Gas Catamarans also make for an exciting class with careful attention payed to cornering making the best out of most any driver with a desire to stay on top. The class uses a Zenoah 26cc engine with hull choices that include RC Boatworks, AC Model Boats, and Insane Boats.
Electric Sport Hydros also run on Saturday with the P Limited Sport Hydro class. The boats are meant to resemble full size hyroplanes. Boat manufacturers include Horizon Hobby, Hobby ProBoat, Blew by You Boats, AquaCraft, Insane Boats, and Blazer Marine. Many of these manufacturers provide boats that are Ready-to-Run (RTR) to get you on the water and competitive in a hurry.
Offshore Electric boats run on Saturdays here in District 9. Classes include a P Limited and Open and each allows for both deep vee and catamaran hulls. Typical hull deep vee designs are by Seaducer Boats, CalCraft, , Aeromarine, Horizon Hobby, ProBoats, Insane Boats, Blew by You Boats, and Oxidean Marine. There are a variety of others as well but before you make a choice consult with a nearby club member. You can buy a boat new or used from boaters online and on message boards.
Gas Outriggers provide fastest excitement that is sure to capture the speed demon in most anyone. With speeds up to 80 mph they are among the most exciting to drive. There are several classes available for Gas Outriggers. They include 26cc (G-1) and 30cc (GX-2) engines. Popular boat hulls include CMDi Eagles and Blazer Slingshot Hulls
Gas Monos or Deep Vee boats race on Saturdays in most Districts across the nation. This class is only available in 26cc engine class size also known as G-1 Mono. Typical hull deep vee designs are by Seaducer Boats, CalCraft, and Aeromarine There are a variety of others as well but before you make a choice consult with a nearby club member. You can buy a boat new or used from boaters online and on message boards.
Gas Sport Hydros are among the most popular and competive classes in our district. They provide tight competition with exceptional speeds up to and beyond 75 mph. Both 26cc (G-1) and 30cc (GX-2) classes are offered. Popular boat hulls include the Blazer Marine Backlash, the Blazer Marine Whiplash, and Insane Gen 5
The Classic Thunderboat class races on Saturdays in our district which is classified as a hydroplane. The boats are meant to resemble classic GP style hydros of the 60s and 70s. They use a stock Zenoah and run at speeds of approximately 50 mph. Boat Manufacturers include Insane Boats, Blazer Marine, and Aeromarine.
Nitro Outriggers provide the fastest excitement of all the RC boats. With speeds up to 90 mph they are among the most exciting to drive or even watch. There are 4 classes available for Nitro Outriggers. They include .21, .45, .67 and .70 to 1.01 size engines. Popular boat hulls include CMDi Eagles, Crapshooters, and Roadrunners.
Tunnel Hulls also race on Sundays. They use a .45 (B Modified) of .21 (A Stock) Size engine. Popular boat hulls include LeeCraft, Lynx, and AquaCraft VS1. These boats are fun because they can turn easily both to the left and right which make for easy driving correction unlike the hydro hulls which are designed to turn to the right.
Nitro Boats are on average the fastest boats on the lake. However they do require a bit more expertise than gas or electric which pride themselves on being easier to run boats. Nitro boats are powered by a Nitro fuel mix of 40 to 80% nitromethane, oil and alcohol. Fuel can be mixed on your own or purchased from hobby fuel manufacturers, distributors or local dealers. Hobby Shops may have lower percentage fuel as well which can work fairly well. These boats require nitro powered engines from CMB, Picco, Novarossi, Rossi, OPS, and OS. CMB and Novaross engines are among the most popular at this time. Engine sizes range from .21cc to 1.01cc size that will compete in one of 3 different deep vee, 2 different tunnel hull and 2 different hydro type classes on saturdays and 4 different hydro classes and two different tunnel hull type classes on Sundays.
Gas Boats are said to be easy to run with readily available bolt-on modifications and modified engines to get you in the money quick fast and in a hurry. These boats are a bit larger than Nitro and Electric which make them great for rougher water. Gas boats are powered by a gasoline fuel with a oil mix typical of weed eater engines. Speeds for these boats range from approximately 50 mph to 80 mph. Popular boat hulls are made by Insane Boats, CalCraft, AC Model Boats, Blazer Marine, Competition Marine Designs and RC Boatworks. Engine sizes are 26cc for most classes which use Modified Zenoah engines which are available from a variety of mod shops including Gizmo Motors, Bonzi sports, CC Racing Engines, Redline Performance Motors, and Toxic Racing Machines.
Tunnel Hulls are another popular boat that races on Saturdays. They use a .45cc (B Stock) of .21cc (A Modified) Size engine. Popular boat hulls include LeeCraft, Lynx, and Aquacraft VS1. These boats are fun because they can turn easily both to the left and right which make for easy driving correction unlike the hydro hulls which are designed to turn to the right.
The hydros that race on Saturdays in our district are classified as Sport 40-II and 1/8th Scale Unlimited Hydroplanes. Both of these boats are based off of full size hydroplanes with the 1/8th Scale boats being precise replicas of their full size counterparts. Sport 40-II boats run .45cc size engines with Scales using a larger size .67cc size engine. Popular boats are Supersport 45 and Blazer 45
Monos or Deep Vee hulls are a common class that typically runs on Saturdays in most Disricts across the nation. This class is available in .21cc (A Mono), .45cc (B Mono), and .67cc (C Mono) engine sizes. Typical hull designs are by Seaducer Boats, CalCraft and Aeromarine. There are a variety of others as well but before you make a choice consult with a nearby club member. You can buy a boat new or used from boaters online and on message boards.
Fast Electric Boats are growing in popularity. They are known for their powerful yet clean operation where the user is free of fuel and oil unlike the Gas and Nitro boats. The boats are fast and quiet which make them ideal for environments not so tolerant of engine noise. The classes we race in District 9 are also the smaller boats which makes storing and hauling more convenient. The boats race in our districts include deep vee, sport hydros, outriggers and catamarans. Speeds can reach up to 50 mph and even over 60 mph in the modified classes. There are lots of ready-to-run options that can be purchased for around $500 with all the gear you need to hit the lake and with a bit more fine tuning you will be ready for race day.
The hydros that race on Sundays in our district are classified as Sport 21 Hydroplanes. These boats are inspired off of full size hydroplanes and similar to the Saturday hydros. The Sport 21 boats run .21cc size engines. Popular boats are RTH Marine and Blazer Marine Whiplash.
Crackerbox boats race on Saturdays in most Districts across the nation. Crackerbox designs are available from RC Boatworks, Blazer Marine, Aeromarine, and Insane Boats.
Electric Sport Hydros are offered on Sunday with the P Sport Hydro class. The boats are meant to resemble full size hyroplanes. Boat manufacturers include Horizon Hobby, Hobby ProBoat, Blew by You Boats, AquaCraft, Insane Boats, and Blazer Marine. Many of these manufacturers provide boats that are Ready-to-Run (RTR) to get you on the water and competitive in a hurry.
If you were the kind of kid who, at some point in your youth, placed a lit firecracker into a plastic model ship just to watch it blow up in the water, then you already know what this is about. It's just that we're all much bigger boys now, and we're a bit more sophisticated about it. These ships have CO2-powered guns, shooting ammo that ranges in caliber from BBs to 1/4" diameter steel balls. And yes, these ships maneuver and fire the guns with radio control equipment. How could it get better? We even have convoy ships that need to sail around a course and deliver cargo to their home ports. The enemy tries to stop them by shooting off the cargo or sinking the ship. The convoy ship's escorts try to protect it. The ships get pieces shot off in the process and holes in the hulls. Oh, and the combat ships could lsink too which is why we use shallow areas so we can get them back! Simply dry and patch it up and it's ready for the next sortie!
You're not going to find one of these ships at your local hobby store. You either have to build one yourself, orbuy one from somebody else who's built or bought one from somebody else. The great news is our members like helping other people and may even have a ship to loan!