Running remote controlled boats is a lot of fun, and you have some options to think about before you decide which to purchase, electric rc boats or gas rc boats. There are advantages and disadvantages of both.
Advantages of Electric RC Boats and Gas RC Boats
One of the first things to consider is the location where you will be running your boat, because gas rc boats are not allowed in some places.
If you’re looking at cost, you may want to consider getting electric rc boats instead of gas. A quality gas powered rc boat could cost anywhere from $200-$250, or more, while you can get an exceptional electric rc boat for around $30-$40.
Advantages of Electric RC Boats
Another advantage of an electric radio control boat is that they are quieter. If you chose electric remote control boats, one tip to extend the life of the electric motor is to run a cooling coil on the motor to remove any excess heat. The cooling coil fits like a jacket around the outside of your motor. Electric rc boats are generally easier to maintain than gas powered boats. In addition, remote-controlled electric boats are available in smaller sizes than gas powered boats, making them ideal for smaller ponds.
If you decide on electric rc boats; some tips to make your radio controlled electric boats go faster is to increase the number of battery cells on your boat which will give you higher voltage. A bigger prop will also make your boat go faster, but you should take care, because if you choose a prop that is too big, you can burn up your motor. You should carefully match your prop size with a prop usage chart, if you do decide to change the prop.
There are generally two type of gas rc boats:
1. gasoline powered and 2. nitro powered (powered by nitromethane). Some gas powered boats use a standard two-stroke gasoline engine similar to those found in ‘weed-eater’ garden tools. These engines are typically around 25cc, which provides quite a bit of power.
Gas RC boats are generally bigger, more powerful and noisy, than electric rc boats, but that’s what makes them fun. The size of your boat is guaranteed to turn heads at the local lake. The noise, smell and powerful wake thrown by your boat adds to the realism, and if there is any chop on the water at all, your gas powered boat will really hop.
Nitro powered rc boats are generally even faster than gas powered boats, but there are quite a few gasoline models that are comparable. Some nitro boats can run up to 50mph, giving you quite a thrill. Your nitro powered rc boat will throw out quite a rooster tail on the water, and generally these types of boats should be reserved for a more experienced rc boat hobbyist.
Whichever type of boat you choose, gas, electric rc boats, or nitro, rc boating is fun and exhilarating, and a great way to enjoy your time on the water. In general, I’d recommend starting out with electric rc boats, if you’re a beginner. As you progress in rc boating, you’ll naturally move from electric rc boats to gas rc boats, and then if you’re really interested in speed, or even racing, you may choose to move to a wicked fast nitro rc boat.