There are two types of RC sailboats. There is a gas engine and an electric one. Before you consider purchasing either of them there are some things to consider. The first thing is your budget. Bear in mind that the initial cost may not be the only expense related to this hobby. In gas powered sailboats you will have the expense of fuel costs and with prices as they are you might want to think twice. Even electric sailboats will have expenses over the initial costs such as batteries and maintenance. Consider repair costs as well as replacement costs should your RC boat be wrecked or damaged.
An electric RC sailboats might be for you and for a cheaper price. It would be cheaper since there are no fuel, such as nitro and gas, costs to worry about. You can use Nicad standard sub-C pack which when fully charged will give a good fifteen minutes run time. RC sailboats with fuel engines might give you more power and can be noisier. There are increased speeds of up to thirty-five miles per hour.
There are particular features to look for when considering RC sailboats. The boat should be one hundred percent durable metal latching mechanism.
It should have professional grade high capacity rechargeable battery pack and an AC adapter. It can have turbo power buster motor. An operating range of three hundred feet away. A fuel powered RC sailboat should have a nitro cooled motor and two channel FM radio frequencies for competitive racing, and most importantly it must have a water proof sealed radio box.
There are model kits for RC sailboats you can choose from a scratch built, kit, or turnkey boat. A turnkey is a boat that has the radio already installed. Although if you want to get your boat into the water quicker, a kit is the only way to go. Before you purchase your radio check with local clubs to be certain that you don�t get a radio with already used frequencies.
Keep in mind that your new boat will not crash and burn. There are a variety of RC sailboats on the market. Your budget, your ability to store and transport your boat will likely determine the type of boat you can buy.