Gas powered RC Boats

Looking for a place to start in the exciting hobby of gas-powered rc boats?
December 2, 2013 – 01:15 pm

SplashLarge gas-powered boats are one of the most fun aspects of the radio-controlled hobby. They're loud, they're fast, they exude raw power just sitting on the dock. Even after seven years of racing them, I still get giddy every time I fire up an engine and see a five- foot roostertail trailing off behind a cat running 50mph. But the downside to getting into the big boats can sometimes be just getting started. Not too long ago, RTR gas boats were still custom machines assembled with separate components; the hulls were available bare or fully assembled for a steep price by only a few select vendors. Luckily, a new market emerged for fully assembled RTR gas boats, starting at around $1000 and down. Some of the big hobby distributors and developers got in on the game, and the affordable RTR gas race boat was born.

Here's a list of a few ready-to-run gas-powered boats that are currently available, in no particular order.

Sporting a massive 51" hull from bow to transom, the Rio 51Z is a race-inspired offshore vee hull with an industry standard Zenoah G260PUM engine. The Rio 51Z comes ready-to-run with a Tactic 2.4GHz radio and can haul the mail around your local lake for up to 10 minutes on a single tank. The hull is available in red, yellow, or blue, and also includes genuine GrimRacer hardware, which is race-ready equipment if you ever want to race it in a stock vee class.

The AquaCraft Rio 51Z features:

  • Street price: 9.99
  • Self oiling drive system.
  • Aluminum and stainless steel GrimRacer hardware included.
  • Weight: 14 lbs
  • Servos: Tactic TSX200 Throttle servo, Tactic TSX201 Steering servo (90 oz-in at 6 volts)

The Enforcer name is synonymous with gas-powered boats; it's been heating the water since 1986. With their Fourth generation of the Enforcer currently in production, Warehouse Hobbies is still going strong in the sport boat market. The Enforcer Offshore is a variant of the Team Enforcer Pro that features a closed cockpit hatch to more resemble a true offshore race hull. It has a 46" fiberglass hull and can hit speeds in the mid 40's with the included stock engine. The Enforcer Offshore has a clutch that allows the boat to come to a stop in the water.

Team Enforcer Offshore features:

  • Zenoah G260PUM engine w/ clutch
  • Includes a tuned exhaust
  • Length: 46" Beam: 14"
  • Radio system is NOT included
  • Street price: $999.95

The only cat in our list is a huge 48" offshore racer decked out in Rockstar Energy Drink graphics. The Proboat Rockstar comes with a Dynamite 26cc gas engine, a clutch, and a tuned pipe to push a few more miles-per-hour out of the engine. To turn the big hull in the water at race speeds, it features a giant-scale servo with 260 oz-in of torque. The Rockstar has a top speed around 40mph and is the heaviest hull on the list, weighing in at 20.2lbs.

Proboat Rockstar features:

  • Comes with a DX2E 2-Channel DSMR transmitter
  • High torque giant-scale steering servo
  • Rockstar Licensed graphics
  • Requires a 7.4V 5200mAh LiPo receiver battery
Source: www.rcgroups.com
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