Radio Control Boats – A Beginner’s Guide

Radio Control Boats – A Beginner’s Guide

Radio Control Boats – A Beginner’s Guide

As a beginner buying radio control boats, it can sometimes prove difficult to know where to begin in finding the right one. Below is a guide to choosing and buying radio control boats that beginner radio control hobbyists should find useful.

When it comes to accessories for your radio control boat, you will require at least a 2-channel radio control system. You may opt for the stick type transmitters in which the left up/down lever controls the speed, while the right left/right lever controls the boat’s direction. There are also pistol-type radio control systems in which the throttle is controlled using a gun-like trigger, while you use a wheel to control the direction of your boat. Most ready to run – RTR radio control boats come complete with a 2-channel radio control system.

When it comes to speed, you could go for the fast nitro radio control boats which offer out-of-the-box speeds that range between 25-35 mph. Alternatively, you may opt for an electric radio control boat with an out of box speed of 15 – 20+ mph, which is not only fast, but noiseless as well. This will enable you to drive it in areas where nitro boats are not permitted due to noise ordinances. If its relaxation you are after, you may want to go for the RC sailboats instead

Nitro powered radio control boats can run for long periods of time and only require a quick refueling before getting back to the water. Depending on the size of the boat and the battery pack, electric powered radio control boats will normally run for 10-15 minutes. Smaller boats will on the other hand run for 30-45 minutes per battery pack. Sailboats depend only on the batteries for the radio control system, which normally lasts for half an hour to one hour per battery charge.


Colin Nelsen loves playing with RC toys, having grown up with them. His favorite ones are the radio control boats – of which he has over 10 different models, and he enjoys meeting other people who share his passion for RC.

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