More thrills with an RC gas powered engine boat
Some people take pleasure in learning how to drive in water. Others are passionate about each and every aspect of the model, especially the mechanics. As far as radio-controlled boats with electric motors are concerned, they are usually delivered ready to use out of the box. While a radio-controlled boat with an internal combustion engine is often distributed fully assembled, it can also be found in kit form, allowing you to make adjustments to suit your needs and wishes. This will give you the creative freedom not only in the water, but also in the workshop... This type of boat runs on a gas specially designed for model engines, and you can use it for extended periods by topping the tank up as and when needed. An electrically powered boat charging time and battery life is limited and you may be required to carry several batteries to extend your sailing sessions. Although these boats are noisier and may give off odours or smoke (therefore reserved for outdoor use), the radio-controlled boat with its gas powered engine is closer to a real boat and therefore provides a greater sense of control. Hit speeds of up to 80 km/h! For some, the gas powered boat is more authentic, and more like the boats used in competitions.
Maintenance of a remote controlled boat with an internal combustion engine
Taking care of your gas powered RC boat is important to protect it from corrosion, which is the primary culprit and cause of damage, especially when invisible to the naked eye. Imagine micro-cracks appearing in the hull! We recommend rinsing your boat with clear water and a little soap, then drying it with a clean cloth. After each use, it is also important to check that there is not any water on the bottom of the hold or on the radio control elements inside. Even if your hull is watertight, some water may still get in. It is absolutely necessary for your boat's life span to turn the hull upside down and get any water out that may have trickled in. As far as the metal parts are concerned, remember to lubricate them from time to time with marine grease, especially the propeller shaft (or stern tube, drive shaft). And ideally, with a radio-controlled boat equipped with an internal combustion engine, we encourage you to empty the tank and clean the engine regularly to prevent it from clogging up. This will increase its life span.
Some safety tips for using your remote control boat
This activity, whether for leisure or competition, requires some precautions to avoid accidents. Some important things should be considered even if they may seem irrelevant at first. It is essential to keep in mind that a radio-controlled boat should not be operated while people are in the water. Avoid using your boat near swimmers, as your boat's propellers are made of metal or hard plastic. Although they are invisible on the water's surface, when travelling at 50 km/h, these propellers can injure someone by cutting their skin or grazing their head. Be mindful of your own safety, too. However much you love your boat, you should never go into the water to retrieve it if it has stopped or is out of control reach. It is dangerous to hold your boat or anyone else's while it is running as the propellers could injure you. It is also advisable to adjust the carburettor of your internal combustion engine on shore before driving your boat away, because if the engine stalls, you will need to recover it in the middle of the lake or open sea. Unlike an electric motor, a gas engine can stall at any time and so be prepared for this inconvenience.