You have always admired guys who stand at the pond with transmitters in their hands, watching their boats tackle the waves. And you want to get into RC boating too. But you don’t know anything about RC boats.
Don’t worry. I have all the information you need.
1. First, figure out what type of RC boat you want
You see, different people get into RC boats for various reasons. As a consequence, there are different types of RC boats. Figure out what your passion is, and buy the boat that aligns with it. The different types of RC boats include:
i) Scale boats
If you are thrilled by the idea of owning an RC boat that is the replica of a particular full-size boat you admire, then scale boats might be your thing. They are miniaturized versions of real boats.
Sailboats rely on the wind to propel them forward by impacting on their sails. You use your radio transmitter to control the sail and the rudder.
iii) Racing sailboats
But if you crave deeper excitement, consider a racing sailboat. With a racing sailboat, you can participate in boating regattas and maximize your pleasure by interacting with other enthusiasts.
You might also be interested in racing power boats, combat warships, or tugboats.
2. Hulls matter
The shape of a boat’s hull will determine how well it operates. There are three main hull types you should keep in mind: monohulls, hydroplanes, and catamarans.
Monohulls look like most full-size boats. They have a single body shaped like a V. Monohulls are flexible and quick on the water. Plus, they are the best RC boats you can have in rougher weather conditions. They are stable in rough water because their V design helps them to handle the impact of bigger waves.
Hydroplanes look like a dual-pronged fork. They have trouble turning left because they are designed for oval racing. Also, they are not suited for operating on rough waters.
Catamarans look like off-shore race boats, with their two sponsons attached to either side of the hull. The wider hull gives them more stability than monohulls. But they are slower. Also, catamarans can’t compete with monohulls in deeper waters because they have a smaller draft than monohulls.
3. Salty water is dangerous
One of the constant threats to an RC boat’s life is corrosion. Salty water is twice as corrosive as fresh water. It contains water and sodium chloride, which re both corrosive substances.
So after taking your new boat out on a saline water body, clean it well with fresh water and a neutral base soap. After cleaning it, dry every part. And always ensure to oil the metallic parts when you put away your boat.
4. Seal all openings
Inspect your boat before launching it on the water. Are any of the screws loose? Tighten them. For one, you don’t want them detaching when the boat is on the water.
But mainly, you want to ensure there are no holes or openings through which water can enter the inner spaces of the boat.
As we have established, water is corrosive. And there is no worse place for water to be exerting its destructive power on than the inner parts of your boat. The electrical components are especially vulnerable.
5. Take care of the battery
Don’t overcharge the battery. When it’s full, unplug it because it might explode otherwise. Store the battery in a cool, dry place, not exposed to direct sunlight or heat. Your RC boat runs on battery power (if not gas or nitro), so it’s wise to care for the battery.
6. Always check that the frequency is clear
You may not know this, but sometimes two boat users can find themselves operating their respective boats on the same frequency. This causes confusion as the boats begin to respond to each other’s remote-transmitted commands. And you both lose control over your boats.
It’s good etiquette to ask other boaters in the vicinity what frequency they are using to ensure you avoid such chaos.
You can also purchase a frequency checker. This device can scan up to thirty channels, and displays the frequencies currently in use on a LED display.
7. Carry out range checks
Range checks are especially important if your boat is new. These are tests you carry out to determine whether the transmitter and the receiver and all the boat’s commands are operating as they should.
Range checks confirm that you have full control of the boat. You carry out a ground test to determine how far the boat can go from you without the transmitter losing the signal. After that, you carry out test passes on the water.
You will learn more about RC boats once you start operating one. But for now, these tips will help you break into the hobby.