LiteHawk CHAMPION - Maintenance and Storage.
When you have finished playing with your Champion, disconnect the battery and switch off the transmitter. Remove the battery from the boat and leave the hatch off to allow moisture to completely evaporate. When completely dry, reinstall the hatch and store the boat away. You should fully recharge the battery once it has cooled down, and store it free of the boat. If storing for a long period, you should remove the batteries from the transmitter as well. Every 3 months or so a top up charge for the battery is recommended as well. If you have been running in salt water, you should clear the cooling lines of the water by blowing on the discharge hose until clear.
After the 2nd or 3rd time you use your boat. You should lubricate your flex /drive shaft for smooth running and keeping the shaft tube water tight. You will need 2 10mm wrenches. The Champion has a metal double nut coupler with a single grub screw attaching it to the motor shaft. Leave the grub screw alone unless removing the motor.
you need 2 wrenches to loosen the nuts, then totally loosen off the nuts.
Grasp the propeller and carefully pull the shaft out of the coupler, and about 3/4 of the way out of the boat.
Wipe off any old grease, and apply a small dab of axle, or marine grease to the flex shaft and spread it over the length.. it doesn't take very much at all.
Then reassemble in reverse order, fully inserting the shaft back into the coupler and tightening it back up. You should be all ready for you next run!
LiteHawk CHAMPION- Balloon
This is the last hope.. hail Mary.. Safety, flotation Device. If every thing else fails, you don't want to be with out this little device. Just a small breath of air, don't blow it up, and it will keep your boat afloat, instead of hiding in Davey Jones's locker. A forgotten Hatch gasket, or forget to put the Drain plug back in the Transom. Maybe you didn't secure the Flex shaft correctly, and it came right out of the boat. All of these have happened to more than 1 person and the ones with out the balloon all sank like a stone! So, protect your investment and secure it to one of the forward stanchions with the with the zip tie provided. A ping pong ball will work just as well, but the Red Balloon looks a lot nicer!