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Hobby RC Boats and Other Watercraft Models and Kits

Take your favorite hobby onto and under the water with an RC watercraft. Enjoy miniature car or truck for the sheer thrill of high speeds and great maneuverability. Build your dream vessel, and for the advanced hobbyist, competitive racing will challenge your RC skills and knowledge.

What are RC watercraft?

RC stands for radio control, and it’s a hobby that challenges enthusiasts to build vehicles and guide them remotely, often at high speeds and over challenging terrains or surfaces. These vehicles include boats and other watercraft. These water vessels are fully or somewhat submersible and able to be propelled through the water. There are many different options available ranging from starter kits to advanced racing vessels from leading brands like:

  • AquaCraft
  • Hobby Engine
  • Kyosho
  • MX Racing
  • Pro Boat
  • Traxxas
Is there a difference between models and kits?

The terms can be used interchangeably both among hobbyists and in marketing. Generally, though, the term kit implies that some assembly is required and that the package includes accessories and other parts beyond the water vessel itself. Stand-alone models can be purchased unassembled as well but are often available in ready-to-run and almost-ready-to-run configurations.

What is an RC watercraft starter kit?

Participating in RC hobbies requires much more than just a vehicle. You need a radio system, electronics, a power source, and so forth. Starter kits are aimed at new enthusiasts and include everything or at least almost everything needed to get out on the water. Starter kits often include:

  • A water vessel
  • A servomotor
  • A transmitter and receiver
  • A nitro engine or electric motor
  • A nitro fuel bottle or battery
  • An electronic speed controller if applicable
Do scales apply to RC watercraft?

RC water vessels are usually measured in terms of overall length, so a vessel that measures 29 inches from bow to stern is sold as a 29-inch model. Parts and accessories will often indicate a length range if relevant, such as 18 to 22 inches. When it comes to RC watercraft, use of scale is generally reserved for vessels modeled after real-life versions. Therefore, scale is used less for classification and more to indicate the size relationship between a replica and a subject.

Where can RC watercraft be run?

Radio-controlled watercraft can be driven almost anywhere real vessels can as well as many smaller bodies of water where real vessels would never fit. Be mindful that there are safety concerns, so these vessels should never be operated near swimmers, and fresh water is generally preferred since salt can add to your maintenance responsibilities considerably. Some options include:

  • Lakes
  • Freshwater ponds
  • Swimming pools
  • Man-made racing pools
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