How the Hull is Built
The steel hull is built in three sections. Two full length main sections provide floatation and a short center section contains all the mechanical and electrical components. There are ballast tanks at the rear of the outboard sections to level uneven loads.
An optional aluminum hull is available. It is a modified catamaran design and has five airtight sections on each side. The mechanical and electrical components are housed in the center enclosed section.
How the Steering System Works
The fly-by-wire steering system is an electric controlled hydraulic power steering system. The controller will be permanently mounted on a box which can be moved from RV to RV and temporarily attached to the RV steering wheel. It will be connected to the 12 volt boat power supply by cable.
When the system is powered up, the driver can move the toggle atop the controller either left or right. This action activates a motor which drives a hydraulic pump. There is a steering cylinder attached to the stern drive at the transom. Depending on which way the toggle was moved, the cylinder rod will either extend or retract, turning the stern drive either left or right. Moving the toggle to the center detent will return to straight forward.
How the Drive Train Works
The drive train consists of a pair of rollers for the left and the right motor home drive wheels. The rear rollers are the power rollers and the forward are the idler rollers, used only to keep the motor home cradled. Power is transferred from the motor home to the power rollers, then through a differential and out to a driveshaft connected to the stern drive . Whatever control put into the motor home, (accelerator, forward and reverse), is transferred directly to the stern drive. Reverse is also the brake. Steering is accomplished through a separate electric system.
How the Rollerboat is Loaded
Loading the motor home onto the Rollerboat is simple and safe. To do this, the bow is secured against the cement boat launch ramp with mooring lines, a small portable loading ramp is attached to the bow and then the motor home is backed on and into place. The ramp is removed, the mooring lines are untied and Rollerboat is ready to cruise.
Driving the Rollerboat
There is very little difference between land and water driving. Forward and reverse are the same as is the accelerator – reverse is your brake. Steering and braking are the main differences between land and water, that and the fact it is so much more relaxing. There are no traffic lights, no hills to climb, no traffic cops, just you, your good company and the quiet waters.