How To Carry out Fundamental Marine Upkeep


Simple Steps to Maintain Your Traxxas Boat Operating at Its Greatest

Summer season boat season is winding down, and we wager you’ve already put a bunch of packs by your Spartan or M41 Widebody. Each are engineered to ship excessive efficiency, and with easy routine upkeep, your Traxxas boat will give all of the thrilling boat motion you’ll be able to deal with season after season. Observe alongside as we cowl all it is advisable do to maintain the Spartan and M41 Widebody boiling water in peak situation.

Important Boat Upkeep
While you’re accomplished boating for the day, be sure to examine observe these steps earlier than storing your Spartan or M41:

  • Make sure the motor is totally dry, notably the bearings.
  • Lubricate the motor bearings with mild oil.
  • Take away, dry, and lubricate the drive cable with Traxxas marine grease.
  • Dry and lubricate the bushings within the drive strut.
  • Test all of the screws within the drive system for tightness.
  • Examine and clear the cooling water inlet for particles and clear if vital.

Clear & Examine the Hull

All it is advisable clear your boat’s hull is a delicate material and dish cleaning soap. If you happen to encounter any cussed marks, you’ll be able to attempt a stronger water-based cleaner. Don’t use solvents to scrub the hull, as they could assault the ABS materials. As you clear the hull, preserve a watch out for scratches and gouges. If any are extreme sufficient to have raised an edge or burr, use 400 grit sandpaper to easy it down. Don’t fear about placing a shine on the underside of the hull, as a matte end truly has much less resistance within the water than a gloss end. Lastly, examine the cooling water inlet and tube for particles and clear if vital.

Boat maintenance
Boat upkeep begins with a cleansing and inspection.

Don’t overlook the stuffing tube seal and the silicone bellows that seals the rudder linkage. If the bellows is wanting chalky, rub a bit silicone shock fluid onto it to revive suppleness. If both seal is cracked or break up, replacements are solely a few bucks—simply ask for 5725 at your Traxxas vendor.
Clean the stuffing tube seal
Before and after
This M41’s linkage seal was wanting dry, however a bit silicone oil restored it.

Repair the hull
Traxxas boat hulls are manufactured from sturdy ABS for years of enjoyable underneath regular use. If a collision or different mishap damages the hull or hatch past restore, alternative hulls can be found. You’ll be able to even get the hulls in plain white for customized portray.

Contained in the Hull

At all times dry the within of the hull between runs and retailer your boat with the hatch cowl eliminated so any trapped water can extra simply evaporate. Flush out your cooling system with clear water to make sure there is no such thing as a particles within the line. Examine the motor’s water jacket and the the remainder of the water-cooling tubing to make sure the jacket and connections are watertight. If you happen to want alternative tubing, it’s 5759. Lastly, affirm all of the {hardware} contained in the hull is tight.
Clean the water inlet
While you deliver your boat to shore, the rudder tends to run by the mud and muck within the shallows. It is vital to scrub out your water inlet earlier than the mud hardens and blocks the circulation of water. Pull the water tube off the highest of the rudder and run clear water by the system. It is best to get clear water flowing from the outlet within the hull and the inlet on the backside of the rudder. This may guarantee you’ve gotten a completely functioning cooling system the subsequent time you run the boat.

Inside the hull
After every run, dry the within of the hull and ensure the cooling system connections are watertight.

Drivetrain Upkeep

If you happen to’ve been maintaining with the Traxxas-recommended upkeep schedule, you’ve been lubricating your boat’s motor bearings with mild oil after every run and regreasing the flex cable each three runs (or each quarter-hour or so of on-throttle operation). If you happen to haven’t been doing that, now could be positively the time. Any mild oil is ok for bearing lubrication, however the flex cable requires heavy-duty waterproof grease. Use the real Traxxas marine grease included together with your boat to guarantee peak efficiency and most drivetrain life.

Loosening the collet
To take away the flex cable, first loosen the collet that secures the cable to the motor utilizing the equipped 10 mm wrenches. You don’t must unthread the collet totally, simply loosen it by a flip.
4-Tec Comparison Chart

Pull the prop straight out to extract the cable from the stuffing tube.

4-Tec Comparison Chart
You’ll discover a 5x8x0.5 mm PTFE washer on the flex cable. If it’s lacking or broken, change it utilizing half quantity 1985.

Apply marine grease
Earlier than you progress on to greasing and reinstalling the flex cable, apply Traxxas marine grease to the drive strut bearing.
Oil the driveline
A needle-tip bottle is right for exact oiling. Simply put a drop on the bearing and rotate the motor shaft to work it in.

Grease the prop shaft
Clear the cable then apply a liberal coat of Traxxas marine grease. Gloves aren’t important, however they certain make cleanup simpler. Reverse the cable elimination steps to reinstall it, and wipe off any extra grease that squeezes out on the drive strut.
Oil the driveline
One final step: examine the prop for harm. Only a nick can impression efficiency, so when unsure, change it. The Spartan and M41 each use the 5733 42×59 mm prop. A brand new prop will solely set you again about $5, so it’s cheap to maintain spares in your device package.

Strut and Rudder Adjustment

Rudder angle
A rudder angle of zero levels is really useful for each Spartan and M41. Simply loosen the adjustment screws to vary the setting if wanted or most popular. Altering the rudder angle results how a lot the rudder “lifts” the hull whereas cornering.

Grease the prop shaft
To regulate the Spartan’s strut, maintain a straightedge in opposition to the hull, align it beneath the strut, and observe the hole. The inventory setting of 4 mm units the strut parallel with the hull backside, which is right for the surface-piercing prop configuration. Tilting the strut down will submerge the prop extra and will assist efficiency when working your boat on a pair of 2s batteries as an alternative of 3s packs, however amp draw shall be elevated. Don’t tilt the strut previous a 2 mm hole, as efficiency will undergo.

M41 strut angle
The M41 consists of an alignment device that makes it straightforward to set the strut angle and top. Place the gauge on the sting of a flat desk so the rudder can hold beneath the tabletop. Loosen the screws strut angle and top screws, then place the hull on the desk and align the strut over the slot within the gauge with the setting you favor.

M41 strut angle
Every slot within the gauge is labeled by top and angle. The left-most slot provides you with the really useful beginning setup: a 2-degree angle with a top of 6 mm.

Adjustable trim tabs
The inventory setting for the M41’s trim tabs is parallel with the underside of the hull, and simply checked with a straightedge. If the angle must be adjusted, simply bend the tab with pliers. Or, set up the 5731X trim tab adjusters.

That’s every thing it is advisable learn about protecting your Spartan or M41 Widebody working its finest. As all the time, you probably have any questions or want extra data, give us a name at 1-888-TRAXXAS, or e-mail us at 24/7.


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