Best RC Boats

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 19, 2017
It does not matter whether you are an adult or a child when you want to have some fun with toys. That is why a remote control boat or an RC boat is a great option to have fun with when spending your time near a water reservoir. Check our top 5 RC boat models review and choose the best for you. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Maximum Speed
Remote Control Type
Signal Transmission
Battery Life and Charge Time
Power Supply
 
PROS
This model is equipped with a very powerful electric motor with a water cooling system, which makes it possible for the boat to reach an astonishing 30 mph speed.
CONS
The boat is not that easy to handle, that is why children are recommended to play with it having adults around.
OUR VERDICT
The Top Race TR-1200 professional RC boat offers an unsurpassed speed performance that will let you dominate in RC boat water racing.
detailed parameters
Maximum Speed
30 mph
Remote Control Type
4-directional (Forward, Backwards, Left, Right)
Signal Transmission
Radio transmitter freq.: 2.4 GHz Operation range: up to 300 feet
Battery Life and Charge Time
Play Time: 8-10 min Charging time: 120 min
Power Supply
Boat: 11.1V 1800mAh 25C LiPo Battery, RC: 4 AA Batteries (not included)
PROS
The TQI 2.4 GHz intellectual remote control establishes a reliable connection with this RC boat and provides a faultless boat control.
CONS
The boat does not support a reverse movement, which makes overcoming obstacles on the water a harder task.
OUR VERDICT
The 38104-1 RC boat model by Traxxas has an astonishing and stylish appearance that makes it look great on the water and makes watching from a distance even more enjoyable.
detailed parameters
Maximum Speed
20 mph
Remote Control Type
3-directional (Forward, Left, Right)
Signal Transmission
Radio transmitter freq.: 2.4 GHz
Battery Life and Charge Time
Play time: ~25-30 min Charging time: about 6 hours
Power Supply
Boat: Traxxas 6-cell NiMH battery with iD RC: 4 AA Batteries (not included)
PROS
The supply package of this model includes an extra battery to make your fun last twice as long.
CONS
When moving back the propulsion force of this RC boat is much smaller than for the forward movement that is why disentangling the boat after being stuck in seaweed by moving in the reverse direction may be hard.
OUR VERDICT
The UDI001 model is an excellent moderately-priced RC boat, which offers an average performance but a simple operation and can bring you much joy.
detailed parameters
Maximum Speed
15 mph
Remote Control Type
4-directional (Forward, Backwards, Left, Right)
Signal Transmission
Radio transmitter freq.: 2.4 GHz Operation range: ~400 feet
Battery Life and Charge Time
Play Time: 6-8 min Charging time: 90 min
Power Supply
Boat: 7.4v 600mAh Li-ion RC: 4 AA Batteries (not included)
PROS
With such an impressive RC operation range this RC race boat is easily controllable from a large distance.
CONS
Despite the long battery charge time, the battery life is pretty average.
OUR VERDICT
The FT009 model by Tenergy is an excellent fit for using on large water areas and reservoirs and can energize both adults and children with positive emotions.
detailed parameters
Maximum Speed
20 mph
Remote Control Type
4-directional (Forward, Backwards, Left, Right)
Signal Transmission
Radio transmitter freq.: 2.4 GHz Operation range: ~330-500 feet
Battery Life and Charge Time
Play Time: 5-6 min Charging time: about 4 hours
Power Supply
Boat: 7.4V 1500mAh Li-ion Battery RC: 6 AA batteries (not included)
PROS
The RC control of this boat is capable of operating in three different bands, which enables it to operate three boats at once.
CONS
The powerful electric motor of this RC boat is not water-cooled that is why a long boat operation is not recommended.
OUR VERDICT
The Babrit F1 is an easy to assemble and to prepare for the race RC boat with a convenient RC control. This model will definitely be in favor of many adults and children.
detailed parameters
Maximum Speed
9-12 mph
Remote Control Type
4-directional (Forward, Backwards, Left, Right)
Signal Transmission
Radio transmitter freq.: Random- 27MHZ, 40MHZ, 49MHZ) Operation range: ~100-160 feet
Battery Life and Charge Time
Play Time: 10 min Charging time: about 3 hours
Power Supply
Boat: 4.8V 700mAh battery RC: 2 AA Batteries (not included)

What is an Rc Boat

Remotely controlled boats or RC boats are the toys, operating which children can have a lot of fun when spending time near the water. These boats are remotely-controlled scale models of different real boats, whether they are powerboats or scooters. Some may even discover operating RC boats as a new hobby and enjoy participating in RC jet boat races rivaling other RC boat owners. However, this pastime may become a hobby not only for children but for adults as well. For our today’s review we have picked 5 most popular RC boat models and analyzed their performance to help you choose an optimal model.

If you are interested in remotely controlled toys of a different type, do not hesitate to check our RC Cars and RC Helicopters reviews.

Top Race TR-1200

A Domination on the Water

Top Race TR-1200 RC Boat is a professional-tier RC boat model, which is best for the children above 14. Its most attractive feature is a tremendous maximum speed, which is almost 1.5 times higher than those offered by competing models of this type. When running on the water this electronic wonder can speed up to 30 miles per hour fascinating you and your kids. This impressive speed is achievable owing to a high-power brushless motor installed on the TR-1200 RC boat. This powerful electric heart that beats inside the boat is cooled down with a special cooling system, which implementation significantly prolongs the boat service life. This one of the fastest RC boats is controlled remotely with a 4-directional radio remote control offering an operation range of 300 feet maximum, which in our opinion speaks of an excellent performance. The remote control enables you to control the forward and backward movement of this Top Race RC racing boat as well as turning the boat left and right. No doubt the TR-1200 boat is rated among the best devices of its class but if you enjoy playing with it much and find the 10 minutes of its battery life too limiting we recommend considering the Floureon 2 Packs 3S 25C 11.1V 2200mAh Lipo Battery Pack, which allows you to replace the depleted battery quickly.

Review of Top Race TR-1200 Remote Control

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Top Race TR-1200
Top Race TR-1200
 

Traxxas 38104-1

A Unique Design

This boat will definitely stand out from the rest. The stylish white hull with blue sides is combined with the hatch with a fresh new graphics that looks very attractive on this RC boat model. The 24-inch length of the model is perfect for use in large swimming pools. Despite a pretty classy look, this boat exhibits a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour owing to the installed 540 Stinger™ motor with a water cooling system. To ensure maximal smoothness and responsiveness of the control of this Traxxas RC boat the manufacturer used a waterproof high-torque servo and the Nautica Electronic Speed Control patented watertight receiver box. Another noteworthy feature is an ergonomic design of the remote control, which provides a comfort in operating the boat even for a long time. To turn the operation of the 38104-1 RC boat an almost neverending fun the manufacturer provided for a fast charge device with a charging indication that has a cigarette lighter plug. If you want to have an option of charging the boat from a power socket in your house we recommend you to buy the Traxxas 2976 AC to DC Converter, 40 Watt.

Review of Traxxas 38104-1 Blast Fully Assembled Race Boat

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Traxxas 38104-1
Traxxas 38104-1
 

USA Toyz UDI001

Are You Ready to Have Fun by the Water?

The next participant we focused on in our review to estimate its actual pros and suitability to bring you the joy of its operation is the USA Toyz UDI001 RC jet boat. The specified maximum speed of 15 miles per hour actually does not make this model the fastest RC boat and rates it an average performer among contenders. However, this RC boat provides a simple and effective control with the 4-directional remote control, which enables moving in reverse when encountering an obstacle ahead. Probably this model will not be an optimal choice for those wishing to have a fast racing RC boat but it suits very well for making your pastime near the water full of fun and has a great price/quality ratio. In addition, the supply package of the UDI001 RC boat includes a spare boat battery, thus you can double your fun with this boat if you charge both batteries beforehand and take it with you.

If you think that 2 included boat batteries are not enough we suggest you purchase the Replacement Battery for UDI R/C UDI001 Venom Speed Boat to fulfill your demands.

Review of USA Toyz UDI001 Remote Control Boat

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USA Toyz UDI001
USA Toyz UDI001
 

Tenergy FT009

The Larger the Operation Range the More the Excitement

The Tenergy FT009 High Speed Racing RC Boat distinguishes from competing RC boat models with its advanced operation range, which serves for bringing you more excitement. While some models have an issue of a very limited RC operation range, which makes them unsuitable for using these boats in large water spaces buying the Tenergy FT009 will give a peace of mind in this regard. The range, within which this RC racing boat can be reliably controlled from its RC is about 500 feet, which is beyond doubt an impressive value. Concerning the speed performance of this RC boat model, the speed is maxed at 20 miles per hour, which was achieved owing to a powerful water-cooled electric motor. We found the 4-hour charge time of the boat battery  to be on the long side. With the FT009’s battery fully charged, you will be able to enjoy controlling this race RC boat for 5-6 minutes. However, the boat battery life depends on the intensity of operation, thus it can be a little longer in some cases.

Those of you who find the stock battery life too short can buy the spare replaceable boat battery - Upgraded 7.4V 1500mAh Lipo Battery for Feilun FT009 RC Boat Spare Parts.

Review of Tenergy FT009 High Speed Racing RC Boat

Tenergy FT009
Tenergy FT009
 

Babrit F1

Convenient Controls

The feature that makes the Babrit F1 High Speed RC Boat so different from its numerous peers is the remote control. The remote control board of this RC boat is designed in such a way as to let you hold it comfortably in both arms and control the boat movement with two thumbs. Another interesting feature the manufacturer equipped the Babrit RC boat with is the ability of the remote control to transmit its signals in three bands: 27MHZ, 40MHZ, and 49MHZ. However, a user is not allowed to switch between these radio bands and the system selects the band randomly. Therefore you can use a single RC control for several RC boats provided you control the boats using different bands. On the other hand, a moderate RC operating range of about 160 feet makes this model suitable for the use in small water areas and lakes. As for the design of the Babrit F1 RC boat, as we see it, everything is quite simple – to prepare the boat for a run on the water you just need to detach the hull cover, insert a charged battery and attach the hull cover back. With the battery life of 10 minutes, the charge time is approximately 3 hours.

If you want to have some fun with RC toys on the land we recommend you to buy the Babrit Newer 2.4HZ Racing Cars RC Electric Rock Crawler, which is an awesome RC rock crawler model.

Review of Babrit F1 High Speed RC Boat

Babrit F1
Babrit F1
 
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