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Radio Controlled Boats - What is best: Electric vs. Gas vs. Nitro?

If you are interested in radio controlled boat racing, you'll soon realize that you need to choose between three source of power. The most basic models out there are radio controlled boats that run on electricity, and while they are the cheapest on the market with no fuel concerns that you need to worry about, they are far from the only one out there. Gas powered radio controlled boats run on a mix of standard automobile gasoline and oil are also fairly reasonable and though they are considered something of an investment, they are still quite smooth to run and make a reliable moderately priced choice.

When you are ready to spend more money on the hobby, take some time and check out the nitro powered radio controlled boats, which are propelled by a nitro methane mixture. They run faster than the electric powered radio controlled boats and they tend to be much more expensive than the gas powered radio controlled boats. Keep in mind, though, that their fuel is more expensive and has a short shelf life. All three of these types of radio controlled boats have advantages and disadvantages so take a look and see which one is right or you.

If you are just getting started with radio controlled boats, there are many people that say that you should start with electric controlled models. Their fuel is cheap, they don't have extensive maintenance costs and they are fairly inexpensive. Also keep in mind the fact that they can be customized fairly easily and that you can buy models that suit your need to create or to construct. You can get them in the form of kits or radio controlled boats that are ready to go. You can expect to pay between thirty and two hundred dollars for an electric radio controlled boat, depending on the features and the quality that you are after.

When you want to make sure that you have a radio controlled boat that is easy to work with and that is very reliable, electric radio controlled boats are great. You can run them off of the same batteries that RC cars are run off of, which are 6 to 21 cell rechargeable NiCad battery packs. These radio controlled boats will also run much quieter than either nitro powered or gas powered radio controlled boats, which are great when you are running them in the city or near other people's houses.

You can usually expect a standard electric powered radio controlled boat to hit speeds of between 15 and 25 miles an hour. The main drawback to keep in mind with them is that they do tend to get slower as the batteries drain and they lose power. Of course, with a big bag of replacement batteries on hand on race day, this should be no problem.

When you want an option that is a bit more middle of the road, look at gas powered radio controlled boats. Depending on your radio controlled boat, you may end up using different mixes of gasoline to oil. Gas radio controlled boats tend to be larger and they have ?weed whacker? engines, meaning that while they do tend towards the longer run times, they can b a bit on the loud side. They can also achieve speeds that are upwards of 40 to 65 miles, though and they can run for more than half an hour on a single tank. When you are looking at racing, these are the radio controlled boats that you will tend to see. If you stay in the radio controlled boat hobby, you will probably try a gas powered radio controlled boat at some point or another.

When you are ready to spend some serious cash, you may want to take a look at nitro radio controlled boats. These radio controlled boats run on a nitro-methane fuel, and though their running time is just around 15 minutes or so, they can achieve speeds of 30 to more than 100 miles an hour. These are the radio controlled boats that have set the world records in this sport. On the whole, nitro radio controlled boats tend to be smaller and more compact, setting a great standard for maneuverability. You do need to keep in mind, though, that the fuel for this type of radio controlled boat can run up to 15 dollars per gallon. These radio controlled boats are also a larger expenditure of cash up front, but if you want a radio controlled boat that is highly responsive and fast, this is the way to go.

So which model is going to be best for you? The truth is that the answer depends n what you want to do. If you are just using your radio controlled boat casually on the weekends, check out the electric or gasoline fueled radio controlled cars. This way, you won't need to worry about storing volatile fuels or in investing a fair amount of cash. You can simply take your radio controlled boat out of the box and take it for a spin.

If you want to get involve with racing radio controlled boats, you'll discover that the gas powered radio controlled boat is a good choice. They are great for high speeds and long runs, and they are also easy to customize with speed and performance in mind. They are also perfect if you have some cash to spend but don't like the routine purchase of pricey fuel.

When you want a nitro radio controlled boat, you are going to be getting some impressive modeling and ultrahigh performance. These engines are expensive, but if you are someone who has an intense need for speed, this is the way to go.

If you are looking to get involved in radio controlled boating, the best thing you can do is get online or go to a hobby shop and do some research of your own. Before you buy, talk to people who have the type of radio controlled boats you are interested in, and maybe even see if they will let you give one of their radio controlled boats a spin.

There are many radio controlled boating organizations and clubs all around the country who are always happy to welcome interested people and answer their questions, and through these groups, you can even find races and competitions where you can meet up with others who find radio controlled boating just as thrilling as you do.


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