Electric remote control boat… for speed or pleasure?
There are many models of electric remote control boats to choose from. It's up to you to decide whether you prefer to speed along the river or go for a gentle ride on a lake. The body of water where you intend to take your boat is an important factor when choosing the model. If you have a need for speed, then a monohull boat will do the trick. With its V-shaped body, it's capable of sailing in adverse weather conditions (rain, wind, etc.) and keeping its head above water in the face of the current. Monohulls are the most agile, easy to handle, and therefore less likely to roll over. If you want to go fast and make big waves, then make your selection from this group. The top speed of entry-level monohulls is 30 km/h. For a little more speed, look for the widely available Brushless electrically powered radio-controlled boat that can go up to 50 km/h. Bear in mind that above these speeds, your boat will be more difficult to handle and therefore require more experience to pilot.
The hydroplane boat is characterised by its two sponsons, which look like two mini-hulls placed on either side of the body. This provides greater stability and also increases speed, as there is less friction with the surface of the water because of the elevated body of the boat. Note, however, that a hydroplane is best suited to calm waters. The catamaran is also a stable option thanks to its two hulls on either side of its body. Its impressive design with upright sails is bound to win you over, and it will stay stable even in strong winds and rough waters. Radio-controlled sailboats are especially appealing to those who like to take their time making ripples and waves and who are less attracted to speed. This type of boat uses the force of the wind to propel itself, like the 1:1 scale sailboat. Here, the remote control is only used to control the sail, direction and choosing the angle of rotation. Good sailing knowledge is required and the choice of controller should not be overlooked. In addition, pay attention to the signal range of the radio control, bearing in mind that a pilot must have a clear view of the boat in all situations. At Scientific-MHD, we recommend you choose remotes with a minimum range of 250 metres. Some models work with remotes that have a range of 300 metres or more.
The battery life of the Electric remote control boat is essential
Before making your choice, you should also consider the size of your radio-controlled boat. On average, the most common boats are 17 inches (about 43 cm) long and easily transportable. Some are up to 36 inches/about 90 cm and are designed to navigate large bodies of water such as lakes, with greater capabilities in terms of stability and range. The battery life is therefore one of the most important factors to consider. How long will you be able to sail on the water? The cheapest models provide 10 to 15 minutes of sailing time, and the most expensive ones up to 30 minutes on a single charge. It's best to choose a radio-controlled boat model with a removable battery if you want to prolong your time on the water. What's more, with multiple batteries, time is no longer a constraint if you have a good charger that you can take with you to recharge when needed.
Some models don't offer this option and can only be charged on the mains at home. Here, opt for a radio-controlled boat with a charger that plugs into the mains (220 V) and 12 volts. If you buy a charger more powerful than the one that came with your boat, avoid models that work only on 12 V since they plug into a cigarette lighter or a car battery.