Monday, May 30, 2011

Swedish #1-2011 Nats in FSR-H & OTA

May 28-29 we raced the first Swedish 2011 FSR-H hydro nationals of the season and also the OTA 3.5 cc class (Outboard stock tunnels). Booth 3.5 cc classes where held on Saturday and 7.5 & 15 cc hydros where raced on Sunday.

The weather forecast was far from promising and it was quite a lot of wind (around 6-7 m/s). But it was not extremely bad water - just bad... But for sure it was far from being perfect!

(I forgot the camera battery on charge at home this weekend so all shots where made with my iPhone.)

TecnoPower race report.

Sometimes the sun came out but it was never "warm".

Stefan raced his new BlackBird G2 for the first time. This is on Friday practice. It looked really good on the water - even in the rough. Chris has done a good job developing it! :)

Mr. Sunken (Micke) testing one of his KEP's T2 .21 riggers on Friday. It looked good but he didnt dare to race it as his first boat on Saturday. Its a TecnoPower M03 engine in it that feels very promising.

Micke's stack of riggers.

My Aquacraft TS3 stock tunnel. It was quite fast and it handled the rough water really good - equally good as the best HTB290 I think.

Micke and my boats being loaded in the van before traveling south to Oxelösund.

Top 3 in H7.5:
1. Ellert Ohlzon
2. Anders Martinelle
3. Torbjörn Carlsson

I finished 4:th in H7.5 with my KEP's T2 .21 boat but with a TP .23 engine in it! It was a handful in the very rough water (it only weights 1.6 kg!).

Top 3 in H15:
1. Anders Martinelle
2. Micke Pertulla
3. Niklas Ericksson

Top 2 in H3.5:
1. Niklas Edlund / KEP's T2 .21 / TecnoPower M03 / Futaba 4PK
2. Ulf Olsson / Zip Kits JAE 21 G2 / CMB VAC
3. Torbjörn Carlsson (not in the picture - sorry)

Well its not a beauty shot but its me. ;)

Top 3 in OTA Tunnel:
1. Mats Angseryd / Aquacraft TS3 / OS / Futaba 4PK
2. Niklas Edlund / Aquacraft TS3 / OS / Futaba 4PK
3. Mr Sunken / Aquacraft VS1 / K&B / Futaba 3PM

The first race ever with the new TecnoPower M03-21 inboard engine and it won! Feels good... :)

My stack of .21 riggers. Want to build your own outrigger stands? Here is info on my rigger stack-on stands.

Some of the stuff used by me:
  • KEP's T2 .21 (prototype) - Weight: 1650 g RTR (no fuel)
  • TecnoPower M03-21 inboard engine with V1 turbo combustion chamber (shimmed at 0.3 mm deck height) & TecnoPower C6 glowplug
  • Zoom .21 carb by Charles perdue
  • Special 180 deg exhaust manifolder (wider arc vs a NR header)
  • AB parabolic pipe
  • 60 % nitro and 14% Klotz Super Tecnhiplate
  • Mark Sholund ABC H6 3.46 prop
  • BB Hardware strut, rudder & engine mount
  • Futaba S9551 steering servo & S3150 servos on CH2 & 3.
  • Vapex 1000 mAh LiFe receiver battery

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

KEP's .21 T2 Prototype

Update (October 2012):  I'm happy to announce that Friday November 2 2012 I will publish a completely new PDF template freebie design - the KEP's T2 .21. So welcome back soon and download the next generation racing outrigger hydroplane freebie! Read the T2 presentation HERE.
Ok, here we go. Last year me and my race buddy "Mr. Sunken" came to an agreement that we needed to take our rigger know-how forward as we booth felt that the std KEP's design was at it's limit. But with that said, the old-school KEP's design has worked very good for us with me finishing third at the latest NAVIGA FSR-H 3.5 worlds in Hungary so its still a good performing boat design I think... ;)

As you can see the new T2 project boat in these pics has got its inspiration from some "Japanese" type of boats, some "JAE" and some ideas of my own of course.

Do note, the KEP's T2 is a prototype project that we will develop this summer so its far from a finished design at this time! We have multiple versions of it with different tubs, sponsons, running surfaces, skis, engine placement and after-plane lengths etc... So it's basically no idea to ask me specific questions about it/them yet as we have hardly started testing them. We'll see what we learn this summer and how the finished KEP's .21 T2 rigger will end up looking like in the future. The pics show some of the first day of testing and even after the video was shot, and the pics where taken, we did some changes that improved it's performance. :)

The very first day testing it was blowing a steady 5-7 m/s wind and the water was changing from "90-size-boat-choppy" to almost white water. The pics & video where shot when it was the calmest.

If a completely new boat project was'nt enough we have some new engines to test also! We will use the new power plants from TecnoPower in these new T2 boats and in this one its a box-stock TP M03-21 engine that is not modified in any way or form. As the M03 comes without any carb and flywheel I used the proven Charles Perdue made Zoom carb (15 mm neck dia) and a flywheel from Solinger on my M03 engine.

TP M03-21 engine info.

The strut, rudder & engine mount rails comes from BB Hardware.

KEP's T2 .21 wins first Swedish nats of 2011.

To be continued... :)

/Niklas Edlund

Inbjudan SM2 FSR-H & OTA

Invitation for this years second Swedish national outboard and outrigger race June 18-19 is now on-line. Go to the OMSK site.

Novarossi .45 Marine

The rumors about Novarossi developing a .45 marine engines have been floating around for years. But now they have published information that its in the works but its not exactly what most of us had hoped for... For a gearbox application in a FSR-V or off-shore boat it would work fine I think but for a direct drive Im not so sure...

NR45 Rumors in 2009.

Novarossi quote:

"In the last few years we spoke with many clients about this new 7,5cc marine engine.

Due to the overwhelming amount of positive replies we decided to go full throttle with the development of this engine.

At this point we will not release any information about the technical specifications.

Since this engine is still in development, the final product may look different than on the image supplied."

Monday, May 23, 2011

SM1 FSR-V Lida 2011

Pics from the first Swedish 2011 nats in FSR-V in Lida - just south of Stockholm.