Best RC Sailboats: Dive Into the World of Sailboat Racing

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 13, 2018
Is RC sailboat racing your passion and you can’t imagine your weekend without spending at least a couple of hours competing with other racers? Or vice versa, you’ve never sailed an RC boat but you’re eager to try? No matter why you’re reading this review, we hope you’ll find the best model to meet your requirements. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

2.4 GHz frequency combined with an improved anti-interference feature makes it possible for you to sail the boat successfully in races with up to 20 participants. 

CONS

Some users might find the model too high for the weight. 

OUR VERDICT

Eye-catching RC boat from POCO DIVO is a great model for adults and children alike. Choose this boat to enjoy sailing it and getting aesthetic pleasure at the same time. 

detailed parameters
Motor

No

Power Supply

Receiver - 4x AA
Transmitter - 4x AA

Operating Range

~200 feet

Control

2.4 GHz
5 Channels

Size

53.7" х 25.6"

Weight

3 lbs

Warranty

30 days

PROS

Though the model is lightweight, its long, narrow hull gives it the sort of light wind performance that most other RC yachts fail to replicate. The low aspect, lightweight rigs with careful sail plan development ensure great handling balance.

CONS

Transmitter and receiver aren't included in the package. 

OUR VERDICT

The people behind the DragonFlite DF95 have set to provide their customers with first-rate sailing experience and we cannot say that they have failed in their endeavors. Just pick out a radio, a set of batteries, and a receiver and you'll be ready to dominate the next RC sailboat racing competition.

detailed parameters
Motor

No

Power Supply

N/A

Operating Range

N/A

Control

Not included

Size

58" x 37"

Weight

4.4 lbs

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The included motor allows you to enjoy sailing the boat even during windless weather. 

CONS

Small keel might not provide proper stability if the wind is too strong. 

OUR VERDICT

If you've never tried sailing an RC boat, starting with Golden Bright model is the best option. Relatively small size, light weight, and simple controls will make your first sailing experience really fun.

detailed parameters
Motor

Yes

Power Supply

Receiver - 1x 9V Li-ion
Transmitter - 4x AA 

Operating Range

160 feet

Control

27 MHz
3 Channels

Size

33.7" х 20"

Weight

4 lbs

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The sizable 1-meter hull features precision blow-molded high-strength ABS construction. The durable, reinforced rip-stop nylon sails come with bright, attractive graphics. The "drum-style" sail winch servo gives you extra power and smooth, scale-like functionality. 

CONS

The size of the boat makes it difficult to set it sail on your own. 

OUR VERDICT

The Rage RC B1300 Eclipse is about as impressive and imposing as RC sailboats get without diving into the actual full-scale yacht territory. Under its stunning appearance, the model hides superb electronic components that make this boat not just a looker but an instant contender at any competition.

detailed parameters
Motor

Yes

Power Supply

Receiver - 1x 7.4V 2S 850mAh Li-ion

Transmitter - 4x AA 

Operating Range

N/A

Control

2.4 GHz
2 Channels

Size

84" x 39"

Weight

6.93 lbs

Warranty

30 days

PROS

Realism lovers will find tiny rigging winches, helms, and human figures on the boat's hull of great interest. 

CONS

Can tilt to one side if the wind is strong.

OUR VERDICT

Being a replica of a real sailboat, the Kyosho Fortune 612-III features a unique design and high-quality materials; its simplicity of use will help you enjoy sailing to the fullest.

detailed parameters
Motor

No

Power Supply

Receiver - 8x AA
Transmitter - 4x AA

Operating Range

~ 300 feet

Control

2.4 GHz
4 Channels

Size

44.5" х 24"

Weight

2.3 lbs

Warranty

30 days

POCO DIVO Compass RG65 Class Competition

Great for Novice and Experienced Users

Whether you’re dreaming of taking up RC sailing or you’ve already had some experience of using RC models, POCO DIVO Compass RG65 sailing boat might interest you. The boat is sold with all parts included (except for 8 AA batteries for a transmitter and a receiver). Why, it even has a stand for convenient storage. Besides the full kit, we bet you'll also be pleased with the sophisticated and eye-catching design of this model. To start using your new RC sailboat, you only need to spend some time on its assembly and buy batteries. As soon as the item is set up, you can take it to the pool, pond, lake, or river to enjoy sailing. What is more, this model can be used in salt waters however it’s recommended to rinse it with running water to avoid the occurrence of salt stains on the model’s hull. Choose POCO DIVO Compass RG65, and let your sailing experience be fun.

Review of POCO DIVO Compass RG65 Class Competition Sailboat RC

Lightweight and Fast

Let’s have a closer look at the design and materials of this RC sailboat since these very features influence its performance. Made of ABS plastic, POCO DIVO Compass RG65 weighs only 3 pounds but don’t let this information make you doubt its performance. Thanks to a smooth sophisticated bow, it reaches great speed in no time and is on par with its heavy professional rivals. This model boasts waterproof feature which means all electric details of the boat including servo and receiver batteries are protected from the detrimental influence of water. Then there are the sails. Besides being water-resistant, they are also quite durable and can withstand strong wind. If you’re looking for a reliable, lightweight, and easy-to-control RC sailboat, this model from POCO DIVO will definitely meet your requirements.

POCO DIVO Compass RG65 Class Competition Sailboat RC in the use

Get Ready for Regatta

One more feature of this RC sailboat we’d like to point out is its operating frequency of 2.4 GHz. As it was mentioned above, this frequency allows you to use a sailboat in close proximity to several other models. As for this very control system, it creates interference-resistant radio waves that give you a chance to compete with up to 20 other racers without any performance loss.

Detailed review of POCO DIVO Compass RG65 Class Competition Sailboat RC

Advice

If you’re going to spend your weekend taking part in long-distance racing, it’s recommended to take extra batteries with you. Having changed them between racing sessions, you’ll have stronger radio signal. Plus, it’s unlikely they will die out when you least expect.

POCO DIVO Compass RG65 Class Competition Sailboat RC application

 

DragonFlite DF95 Class

First-Class Sailing Experience

The DragonFlite DF95 is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, the people behind it advertise as one of the most complete offers on the market. And they aren't necessarily wrong as just about everything needed for sail comes with the package and we will get to that "everything" in but a moment.

On the other hand, it wouldn't hurt to include a receiver, transmitter, and batteries to that package now, would it? Sure, those are easy to purchase on your own, but you can't really say that your product is ready to use straight out of the box if it doesn't include the aforementioned parts.

Having said that, this little ship has a lot going for it and we feel confident placing it so high up on our list. The company says that it's been developed according to the latest radio sailing design concepts, construction, and components that are required for a truly first-class radio sailing experience. And, for the most part, we're inclined to agree.

Review of DragonFlite DF95 Class RC Sailboat Plug N Play

The Right Components

So, as for those cutting-edge components that you wouldn't find in the majority of other RC sailboats, we would most like to start with the carbon fiber keel fin and an advanced design keel bulb. That said, the keel step and the one-piece carbon must deserve just as much recognition and so do the Mylar sails, arguably the best sails on the market right now. We could also talk about the zinc alloy ballast, especially about its optimal bulb shape and a flat tail.

But we would so much rather focus on what all of these components add up to. And what they add up is an RC ship that was perfectly designed to be of a convenient size, both on and off the water. Though the model is lightweight, its long, narrow hull gives it the sort of light wind performance that most other RC yachts could never replicate.

DragonFlite DF95 Class RC Sailboat Plug N Play in the use

Dominate the Competition

Generally speaking, this kind of lightweight design would lead to an inability to perform in strong winds. But that isn't the case here.

The manufacturers have been able to avoid the usual downside of lightweight RC yachts with low aspect, lightweight rigs. These rigs incorporate careful sail plan development. This way, they're able to ensure an impeccable handling balance.

Sure, like every other RC boat, it can get overpowered from time to time. But even when that happens, the model still remains easily controllable to windward. It has virtually no tendency to "nosedive" and always gives you great speed downwind.

To rephrase our earlier point, the people behind the DragonFlite DF95 have set to provide their customers with a first-rate sailing experience and we'd say they did a pretty good job of that. Just pick out a radio, a set of batteries, and a receiver and you'll be ready to dominate the next RC sailboat racing competition. Whether it is the fastest or the smallest model is up for debate (though it is certainly up there) but it is definitely one of the most maneuvrable RC sailboats out there.

Detailed review of DragonFlite DF95 Class RC Sailboat Plug N Play

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Golden Bright Full Function Radio Control Boat Vehicle

RC Sailing: Get Started

If you’ve never controlled an RC sailboat but have always dreamt to, Golden Bright model will make your dream come true. Being a toy RC boat rather than a hobby one, this little ship will perfectly suit all kinds of beginners, from kids aged 8+ to those adults who only start getting acquainted with RC sailing. What makes this model great for inexperienced users is its relatively compact size, light weight, and the simplicity of handling. Golden Bright item measures 33.7” x 20” when assembled and weighs 4 pounds. Plus, it’s easy to store and transport this sailboat thanks to the detachable keel, mast, and sails. Moreover, all the details are made of durable materials that protect the sailboat from extrinsic hazards as well as prevent water from penetrating into electronic mechanisms.

Review of Golden Bright Full Function Radio Control Boat Vehicle

Everything is Under Your Control

Unlike the majority of RC sailboats that move only on sails, Golden Bright model is equipped with a motor. This very peculiarity gives you a chance to enjoy sailing your boat when the weather is calm. Control features are worth mentioning, too. Radio signals are transmitted at 27 MHz frequency that provides operating range of up to 160 feet. Both transmitter and receiver work on batteries (1x 9V for the transmitter and 4x AA for the receiver) and, what is more important, you can use either rechargeable or primary batteries to run your vehicle. The only thing to keep in mind is that they should be fully charged if you don’t want your sailboat to stop in the middle of the pond during a regatta.

Golden Bright Full Function Radio Control Boat Vehicle in the use

If You Prefer Boats

If you find boats more interesting than sailboats, we recommend you to have a look at our review where we’ve picked up 5 best RC boat models to meet your preferences. There, you’ll find miniature replicas of yachts and race boats that can add fun to the leisure time of adults and children, novice and experienced sailors.

Detailed review of Golden Bright Full Function Radio Control Boat Vehicle

Ergonomic Control

To get all the possible pleasure from sailing your RC boat, its control should be easy and convenient at the same time, and the manufacturer of Golden Bright model has done its best to meet both requirements. The transmitter boasts an ergonomic design that will perfectly suit little children’s hands while adults will also find its shape convenient to use. Besides familiar levers for sails and rudder, the transmitter is equipped with Forward and Backward buttons to give you full control over your sailboat.

Golden Bright Full Function Radio Control Boat Vehicle application

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Rage RC B1300 Eclipse 1M

Value Package

There are a few things we like about the Rage RC B1300 Eclipse. And though its 1-meter hull is definitely one of those "things", that's not where we'd like to start. At the end of the day, it all starts with a package and here, you get real value out of that package.

Just about everything you need to get started is already there. The model arrives with the majority of the most difficult and time-consuming rigging already completed, so the final assembly should be about as quick and hassle-free as it gets.

On top of the big pre-trimmed decorated hull, the package includes a 2.4GHz radio system, rip-stop nylon sails, and, as we've said earlier, all of the rigging parts you need to build the mast as quickly and effortlessly as possible.

Hell, you even get a Li-ion receiver battery with a USB charger, 4 AA batteries necessary for the transmitter, and a nice little boat stand that you can use for maintenance and display. Nevertheless, some would say that the best part is that, despite the boat's size, you can just as quickly and easily dismantle it for storage and transportation.

Review of Rage RC B1300 Eclipse 1M Ready to Run Sailboat

Imposing Size With Attention to Details

Of course, no matter how complete the package, it wouldn't be worth much without a proper boat. Fortunately, calling the B1300 Eclipse a proper boat would be quite an understatement. There's a lot to this boat that makes it stand out from its little ship crowd but perhaps its most attractive feature is the size.

The large-scale model measure over 7-feet (213 centimeters) tall from the very bottom of the ballast bulb all the way to the tip of the mast. The impressive size makes this RC sailboat look imposing and eye-catching enough to attract at least a few jealous glimpses from the crowd at the next race.

But, despite its massive profile, the boat is surprisingly elegant. Part of it is the attention to the details that's a bit difficult to put into words. But another part of it is the quality of the build that's a little easier to describe.

Rage RC B1300 Eclipse 1M Ready to Run Sailboat in the use

A Looker With Second-to-None Performance

So, what is it that constitutes a quality build? Well, here, it mostly lies with the aforementioned 1-meter hull. Aside from its size, the hull stands out thanks to its precision blow-molded high-strength ABS construction. That said, the durable, reinforced rip-stop nylon sails are just as important. Aside from their rugged composition, the sails come with bright, attractive graphics, another little detail that adds appearance points.

Finally, let's talk about the model's performance. Oddly enough, it starts with the sealed, water-resistant deck hatch. Though it isn't directly responsible for performance, the deck hatch plays an important role by protecting internal electronic components, including the "drum-style" sail winch servo. Thanks to its protection, the servo gives you extra power and smooth, scale-like functionality that you simply don't get out of regular servos.

Bottom line, the Rage RC B1300 Eclipse is about as impressive and imposing as RC sailboats get without diving into the actual full-scale yacht territory. Under its stunning appearance, the model hides superb electronic components that make this boat not just a looker but an instant title contender at any competition.

Detailed review of Rage RC B1300 Eclipse 1M Ready to Run Sailboat

 

Kyosho Fortune 612-III Sailboat RC

Realistic Copy

If watching sailboat racing gives you a thrill, maybe it's time to try it for yourself? Dive into the world of RC racing with Kyosho Fortune 612-III. This model resembles authentic vehicles that take part in American sailboat racing cup, and tiny details such as rigging winches, helms, and crew figurines make it look even more realistic. Just like most RC boats, this one is sold preassembled, and to start using it, you only need to attach mast, sails, and keel. By the way, installation of these parts doesn’t require any tools, so you won’t spend much time on preparation for the sailing session. As soon as all parts are assembled, insert batteries inside a transmitter and a receiver, and let your Kyosho sailboat impress you with its performance.

Review of Kyosho Fortune 612-III Sailboat RC

Reach High Speed in No Time

Kyosho Fortune 612-III shows great results on water due to its design and the materials it’s made of. The high-quality plastic of the hull, aluminum mast, and waterproof PE (polyethylene) sails ensure the sailboat durability while sporty design allows Kyosho to move faster. By the way, Fortune 612-III moves solely on sails big enough to catch wind force and develop high speed. Finally, there is simple control of the sailboat carried out with two levers located on the transmitter. Choose Kyosho Fortune 612-III RC sailboat and enjoy the combination of style, performance, and reliability in one device.

Kyosho Fortune 612-III Sailboat RC in the use

Interference-Free Control

Same as many other models, this Kyosho Fortune is equipped with an RC system so it can be used out-of-the-box. The transmitter operates on 2.4 GHz frequency that creates interference-resistant radio signals, making it possible for you to sail your boat successfully even if you participate in the regatta. The receiver is two servos aimed at controlling the sails and the rudder. Note that you need to buy 12 AA batteries (4 for a transmitter and 8 for the boat) for the vehicle to actually move. Don't forget to check on charge before using batteries since it determines the quality of radio signals.

Detailed review of Kyosho Fortune 612-III Sailboat RC

Useful to Remember

If you take a closer look at this model and some of its rivals, you'll notice that its weight is quite light and its keel isn't very large. Bear this in mind when you plan your sailing session; also, it might be better to avoid racing if weather forecast predicts strong wind.

Kyosho Fortune 612-III Sailboat RC application

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What Is an RC Sailboat?

Today the world of remote controlled vehicles is so diverse anyone can find something to his/her liking. Cars, planes, helicopters, tanks and other vehicles have made their way to the world of miniature replicas, offering hobbyists a huge collection of models to select from. In this article we bring to focus RC sailboats, small replicas of real boats that are immensely popular both with kids and with grown-ups. For anyone not versed enough on the tech specs that are crucial for choosing a remote-controlled sailboat, this review contains the important guidance that can make your choice less tricky.

It may sound a bit silly but there's actually a lot that goes into these "toys". From the differences in design and construction to competitive RC sail boating, they combine the excitement of any other competition with the technical/building aspect of DIY projects. Plus, they can make for a great father-son (or any other combination of family members, boats don't discriminate) bonding activity.

What Features to Compare

Buying an RC sailboat, pay attention to its size and weight first since these parameters determine who this or that model is best for. Small and lightweight boats are a great choice for kids or novices in RC sailing as they are more maneuverable and easier to control. Professional hobbyists love bigger and heavier models; of course, they may be difficult to handle but sailing them will surely add to your experience and will bring a lot of positive emotions.

Next, find out whether the model you want to purchase is equipped with a motor. In general, the majority of RC sailboats represented on the market don’t have a motor. They move with the help of the wind and sails, and the bigger the sails are the faster your vehicle speeds up. However, it’s rather difficult to make your boat move when the weather is calm. For this reason, some manufacturers equip their models with a motor to give you a chance to enjoy RC sailing even in windless conditions.

Finally, take notice of control features that consist of several factors:

  • Radio system can be included in the box or you need to buy it separately.
  • Operating frequency of controllers is either 2.4 GHz or 27 MHz. The former one is considered to be the best option for RC sailing. It creates interference-resistant radio signals that allow you to compete against several race participants. The latter frequency creates signals that suffice for competitions, however, can be subjected to interference.
  • Don’t overlook operating range of a controller. If you’re going to take part in long-distance racing, you’ll probably want to choose the model that boasts the greatest range.
  • Power source of radio transmitters and receivers is either AA or rechargeable batteries. Both types do the job great, and choosing between them is just a matter of preference. 

FAQ:

Q: Is it easy to handle an RC sailboat?
A: Actually, it is. Of course, if you’ve never handled any of RC vehicles before, it’ll take you some time to learn the basics. First, you’ll need to find out what an RC sailboat is, how to assemble it, the principle of its operation, and some electronics stuff. As soon as you know this, you can start practicing. In general, you’ll spend from several hours to a couple of days before you feel comfortable while handling an RC boat.

Q: Is it OK if water gets inside the hull?
A: Taking into account the fact that RC sailboats are used on the water, it’s quite a normal occurrence. If you’re afraid the water will damage servos or batteries on the boat, worry not! RC sailboat manufacturers take care of safety issues and create hulls with water-resistant materials. 

Q: I’ve assembled my sailboat and inserted batteries, but it doesn’t seem to work. What should I do?
A: More often than not, batteries are the main reason of sailboat malfunction, so the first thing you want to do to solve the problem is take several steps:

  • Make sure the batteries are fully charged.
  • Check whether you positioned them right.
  • For proper operation, turn on the transmitter, and only then, a receiver on your boat.

If you’ve followed the instructions above but your RC model still doesn’t work, address the manufacturer for assistance.

Q: Can my boat tip over or sink? What do I do in this case?
A: Well, everything’s possible, and such unpleasant occurrences aren’t an exception. However, if one of them happened, you can save your favorite RC sailboat with a rescue boat (if you have it). Otherwise, you can swim to the place of an accident and get it from the water on your own. 

Q: Can RC sailing help me handle a real vehicle?
A: To some extent, yes. Even if you control your RC model standing on the shore, you still understand some essentials, for example how the boat moves or what measures should be taken to overcome this or that problem (strong wind, large waves). If you try to handle a real vehicle after running an RC one, you’ll already know what steps to take to direct your sailboat the way you need. 

Q: What kind of boat is more difficult to maintain – with or without a motor?
A: Both sailboat types are easy to maintain. All you need to do to keep your RC sailboat in proper condition is rinse and wipe it with a dry cloth, remove all detachable parts, and store it on a special stand. You can also put a cover over it to prevent dust from gathering on its surface. The only thing to keep in mind is to protect the motor from bumps and falls since they can lead to its malfunction or breakage.

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1. How to Select a Radio Controlled Model Sailboat, wikiHow.

2. Allan Bolster Your Very Own RC Boat – How to Pick the Right One Suitable for You, SlideShare.

3. Terry Dunn How To Get Into Hobby RC: Radios and Motors, Tested. March 18, 2014.

4. Roger Hammersmith Remote Control Boat Buying Guide, Ezine Articles. October 31, 2013.

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7. T.K. Hareendran Basic Guide to Radio-Controlled Boat Modelling, Electronics For You. October 7, 2015.

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