Of all the boats I have had the boat I miss the most is my Dumas Akula.
Why that boat?
Simple..dependability up until the point of hull degradation. Mine ran for a little over 4 year before I could no longer modify it and the glues holding it together no longer held. It is always nice to have one boat you can call upon for service that will never fail. So why was that boat so successful in my opinion.
Simplicity pure simplicity.
No ballast tank linkage to tinker with and adjust. No leaky vent valves. No depleting gas weight to compensate for. No bags to fiddle with.
2 servos, motor, esc, and receiver..thats it! Not to mention she could turn in a small pool with no problems.
Now that the Akula has been retired there has been an empty spot in my heart every time I go to our local meets at our friends pool. Solution! Make a dead simple kilo cylinder to get me back in the water. Lucky me I have a kilo hull sitting in the dust waiting for the last 2-3 yrs.. Almost like the real ones!
As you may have guessed this wtc is a very simple one. Only a basic dynamic diving sub. Something that could get anyone in the water at a super cheap price. If others are interested I may make this limited production. if not..I still got my new toy!
Here is what the prototype looks like. I have already found a few areas for improvement, but there is surprisingly lots of room in this boat with no ballast system to mess with.
So far I have set is at 2ft for over an hour with no leaks as well which is good considering the seals had to be made by hand