Many around the world enjoy the thrill of a powerboat and many enjoy remote controlled vehicles, and by combining the two you have a great hobby and sport, remote controlled powerboats. The boats are based on their life-sized counterparts and are usually scaled down models. They are controlled by radio control and are either recreationally run or raced in the water. Some of the boats are as slow as tugs or cabin cruisers, and some as fast as actual speedboats, all depending on their engine power. The three main types of engines are electric, gasoline or nitro-powered.
Electric RC boats use six to twelve NiCad batteries. In general there are quieter and more eco-friendly than their gasoline or nitro cousins. These boats are most common in urban areas.
The Nitro-powered RC boats use nitro-methane for fuel and are not only faster than electric ones, but also have a longer run time. Hence they tend to be a little more expensive.
The Gasoline version is usually larger in size and is powered by 'weed whacker' engines. They have long run times and are less expensive to refuel.
With further modifications to hull shape and engine size these boats can achieve speeds of 55 to 65 mph. Of course the human controller also affects the performance and many organizations hold tournaments and racing championships to see whom the best racer out there is. The models can vary in size and some are as big as three feet in length.
With the formation of the International Model Power Boat association in 1949, RC motorboat racing has grown into a serious sport. The American organization focuses on Nitro and electric powerboat racing. All entries are to be based on IMPBA classifications. Other organizations include the North American Model Boat Association (NAMBA) and its sister enterprise in the UK, the Model Power Boat Association. These concentrate more on model building rather than solely racing. The World Organization for model shipbuilding is Naviga, though similar bodies are found in across the world in Denmark, Holland, Austria, Australia, Sweden, Germany and New Zealand. Clearly RC Power boats have grown into a popular hobby and sport worldwide.
These powerboats are meant to eye-catching and flashy. There are completely functional and assembled. Depending on their size you can use them in a pond, a pool or even large water bodies such as a lake or canal. They have gained fame for their superb maneuverability and explosive speed. With hi-tech gear like dual engines and propellers, to twin fan coolers or water-cooled engines, these boats are state of the art. Some even come with up to three speed gear change, others even have reverse!
Of course maintaining these boats is also a priority, and there are many accessories available to upgrade or repair your RC motor boat. From items like propeller balancers, fiberglass tape and steel flex cables to cable grease and wedge rudders; there are a wide variety of accessories available. With so many customizations available, this hobby can entertain you for hours on end.