Rc Boats - General
RC Boats, in general, are one of the most exciting forms of RC Toys and models available today. Irrespective of how old you are, you will find that RC boats are ageless, in the kind of people they attract. Whether you are looking for a wonderful twist to that weekend picnic, competing against others in your favourite hobby or simply spending some time with your loved ones, there are few better ways to do so than with these general RC boats.
Build Time for RC Boats
In general, RC boats are available in three different formats, on the basis of the kind of build time & expertise that is involved. There are RTR - Ready to Run Models that can simply be pulled out of the box and taken to the water. While in some cases, you might be required to do some assembly, it is usually minor and at most, will take a few hours. If you are looking for something that requires more assembly, you can buy an almost RTR model, which may require enough assembly to keep you busy for a day or two.
If, however, you love building things or your general RC boat to be a project for yourself or your child, get a model kit. Completely dismantled at the start, these kits require you to put together almost everything that goes into that RC boat.
Now on the basis of the power station within these RC Boats, you can pick any one of three options, again. The first is the simplest and most basic of all engines - the electric motor. The electric motor runs solely on battery power and depending on the size of the batteries and the size of the engine, your motor will be restricted in terms of power. These are the least fussy of all general RC boats and you are likely to find them the easiest to control and get accustomed to, if you haven't been in this RC Hobby before.
The next version is the RC Gas Boats that run on gasoline! These boats run on internal combustion engines similar to that in your car or motorbike. While smaller, these engines produce considerable power considering they are pulling just tiny RC boat models, with their 1 or 2 cc engines. While you can always opt for a bigger engine, you need to know what you are doing.
The final kind are the Nitro RC Boats. These engines run on a mixture of gasoline, nitromethane and a flammable mixture of wax, gasoline and other flammable substances. These general nitro RC boats are also run on internal combustion engines but the nature of the fuel causes them to release more power.
Design of RC Boats
Once you have made your choices on the basis of build time and engine-type, you need to move towards the beauty aspect. In general, RC boats are available in many shapes and sizes however the most popular variety are the replicas of real-life ships, old and new. You can get a RC Warship that looks just like the Bismarck or a ocean liner replica of the Queen Mary or even a racer like the XRS series of boats.
If functionality is more important, then many manufacturers produce their own designs in general RC boats that serve a variety of purposes. There are many that look like RC Work Boats such as RC Tug Boats and RC Fishing Boat while a RC Submarine and RC Jet Skis are also quite popular.
When you buy any RC boat in general, you will come across maintenance as a necessity. All RC boats need to be maintained and that means that you need to ensure that you have the tools and equipment, along with the expertise, required to keep your RC boat in great running condition.
Electric RC boats, in general, do not require too much maintenance and regular cleaning and dusting should be sufficient to keep damaging elements out of the RC boat. However, both gas and nitro powered RC boats require a lot of general maintenance even if stored away. You need to regularly pull them out and clean them up completely, as they run on fuels that can be quite hazardous if handled carelessly.
Where to Run
So, now you've bought that RC boat but are wondering where to run it? Depending on the size of your boat, you can go to any water body, lakes, ponds or even pools, where they will fit. While there isn't usually any restriction on the boats, there might be laws against using certain radio frequencies in certain areas. Usually, most Radio Controllers are already configured in CB Radio - Citizens Band Radio frequencies. That ensures there is no trouble!
If you are looking for other people who may be interested in running these RC Boats with you, then you can find numerous RC Clubs around the world where such people meet and share their experiences and knowledge. These clubs also organize competitions from time-to-time, allowing you to pit your skills against others in a variety of challenges.
Generally, RC boats are a wonderful hobby for those who are interested in it. Whether you are looking for something to do in your spare time or something serious to pursue, RC boats have everything you need. So just go out there, get the model you want and get started in the wonderful world of RC boats.