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FE Boat Maintenance

Although (Fast Electric) FE boat maintenance appears to be minimal, there are still specific requirements that should be done following every run or every couple runs. The small amount of items to be covered should be performed every run or every other run.

Drive Line Lubrication

On each run, one of the more important things to do is lubricate the shaft. This is a lot more important for hulls that produce more power. The best way to complete this task is to loosen the flex coupler at the motor end. This will release the flex cable and allow the assembly to be removed. Remove the assembly by pulling it out the rear of the boat from the prop shaft. Use a marine type grease and lubricate the entire flex shaft and prop shaft that will sit in the stinger/strut. Replace all parts and the driveline is ready for another run.

Check Over all Fasteners

Look over all fasteners on the boat after every run. Make certain they are all tight. If you have any issues keeping a screw tight and it does not need to be removed frequently, permanent Loc-Tite can be used. If the fastener must be removed frequently, a nylok nut should be used. If the screw is going in to a machined part and must be removed frequently, temporary Loc-Tite can be used.

If you have used Loc-Tite and it must be removed, heat will break down the bonds and allow the fastener to be removed

LiPo battery Maintenance

It is important to take proper care of the LiPo cells so that you may get the most out of them. During every run it is best to not discharge beyond 80% of the LiPos capacity. During every re-charge of the LiPo battery pack it is best to use a balancer and make certain all cells are balanced. To read more on LiPo cells visit the LiPo Cell Page.

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