Classification of RC boats
As far as the classification of these boats is concerned, there are several categories. One refers to the overall use, such as the racers or sport boats. Other refers to the fuel that powers the boat.
Motor types used in RC Boats
Three types of motors are used to drive the boats which are electric, gas and nitro. Most popular are the electric radio controlled boats, may be because of the fact that they are better for children and starters. On the other hand, gas and nitro boats offer extended running time and speed. Gas boats require only a receiver battery pack and a means to start the motor which is usually a pull-start. Electric boat requires an electric motor, a variable component e.g. resistor or tuning capacitor, a reduction gearbox for driving the output arm, and cells (usually 6).
RC Model Boats Fuel
Regular car gas is used in the gas boats with the mixing of oil in the fuel. In Nitro boats, Nitro-Methane is used as the fuel.
Caution: Be very careful while near the fuel sources.
Designs of RC Boats
You may find remote control boats in all shapes, models and different sizes. Every type has some different features and attractions. For example, sailboats are meant for relaxing times, on the other hand racing model boats offer stunning excitement for the enthusiasts.
However, there are three main types of hulls found on radio controlled boats. Those hull types are monoplane, the catamaran, and the hydroplane. Usually, hydroplanes or catamaran are the fastest radio controlled boats. The scale models of the actual watercraft are found to be the best. Other popular designs are pirate ships, replicas of warships, and full-size professional speed boats.
Let's have a look at some different RC model boats.
Sports Boats: When it comes to popularity, sports RC boats are on top of the list of the hobbyists.
Racing boats: Racing boats are typically designed for high speeds and maneuverability. The "three-point hydros" and "V-hulls" are the main types of hulls meant for racing; each requires altogether varied kind of water conditions.
Scale Boats: These are the imitations of full-size boats, which may be only a few inches long or may be having weight of hundreds of pounds. The resemblance of these ships with the original ones depends on how skillful is the builder.
Airboats: These are the most interesting RC boats having an aircraft engine motor and propeller is mounted at the high stern level and have almost flat hull bottoms. Either a water rudder or panes on the fan or together they both provide the steering power.
Sail boats: Like the original sail boats, RC sail boats also catch the wind with their sails to move around. Multi-channel radio transmitter is usually used to control these model boats.
Power boats: In order to enjoy the features of the real boats e.g. sounding fog horns and rotating radar antennae, additional remote controlled functions are usually offered. Mostly these boats are electric or internal combustion, but some steam-powered boats are also available.
Deep V-Hulls: These boats have the capability of steering through high wave waters while keeping the speed maintained. Usually 150 degrees or less V shaped hulls are used in these types of boats.
How to choose the RC boat
Different RC boats are available in the market. The right selection is very important for a successful investment and purchase. While choosing a remote controlled boat, one must know that the maintenance of electric boats is rather easier as compared to both the nitro and gas radio controlled boats. Gas engines are a little bit more complicated mechanically. In addition, they also have spark plugs and magnetos.
How to drive the RC boat
Similarly, one needs a little more skill and talent to control the nitro and gas boats. As it is mentioned earlier that initially electric boats even look too fast to control. But as soon as you get experienced and have completed that learning curve, you become able to control the faster nitro and gas RC boats and thus you may achieve the heights of enjoyment of this exciting activity.
Remember! A crash may result in spoiling not only your RC boat, but also your fun time. A little discipline can take you all the way. Take you time and teach your children the importance of patience and nerve control which is highly required for this exciting activity. Slow and steady wins the race. So in the beginning, take it slow. It is not the time to go for speed; it is the time to learn the skills and techniques associated with the usage of radio controlled boats.