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AQUB45xx Mini Rio.indd
* Never attempt to swim after a stalled RG boat.
* Never operate your RC boat while standing in the water.
» Never. operate your. RC boat in the presence of swimmers.
* Always use a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when boarding and operating your: retrieval craft, i.e. Jon boat or duck boat.
NOTE: Because of the sharp running hardware included with this RC boat, we do not recommend a rubber blow up raft.
* RC boat running hardware is very sharp. Be very careful when working on and around the metal parts.
* While the motor is running pay close attention to the propeller. Do not come in contact with the propeller at any time the engine
IS running or serious injury will result.
AquaCraft products are to be used by ages 14 and over.
@ Mini Rio
@ Tactic TTX300 transmitter
® 7.2V 6 cell 1100mAh NiMH battery
@ 12 volt quick charger
AquaCraft will warrant your Mini Rio for 90 days after the purchase
from defects in materials or workmanship of original manufacture.
AquaCraft, at their option, will repair or replace at no charge, the
incorrectly made part. This warranty does not cover damage caused
by crash, abuse, misuse, alteration or accident. To return your boat for
repairs you need to provide proof of purchase. Your store receipt or
product invoice will suffice. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PURCHASER
FROM DEFECTS IN THE PRODUCT. This warranty gives you specific
legal rights and you may also have other rights, which vary from state
to state. (Outside USA and Canada, contact local importer for warranty
Hobby Services
3002 N. Apollo Drive, Suite 1
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Attn: Service Department
Phone: (217) 398-0007 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time M-F
E-mail: hobbyservices €
After the 90-day warranty has run out you can still have your Mini
Rio repaired for a service fee by the experts at AquaCraft. To speed
up the repair process, please follow these four simple steps:
Important Note: For standard repair service you must specify
whether you wish the charges to be billed COD or if you wish to be
notified of the charges so you can send a check.
1. Please return the ENTIRE system, boat and radio.
2. Make sure batteries are removed from the transmitter.
3.Send written instructions which include a list of all items
returned, a THOROUGH explanation of the problem or problems
of the service needed. Be sure to include your return address
and daytime phone number. If you have access to e-mail please
provide us with your e-mail address to help speed communication.
4. Send to the address above.
Thank you for purchasing the AquaCraft Mini Rio! We want
the time you spend with your new Mini Rio to be fun and
successful, so please fully read the manual. If for any reason
you think this model is not for you, return it to your local
dealer immediately. NOTE: Your hobby dealer cannot accept
a return on any model after final assembly or after your boat
has been subject to operation.
Mini Rio Boat Specifications:
Hull Length: 14.25" [362mm]
Overall Length: 16" [406mm]
Width: 4.75" [108mm]
Height: 2.5" [63mm]
Overall Height (less antenna): 3.25" [82mm]
Boat Features:
Water resistant access hatches
Tough ABS construction
380 water cooled motor
Micro flex wire drive system
Dual wedge rudder steering system
Transom mounted water pickup
Side rail cushioning
1/8” [3.2mm] prop shaft
Two Blade 30mm FRP propeller
Radio System:
Tactic 3-Channel Pistol Grip Transmitter
2n1 Rx/ESC unit
AquaCraft Micro Steering Servo
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BOW: The front of the boat.
STERN: The back of the boat.
PORT: This is the left side of the boat when aboard and
facing the front (bow). An easy way to remember this is
that port and left both contain four letters.
STARBOARD: This is the right side of the boat when aboard
and facing the front (bow).
HULL: The body of the boat.
DECK: The top of the boat.
TRANSOM: The back of the boat.
KEEL: The center of the bottom of the boat.
STRAKE: Lift rail(s) located on the bottom of the boat.
RUDDER: The hinged vertical plate mounted at the stern
that controls steering.
STRUT: The propeller support bracket mounted on the
transom of the boat.
* Never ever attempt to swim after a stalled RC boat.
Do not get in the water for any reason to retrieve your
boat. To aid you in retrieving a stalled RC boat, set up a
fishing reel with a tennis ball tied to the end of the line.
Or better yet, get yourself a small Jon boat so you can
row out and pick up your boat. Remember to use a PFD
any time you enter your retrieval craft.
* AquaCraft products are to be used by ages 14 and over.
* Do not touch the propeller anytime the motor is running.
Pay equally close attention to items such as loose clothing,
shirtsleeves, ties, scarves, long hair or anything that may
become entangled in the spinning propeller. If your fingers,
hands, etc. come in contact with the spinning propeller, you
may be severely injured.
* The speed and mass of this boat can inflict property
damage and severe personal injury if a collision occurs.
Never run this boat in the presence of swimmers or where
the possibility of collision with people or property exists.
* Electric motors produce heat. Do not touch any part of your
motor until it has cooled.
* This boatis controlled by radio signals, which are susceptible
to possible interference from other R/C transmitters, paging
systems, or other electrical noise.
e In the event that weeds become entangled in the propeller,
stop the motor before attempting to remove them.
e |f your Mini Rio should happen to stall, water currents will
slowly carry it to shore. The bad news is that the boat could
be carried to the opposite shore. When surveying areas
to run your Mini Rio, keep variables in mind such as wind
direction, size of the lake, etc. It is not advisable to run R/C
boats on any free-flowing bodies of water such as creeks or
* Always remove the battery pack from the boat before charging.
* Only use the specified battery when operating the Mini Rio.
To order replacement parts for the AquaCraft Mini Rio use
the order numbers in the replacement parts list that follows.
Replacement parts can be purchased from your local hobby
shop or by mail order. If you need assistance locating a
dealer to purchase parts, visit and
click on “Where to buy”. If you are missing parts, contact
Hobbico Product Support at:
Phone: 217.398.8970 Fax: 217.398.7721
AQUB6225 Cowl
AQUB6250 Flex Drive Cable with Drive Dog
AQUB6325 Decal Sheet Orange
AQUB6327 Decal Sheet Blue
AQUB6401 Deck Lids
AQUB6402 Cowl Latch
AQUB7105 Boat Stand
AQUB7757 30mm FRP Prop
AQUB7852 Drive Dog w/ Prop Nut
AQUB7894 Motor Coupler
AQUB8723 Rudder (2)
AQUB8724 Rudder Control Arms
AQUB8725 Rudder Support Brackets
AQUB8726 Rudder Linkage Set
AQUB9021 RX/ESC 2.4GHz
AQUB9045 Transom Water Pick Up
AQUB9214 Water Cooling Plate
AQUG1061 380 Motor W/Connectors
AQUM7050 Steering Servo
AQUP9929 12V Peak Charger
TACJO300 1TTX300 Pistol Grip 2 Channel Transmitter
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AQUB7731 AquaCraft 31mm FRP Propeller Blue
All pictures, descriptions, and specifications found in this
instruction manual are subject to change without notice.
AquaCraft maintains no responsibility for inadvertent errors
in this manual.
These are the components you will need to operate your
Mini Rio:
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* 4 “AA” batteries
» Small personal retrieval system. This might be as simple as a
tennis ball tied to the end of a fishing reel. Better yet, a small
Jon boat and personal floatation device (PFD, preferred!) so
you can row out and properly retrieve your boat.
Extra supplies you might want to have with you during
the operation of your Mini Rio:
As with any hobby, it is a good idea to assemble a useful
collection of tools and accessories to bring along when you
head out to the pond. These are some items you will want to
keep handy.
* Extra “AA” Batteries
* Pliers (HCAR0625)
* Hobby Knife (RMXR6901)
* Metric Allen Key Set
e GrimRacer” Speed Grease
Drive Cable Lubricant
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Other Useful ltems to Have On Hand:
* Waders or rubber boots
* Paper towels
* Spray-on cleaner
* Sunglasses
* Sun block
* Folding table
* Lawn chairs
* First-Aid kit
* Cooler with plenty of ice & soda
e Canopy or shelter
2.Install 4 “AA” batteries into the transmitter in the
configuration molded into the battery floor.
4. Turn the transmitter “ON” using the switch on the
transmitters left side. The battery level indicator light
(LED) should glow red. If the light is flashing, the batteries
are low and need to be replaced.
1. Remove the cowl by rotating the lock near the front of the
2. Remove the cowl.
3. After removing the cowl, grab the bar on the top of the
round opening covers and rotate to remove the covers.
4. Plug the charger into an automobile’s 12 volt power outlet.
Once the charger is plugged in it will start to beep and
the light on the front will begin to flash. Place the charger
outside your automobile.
5. Join the battery and charger connectors. The connectors
are designed to only connect one way to prevent the
battery from being hooked up backwards.
After you attach the battery to the charger the beeping
will stop and the light will stay illuminated to indicate the
charger is charging property. It's a good idea to check the
battery pack every five minutes or so. If at anytime the
battery becomes hot, remove the battery from the charger.
Allow the battery to cool completely before attempting to
use it. When the charge is complete the charger will start
to beep and the light will flash.
Note: It is normal for the battery to be warm after charging
it. I's also a good idea to allow the battery to cool before
placing it in the boat.
After charging is completed, unplug the charger from
the power outlet. Disconnect the battery and charger
connectors by pushing the small tab on down while gently
pulling the connectors apart.
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e Do not charge the battery with the vehicle’s engine
* Always place the battery and charger outside the vehicle
when charging.
* Charge only the Mini Rio’s 6-cell 7.2 V 1100mAh NiMH
rechargeable battery. Do not attempt to charge other
battery types, as damage may occur to the battery
and charger.
* Do not allow water or foreign objects into the charger.
* Do not cover the air intake vents on the charger as this
can cause the charger to overheat and become damaged.
* Do not leave the charger unattended while charging.
Disconnect the battery immediately if the charger and/or if
battery become hot.
e Do not charge hot batteries.
e Keep out of the reach of children.
6. Install the hook and loop to the battery and install the
battery in the boat. You will notice the plug can only be
attached one way. Pay attention to the polarity of the
plug. Plug the battery into the RX/ESC combo unit.
7. Tuck the battery plug under the deck of the boat to keep
the wires away from the drive components. Make sure
the battery pack and wire are NOT touching the drive
8. Re-install the covers by aligning the tabs on the bottom of
the covers with the tabs in the openings. Rotate the covers
45° to secure them in place.
9. Place the cowl on the boat and turn the front lock to hold it
in place. Your boat is now ready for operation.
It is important to follow the below sequence each time
you operate your boat.
1. Turn on the transmitter. Make sure the light on the top is
glowing red.
2. Plug in the 7.2V battery pack. Turn on the receiver switch.
3. You will hear a faint “BEEP.” Fully squeeze the throttle
trigger and hold for 1 second. Again you will hear a faint
“BEEP”. Release the throttle trigger and wait one second.
You should hear two faint “BEEP-BEEP”s. Never during
the arming procedure push the throttle trigger forward.
Your boat is now armed and ready to operate.
4. Install the round hatch covers.
5. Install the canopy.
1. Remove the canopy.
2. Remove the round hatch covers.
3. Unplug the 7.2V battery.
4. Turn off the transmitter.
5. Use a paper towel to remove any water that might have
entered the hull.
1. Place the boat in water that is at least 8” deep. Make sure
the water is free of weeds, sticks or other floating debris.
2. Slowly advance the throttle to get the boat a safe distance
from shore. Adjust the steering trim knob on your
transmitter until the boat tracks straight when the steering
wheel is at neutral.
3. Enjoy driving your MINI RIO!
4. When your boat starts to slow down, it’s time to drive it back
to shore. Typical run times are 6 to 9 minutes depending
on the charge and condition of your battery pack.
IMPORTANT: If your boat takes on a large amount of water
and stalls in the middle of the lake, don’t worry. Your Mini Rio
has foam flotation so it will not sink. You will, however, have
to retrieve the boat and remove the hatch covers to remove
any water that might have entered the boat. If the inside of
the boat is flooded, remove the water and let the boat fully
dry before operating it again.
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Turn on transmitter.
Plug in battery, wait one second, “BEEP”.
Fully Squeeze Trigger, hold one second, “BEEP”.
Release Trigger, wait one second, “BEEP-BEEP” (do not
push forward).
Your boat is now ready to operate.
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4. Using GrimRacer speed grease, apply a small amount to
the cable and slide the cable back into the boat. Be careful
to align the cable to the hole in the end of the motor coupler.
1. It is important to remove and lubricate the drive cable
after a day of running. Make sure the power to the boat is
turned off and the battery pack is unplugged. To lubricate
the cable you will need:
* 1.5mm Allen wrench
* GrimRacer Cable Grease (AQUB9500)
* Paper Towel
5. Leave about 1/16” [2mm] gap between the front of the drive
dog and the back of the shaft tube.
2. Using a 1.5mm Allen wrench, loosen the set screws
holding the drive cable to the motor coupler. It is important
to note that there are two set screws holding the cable
in position.
6. Tighten the set screws to hold the cable in place. Do not
over tighten the set screws. It is also a good idea to tighten
one screw lightly and then the other. Go back and forth
between screws to keep even tension on the drive cable.
3. Slip the cable out the back of the boat. Wipe off any
grease and water that might be on the cable.
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