How to Choose Motor and ESC for Bait Boat?

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What Is a Bait Boat?

Carp fishing today is both extremely popular and very much focused on technology, with a lot of modern gear that has entered the market and found its way to the banks. Bait boats are a perfect example of the recent wave of technology in carp fishing.

Bait boats are small remote-controlled boats that carry your particles, as well as your end tackle and hookbait to a specific point on a carp venue. Their destination is usually an either hard to approach or a very distant fishing spot, which hence can be reached from land, thanks to this device.

How Does a Bait Boat Work?

Bait boats use rather sophisticated technology that, however, has become both widely available and fairly affordable on today’s market.

Essentially, the bait boat is navigated via the use of a handheld radio remote control, giving you the ability to send the loaded boat practically anywhere on any given venue. Of course, different models will have different signal ranges.

Most bait boats will either have one main, or two hoppers with opening and closing doors beneath them. The hoppers, depending on the model, can sometimes even be opened individually.

The hoppers’ loading capacity will also vary between different models. Some boats can only carry a smaller amount of feed, while others can carry out a few kilos at a time.

And lastly, some bait boats will have external rig droppers, allowing you to safely attach your end tackle to your bait boat.

When you’ve loaded up your bait boat with both feed and rig, you simply put it in the water and steer it to the intended fishing location using the remote.

What Type motor and ESCs are needed for Baitboat?

There are a certain number of fishing boats on the market that use traditional brushed motors. These motors have low cost. But they have less efficient, louder electrically noisy and shorter lifespan because brushes and commutators wear out. (check this blog of details comparison of brushed and brushless motors: What's the difference between a brushless motor and a regular motor?). So that more and more users turn to brushless motors and ESCs. 

Brushless motors offer several advantages over brushed DC motors, including high torque to weight ratio, increased efficiency producing more torque per watt, increased reliability, reduced noise, longer lifetime by eliminating brush and commutator erosion, elimination of ionizing sparks from the commutator, and an overall reduction of electromagnetic interference (EMI). With no windings on the rotor, they are not subjected to centrifugal forces, and because the windings are supported by the housing, they can be cooled by conduction, requiring no airflow inside the motor for cooling. This in turn means that the motor's internals can be entirely enclosed and protected from dirt or other foreign matter.

Brushless motor commutation can be implemented in software using a microcontroller, or may alternatively be implemented using analog or digital circuits. Commutation with electronics instead of brushes allows for greater flexibility and capabilities not available with brushed DC motors, including speed limiting, microstepping operation for slow and fine motion control, and a holding torque when stationary. Controller(ESC) software can be customized to the specific motor being used in the application, resulting in greater commutation efficiency.

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Model no

MTO3548-790-G 790KV

weight

156g

Max current

39.6A

Shaft

5mm

Li‐Po Cell

3-5Cells

Thrust

1650g

Stator size

Ф28.0X26.0mm

Motor size

Ф35x48.4mm

Model no

MTB60A-SBEC-SS

Brand

Maytech

Cont. A

60A

Net Weight

60g

Li‐Po Cell

2‐6Cells

SBEC Output

5.5V/6A

Size(mm)

(LxWxH)

52mm (L)x 32mm(W)x 12mm(H)

Feature

Forward/Reverse

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 Features and advantages:

◆ Use new generation of MOSFETs to make sure the ESC low heating and more

efficiency;

◆ Secondary submenu setting is easier to be programmed by MayTech LED

card;

◆ Adjustable BEC output 5.0V/5.5V/6V and continuous 5A current supplies

much stronger power for servos;

◆ Advance governor mode has the Harrier-Suprem V2 ESCs to keep motor

speed even though the load is changed;

◆ More optional motor timing setup and soft acceleration start-ups make the

motors run smoothly;

◆ Super smooth and accurate throttle linearity

◆ Supports high RPM motors, can match with most of the motors in RC market;

◆ Power arming protection (prevents the motor from accidentally running when

switched ON)

◆ New Advanced programming software

◆ Built-in Intelligent ESC Safety Functions:

  1. Over-heat protection: When the temperature of ESC exceeds 110 deg C,

the ESC will reduce the output power to allow it too cool.

  1. Lost Throttle signal protection: The ESC will automatically reduces

output power to the motor when it detects throttle signal loss for 2 second, a

subsequent loss of throttle signal beyond 2 seconds, will cause the ESC

automatically to cut power to the motor.

◆ All functions are programmable, to meet your specific needs, which makes it

very efficient and user friendly:

◆ User-programmable factory-default-setup restoration:

Factory Default:

Brake: OFF

Battery type Detect: LiPo with Automatic Cell

Low voltage cutoff threshold: Medium (3.0V/60%)

SBEC Voltage output: 5.0V

Motor Timing: 2°

Soft Acceleration Start Up: 30%

Governor mode: OFF

Motor Rotation: Forward

Low voltage cutoff type: Reduce power


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