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TYPE OF RC BOATS

 

ELECTRIC BOATS

 

The hobby of RC boats has four main categories: Nitro, Gas, Sail, and Electric.

 

 

The advantage of electric is the ease of maintenance, the relatively cheap price, and the quite electric motor which allows you to play without disturbing other people.

 

Electric RC Boats

 

Also if you already have an Electric RC Car, you can use the motor, battery pack, and battery charger for an electric boat.

 

 

 

Speed

How fast does it go? The basic entry level, ready to run boat kits can go 15 - 20 mph. This is already very fast, especially if this is your first time with the hobby.

 

And as you skill level progresses, you can upgrade to fast motors and higher voltage batteries to increase speed and excitement. But definitely, a 15 mph r/c boat inside a swimming pool will feel as if it is traveling 40 mph.

 

Manufacturers

Some well known manufacturer of Electric RC Boats are CEN, Nikko, Megatech, and Traxxas. If you are looking for "toy" boats, then go for a Nikko. If you are looking for a cheap and fast boat, then go for the CEN. And if you love the true hobby quality boats, then go for a Traxxas.

 

Side By Side Comparison

Below is a table comparing the popular Electric RC Boat models.

 

 

CEN Grey Thunder 775

Nikko Ripper

Megatech H20 Speedboat

Ready to Run

Yes

Yes

Yes

Radio Control

Mirage III Pistol

27, 49MHz

 

Length

32.28"

10.5"

9"

Speed

20 mph

-

15 mph

Required Accessories (not included in kit)

7.2 volt battery pack (2 units)

Battery charger

4 AA for boat

9volt for transmitter

 

 

Next is a side by side comparison of popular Traxxas rc boats.  Here is a short review of each model.

 

Traxxas Blast

Traxxas Villain IV

Traxxas Villain EX

Ready to Run

Yes

Yes

Yes

Radio Control

27 MHz "stick"

27 MHz "stick"

TQ™ Radio System "Pistol"

Motor

Stinger 20 turn

Twin Stinger 20 turn

Twin Titan™ 550 Marine Fan-Cooled Motors

Length

23.75"

31"

31"

Speed

-

-

-

Required Accessories (not included in kit)

7.2 volt battery pack

Battery charger

8 AA size batteries for transmitter

Two 7.2 volt battery packs

Battery charger

8 AA size batteries for transmitter

Two 7.2 volt battery packs

Battery charger

8 AA size batteries for transmitter

 

Traxxas ready to run RC boats are really high quality. The Traxxas Blast is a singe motor, while the larger Traxxas Villain IV and Traxxas Villain EX are both dual motor. And in terms of pure performance, the Villain EX is best among all the Traxxas Electric RC Boats.

 

NITRO & GAS BOAT

 

The fuel used in Nitro Boat is a special hobby blend of nitro / methanol / lubricating oil that is specifically designed for nitro marine type engines.

 


On the other hand, Gas RC Boat or a "Gasoline RC Boat", the fuel used is a mix of gasoline and oil. The engine (e.g. Zenoah) is similar to a lawnmower or weedwacker engine.

 

Which is Better, Nitro RC Boat or Gas RC Boats

Nitro RC Boats are generally faster but the run time is shorter. The nitro fuel is also more expensive than the regular gasoline / oil mixture used by gas boats.

 

Gas RC Boats have much longer run times, but are usually slower and more expensive. However it is cheaper to operate in the long run because gasoline is much cheaper than nitro fuel.

 

3 Factors To Consider About Nitro RC Boats

Speed, noise, and maintenance are important factors to consider. Before buying, make sure you have enough wide open space, as these boats reach 30 miles per hour.

 

 

Also consider the noise factor. There are areas where nitro boats are not allowed because of the loud noise. Check with your local city ordinance or village homeowners association.

 

 

Finally, nitro boats have engines that require some tuning skills. Unlike electric boats where you simply plug the battery and play, a nitro marine engine has a carburetor, fuel filter, air filter, cooling head, and a tuned pipe. All these must work properly in order for your engine to run. Weather conditions and temperature will also have an effect on engine tuning.

 

RC Boat Nitro - Popular Models

Once you have made the decision, here are some of the best and popular nitro powered speed boats.

 

CEN uses the term "gas powered" or GP to describe their nitro powered boats. Popular is the 1/10 CEN Grey Thunder and the faster 1/10 CEN Nitro Aqua Jet.

RC Boat Nitro
 

Traxxas is the manufacturer of the incredibly popular Traxxas Nitro Vee. This is a nitro boat that has the Return To Shore system. 

RC Boat Nitro Traxxas

 

Should the nitro engine stall or run out of fuel, a backup electric motor will bring your boat safely back to shore.

 

Most ready to run nitro boats come complete with the boat, engine, and 2 channel radio control system. Extra items you may need are:

  • AA sized batteries for the radio control system. 

  • Fuel designed for nitro marine engines.

  • Fuel bottle.

  • Glow plug igniter.

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