Types of Remote Control Boats

By: Riz Davis

Remote control boats come in all shapes and sizes. Each type offers something different - sailboats are for lazy, relaxing afternoons, while racing boats offer an adrenaline rush to those who are looking for excitement.

Sport boats. Sport remote control boats are the most popular type among hobbyists.

Scale boats. These are replicas of full-size boats. Models can be only a few inches long, or weigh up to hundreds of pounds. The more skillful the builder, the more the model will resemble the original, with details such as planked decks, chrome or brass fittings, and cloth flags.

Sailboats. Like their full-size counterparts, remote control sailboats catch the wind with their sails to move around. Models are usually controlled with a multi-channel radio transmitter. Sailboats come in a wide range of sizes - some even tower over 4 feet above the water.

Racing boats. These boats are designed for maximum speed and maneuverability. There are two main types of racing hulls - three-point hydros and V-hulls, which require different water conditions.

Power boats. These are usually electric or internal combustion, while some are steam-powered. Powered remote control boats often have additional remote controlled functions to improve realism, such as sounding fog horns and rotating radar antennae. Power boats come in RTR (ready-to-run), ATR (almost ready-to-run), and kit versions.

Combat boats. Combat boats are an offshoot of the radio control model warships hobby that involves the firing of projectiles at opposing ships to sink or damage them. They are actually designed to be sinkable.

Airboats. These boats are powered by an airplane engine and prop mounted high above the stern. Their hull bottoms are, if not nearly, flat. Steering power may come from a water rudder, vanes on the fan, or both.

Deep V-Hulls. As their name suggests, these boats have hulls in the shape of a V, usually 150 degrees or less. They are capable of slicing through rough, choppy waters while maintaining their speed.

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