You?ve probably seen those ultra fast racing boats speeding over the waters of a lake and made a mental note to yourself that you?d like to try your hand at boat racing as well. If you have, maybe (RC) radio controlled boats are a hobby which would interest you. Unlike boat racing in manned boats, it is not a risky pursuit and you can make all manner of customizations to your radio controlled boat which would cost millions to perform on a full sized boat. It?s easy to get started in radio controlled boat racing and the cost is relatively low, at least when you?re just getting started. The enjoyment of the sport is more than worth the time and resources you?ll put into it. It?s a challenging and rewarding hobby and an exciting competitive sport.
Getting started with radio controlled boat racing is easy and doesn?t involve a lot of expense at first. The enjoyment you?ll get from this fascinating and exciting sport will repay your time and expense invested in the hobby many times over. This is a rewarding hobby which offers challenge and competition. You?ll compete with other radio controlled boat racers in competitions and with yourself as you work on making your radio controlled racing boat the best racing craft it can be. You can start off a little simpler though ? it?s probably best to begin by getting a pre-built radio controlled boat which you can start enjoying right away. You should also look into joining one of your local radio controlled boat clubs or racing organizations. These clubs host races and other events for radio controlled boat enthusiasts of every skill level using any type of radio controlled boat or engine.
When many people first get into the radio controlled boats world they start off with electric powered radio controlled boats as they tend to be the least expensive option. Whenever you get into a new hobby, it is always a good idea to start out small to see if it is something you want to continue on in a more dedicated fashion. Electric powered radio controlled boats run from $ 30 or less for the very entry level radio controlled boats to around $ 200 for higher end models, and they do not require you to buy and fill them with extra fuel. There is a wide range of manufacturers for electric powered radio controlled boats for any experience level and price range, and if you do a little research and ask around, you can easily find the right radio controlled boat for you.
Once you?ve become accustomed to radio controlled boat racing, you may want to move up to a more sophisticated model and check out some other designs and fuel systems. There are nitro powered radio controlled boats and gasoline powered radio controlled boats as well as electric radio controlled boats. Each has its own set of pros and cons and different radio controlled boat hobbyists prefer different styles. If you?re just looking for a radio controlled boat for the occasional weekend enjoyment, then a gas powered radio controlled boat is likely the best option. Gas powered radio controlled boats use a gasoline and oil mixture as fuel; it?s readily available and less expensive than nitro, as well as providing the longest run time. These are the most common type of radio controlled boats, so it?s easy to find the materials and information you need to do your own modifications on your radio controlled boat. Nitro methane (or simply nitro) is a higher performance fuel but also more expensive. However, it is a favorite of serious radio controlled boat racers because of the much higher speeds reached by nitro powered radio controlled boats. Electric powered radio controlled boats can?t achieve the speeds of gas or nitro powered radio controlled boats, but make a solid choice for beginners and casual RC hobbyists. An electric radio controlled boat can travel at speeds from 5 to 35 mph, gas boats 65 mph and sometimes higher and nitro powered radio controlled boats can sometimes reach speeds of over 100 mph.
When it comes to hull designs, there are quite a lot to choose from. A good starting point for most beginning radio controlled boaters would be the V hull (also known as a mono hull), which as the name might suggest has a hull in the shape of a V for greater slicing through the water, or catamaran, which has two large sponsons that run along the length of the radio controlled boat and provide floatation and stability. Other types include hydros, aka tunnel hulls, which use specifically placed full length sponsons to create a cushion or tunnel of air that helps increase the speed of the radio controlled boat and outriggers, which come in 3 point, 4 point and multi point suspension varieties and all have partial radio controlled boat length sponsons held out to the side of the craft.
If you?re just getting started with this hobby, you may be looking for some advice on what type of radio controlled boat to purchase. Gas powered Expresscraft brand boats are very popular, though they are not one of the cheaper options.; If you?re not yet sure how committed you are to radio controlled boat racing, you may want to get an inexpensive electric powered model (available at nearly any hobby shop) to start and get a feel for the hobby first. If you do catch the radio controlled boat bug, then the Expresscraft line of radio controlled boats, Venom Boats and Arrow Shark radio controlled boats are all good choices. Venom and Arrow Shark are foreign brands and may be harder to find in shops, but you can easily find these radio controlled boats online. These are all excellent radio controlled boats which are suitable for beginners and experts alike. A gas powered catamaran or V hull is a good choice; just make sure that the manufacturer is reputable before buying. Don?t be afraid to ask questions and if possible, ask the staff at shops about any personal experience that have with their wares. First hand reviews and recommendations are always valuable.
Once you get farther into the world of radio controlled boat racing, you can begin to customize many different parts of the craft beyond just their physical form and fuel systems. The key to any successful radio controlled boat is its electronic signal transmission system. The more powerful the signal, the greater the range of your radio controlled boat. You can modify a radio controlled boat?s transmitters and receivers, as well as its receiver crystals. You can also customize all the different parts of your radio controlled boat including its motion servos, propellers, and any other physical design component for greater speed, agility, range and stability. The possibilities are nearly endless, limited only by your budget and your creativity.
Radio controlled boats can be a fun way to spend a summer afternoon or an all consuming passion, but however far you choose to go, there is plenty of information out there and other interested people eager to share it with you. If you are thinking of getting involved in radio controlled boating, you should check around to see if there is a club or association near you.
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