Thank you for supporting Ray & Robin’s Hobby Center. You are now being redirected to www.horizonhobby.com, our online retail partner. The inventory you are about to see, is not directly affiliated with Ray & Robin’s Hobby Center. By purchasing exclusively through this link, you will still be supporting your local retailer, as we will receive a referral credit from Horizon Hobby. You can expect the same level of service and support for items purchased through this online function, as you have come to enjoy at our store. We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. Other brands and products not shown in the online store, may be available directly from Ray & Robin’s Hobby Center. Please call (207) 797-5196 for assistance.
Whether you are a sailor, racer or scale enthusiast, there is a segment of RC (Radio Control) boating for you. Furthermore, your building skills can range from non-existent to master craftsman and your budget from pocket money to "this would have been a nice vacation." We have kits and Ready-to-Run (RTR) boats in a large selection of sizes.
Getting started in RC boating is really quite easy. First you need to identify your interest and choose a boat type. We have sailboats, electric boats, nitro-methane powered boats, gasoline powered boats in many different hull configurations.
RC Sailboats operate in the same manner as their full size counterparts. The sails, which are adjustable, catch the wind and propel the boat. To move upwind you need to tack the boat, and jibes are every bit as exciting as they are in the America's Cup. Sailboats range in size from 2 feet to almost 6 feet.
POWERBOATS - RACING
There are many different types of racing powerboats. The three most common designs are deep vees (the hull forms the shape of a V), hydroplanes (like Ms. Budweiser) and tunnel hulls. Tunnel hulls and hydroplanes perform better in calmer water because they are designed to race with most of the hull out of the water. "Chop" or rough water slows these boats down, whereas deep vees perform well in choppy water.
POWERBOATS - SCALE
Many boating enthusiasts don't care about speed, but rather about accurately reproducing a working model of an actual boat. The majestic and imposing lines of a battlesip, the maneuverability of a harbor tug or the traditional lines of a downeast lobster boat are as equally enjoyable in a model as they are in the real boat. The Volere 22 on the right is a Ready-to-Run (RTR) boat, but still has many scale features that you would find in a boat taking many hours to construct by a skilled builder.
Can't find the boat you want in kit form... try scratch building. Any boat can be built from scratch if some basic info is available. The four foot long model of the U.S.C.G. 41 foot utility boat was built by the Hobby Center boating enthusiast Mike Fasulo from information obtained from the local Coast Guard base.
The two main materials used in constructing RC boats are wood and fiberglass. Many kits available now are fully molded in fiberglass, just like their "full scale" relatives. Some kits offer a combination of fiberglass and wood... usually a fiberglass hull and wood superstructure. Finally some boats are made completely of wood... hull and all. Of course if building is not your cup of tea, you can choose to purchase a pre-constructed boat. There are currently many models of ready-to-run boats on the market.
The three most common power sources for model boats (other than sailboats) are electric motors, nitro methane engines and gasoline engines. Electric motors offer no hassle operation and are ideal for scale modeling. There are also many high performance electric motors that allow thrilling racing. Nitro Methane powered boats are available in both outboards and inboards and are undoubtedly the fastest boats on the water. Imagine a 4 foot boat going 90 miles an hour! With speed however comes an additional learning curve. Just like the guys who race the real boats, nitro boats require learning more about engines and how they work and how to maximize performance. Gasoline powered boats are a good way of getting speed with reduced complexity. Although you can get just as complex with gas boats, they don't require that you know as much to get them running well.
Radio Control equipment has reduced in price over the years just like all other consumer electronics. You can easily get started in RC boating with a small Ready-to-Run (RTR) craft for around $100, that includes all the equipment you will need to run your boat. Of course a larger boat with more features can easily approach the $1000 range. Check out the Horizon Hobby website to get a better ideal of options available... All of these boats are available through our store.