some I would really appreciate it. Take care and
great boating Al Posted by: Stewie2008 on 04/22/2008
Profile My boat came with a faulty esc and engine. I did not get to run it but 50 ft. so far. I have been waiting for two months
for aquacraft to send me a new boat! Save yoursel the trouble and by a blackjack.
Posted by: RKS1949 on 06/26/2008
Profile Posted by: RKS1949 on 06/26/2008
Profile My boat runs great (after removing almost all the hardware,and resealing it with silcone,it leaked like a seve,from the
factory(no sealer at all). The boat is extreemly fast and a blast to run. Do yourself a favor,and remove the
hardware,and reseal it with silcone,then give it a float test (bathtub) and check it for leaks.Also add some foam
(flotation) to the cowl,or it will sink like a rock,if blown off.
Posted by: Jefferson1964 on 10/09/2008
Profile I purchased the yellow Supervee 27 Brushless and this boat is increadible. The only thing ive done to my boat is used
the 7 cell battery packs and my boats is hitting 45MPH easy. It was fast out of the box now its wicked fast and planning
on adding a new aluminum prop. There have been NO issues with my boat NONE! My boat blew away my friends boat
that cost 2X as much...now hes wanting a Supervee Brushless...come to the darkside my friend....
Posted by: exnordel on 10/28/2008
Profile This boat is a hoot, plenty fast for an electric. Very high quality components and well finished. There are only a few
things I would add or correct, one is a metal prop. The supplied plastic prop is a bit fragil and will shatter if it hits
anything. A metal prop will also give you a little speed advantage. Add some foam strips to the underside of the cowl to
keep it afloat if it comes off while running, it will sink if it comes off. I also upgraded the steering linkage with a 4-40
rod and ball link clevises. The water proof box is not really water proof and will fill with water if the boat is dumped.
Also, I agree, water test the boat in your bathtub first and seal all through hull fittings with RTV. The pond I am
running it on is not huge and I cannot imagine running seven cell packs, that must be wild. Posted by: ThePunisher on 06/14/2009
Profile Fit and finish on this boat is disappointing at best. Too many runs in the paint and too many chips in the cowl and nose
of the boat to be new.
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