Getting Started with RC Boats – Everything You Need to Know
Remote controlled hobby toys are among some of the best toys available and are adored by people of all ages. Among the various RC toys on the market, remote-controlled boats have become increasingly popular.
Whether you have a need for speed or are looking for smooth sailing, there are some great RC boats out there for you to take to the waters. If you’re just getting started with operating RC boats, this article will teach you everything you need to know.
#1. Types of RC Boats
There are many different models of RC boats. Each one varies in its features, uses, and prices. RC boats are great for people of all ages and especially great for kids. Here are the most common types of remote-controlled boats:
Power Boat. These may be the most popular of the RC boats available. They are easy to operate which makes them great for beginners. If you’re just beginning, find a sport power boat. They don’t go nearly as fast as a racing boat which can help you as you begin learning the basic controls. The great thing about power boats is that they are affordable with most being less than $100.
Racing Boat. A racing boat is a type of powerboat but goes much faster. If you’ve mastered the basic controls of an RC power boat and are wanting a more exciting experience, a racing boat may be right for you.
Sailboat. If speed isn’t your thing, a calm, leisure, an RC sailboat may be up your alley. RC sailboats are powered by the wind, so you don’t have to worry about a motor or engine. These are great for beginners because they are low maintenance. RC sailboats aren’t always slow, though. Like power boats, there are both sport and racing sailboat models. Sailboats are often larger than other models and may cost you more, but they are a great choice
Mini. Limited on space? A mini RC boat will be perfect if you’re still looking to get into this hobby. Mini boats are great for swimming pools and small ponds. They operate similarly to other boats they are just smaller. A mini RC boat will be your cheapest option due to its size. You can expect to pay no more than $50 for a mini boat.
No matter what kind of RC boat experience you’re looking for, there is a boat out there that is catered to what you’re looking for. These are some of the most common boats but take a look online to see what else is out there.
#2. Safety Tips
Once you’ve chosen which RC boat will be best for you and made a purchase, you will want to make sure you are prepared to begin boating. The most important thing to remember as you’re operating a boat is to keep you and those around you safe. We’ve written some top safety tips to help get you started driving your new RC boat
- Keep the user manual close as you’re learning to drive your new boat. It’s filled with important information on the proper ways of operating your RC vehicle and prolonging its life.
- Before you launch your RC boat, check that your frequency is clear of any interference. If there are other RC boats being operated in the same area, use a dedicated frequency board to prevent any interference.
- RC boats can be difficult to chase down and recover. Make sure that your nitro or gas-powered RC boat is equipped with a fail-safe device. This will allow you to prevent your boat from getting out of control.
#3. Taking to the water
When driving your RC boat, be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when learning. Following the user manual will teach you how to drive your boat and most likely comes with photos. Always start with fresh batteries in the transmitter and receiver and practice basic maneuvering controls to confirm proper operation. You should quickly get the hang of driving as you begin feeling out the waters. RC boats are fun an exciting, so enjoy the learning process.
RC boats have become increasingly popular over the past few years and are an exciting hobby toy to use on the water. They can be used for fast racing or more relaxed sailing and can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. If you’re looking to pick up a new activity, consider purchasing an RC boat that you, your family, and friends can enjoy.