- Written by Gene Luncinski
RC gas powered large boats are the top of the line rtr boats, and you could pay anywhere from 500-1000$ for one of these boats. Many come with a v-hull or deep vee hull. You're probably familiar with cigar boats. That's what the V-Hull and Deep-V hull look like. Gasoline models are run by a 20-30cc motor with a speed range of up to 30mph or more.
An RC-Gas Boat is the perfect choice for the expert RC boater, as it is the biggest and fastest model.
You will need a lot of space to run one of these boats. Additionally, you should check with the local authorities, as some areas do not allow gas powered radio controlled boats.
If you are looking to just have fun in your pool, or small pond, you may want to consider purchasing an electric r/c boat, instead of gas-powered.
One thing to be careful of with your rtr-boat is that if used in saltwater, corrosion can cause the drive shaft and housing to seize up and fuse together. This may be possible to avoid by lubricating the prop shaft before use and rinsing and drying properly after use with fresh water.
A typical gas boat uses standard auto fuel.
You have various hull designs to choose from with a gas powered boat. As I mentioned earlier, you can choose from v-hulls, deep-Vee, catamaran, and hydro hull boats. Most of these gas powered boats are built for speed. Hydro boats are blazing fast, but somewhat unstable, so you have to take care with them and have a lot of room to operate them.
If you're just upgrading to a gasoline r/c boat, you may want to go with a vee hull, as they may prove to be a bit more stable.
If you choose to go with a nitro hydro boat, these boats are wicked fast.
Nitro powered gas boats are definitely not for the beginning r/c boat hobbyist. Nitro boats can be very expensive, and in some cases require mechanical expertise.
You are also only likely to find nitro fuel for your boat at a hobby shop, or RC model toy store.
RC gasoline boats are simpler in design than their nitro counterparts and are generally really easy to use. They frequently possess a straightforward recoil pull to start up system similar to what you would come across on your typical household two stroke lawn mower
The RC nitro boat however, requires sophisticated components to start up, for instance a glow plug igniter, electric starter, just to name a few.
If speed is what you're looking for, nitro is definitely the way to go though. Many RC boat hobbyists move to nitro boats when they get into competitive RC boat racing.
Many modifications can be made in these boats, allowing a nitro powered gas boat to even reach speeds up to 90 miles per hour!
You should really be comfortable running a gasoline powered RC boat, before you decide to upgrade to a nitro model.
I highly encourage you to explore getting a gas powered RC boat. They are fun, fast and a great way to pass time with family and friends.
To Learn More About RC Powerboats Go To: http://www.bestrcboats.com
- Written by Gene Luncinski
Running remote controlled boats is a lot of fun, and you have some options to think about before you decide which to purchase, an electric, or, gas powered rc boat. There are advantages and disadvantages of both.
One of the first things to consider is the location where you will be running you boat, because gas powered boats are not allowed in some places.
If you're looking at cost, you may want to consider getting an electric radio controlled boat instead of gas. A quality gas powered r/c boat could cost anywhere from $200-$250, or more, while you can get an exceptional radio controlled electric boat for around $30-$40.
Another advantage of an electric rc boat is that they are quieter. If you chose an electric boat, one tip to extend the life of the electric motor is to run a cooling coil on the motor to remove any excess heat. The cooling coil fits like a jacket around the outside of your motor. R/C electric boats are generally easier to maintain than gas powered boats. In addition, remote-controlled electric boats are available in smaller sizes than gas powered boats, making them ideal for smaller ponds.
If you decide on an electric boat; some tips to make your radio controlled electric boat to go faster is to increase the number of battery cells on your boat which will give you higher voltage. A bigger prop will also make your boat go faster, but you should take care, because if you choose a prop that is too big, you can burn up your motor. You should carefully match your prop size with a prop usage chart, if you do decide to change the prop.
There are generally two type of gas powered boats: 1. gasoline powered and 2. nitro powered (powered by nitromethane). Some gas powered boats use a standard two-stroke gasoline engine similar to those found in ‘weed-eater' garden tools. These engines are typically around 25cc, which provides quite a bit of power.
Gasoline powered RC boats are generally bigger, more powerful and more noisy, than electric boats, but that's what makes them fun. The size of your boat is guaranteed to turn heads at the local lake. The noise, smell and powerful wake thrown by your boat adds to the realism, and if there is any chop on the water at all, your gas powered boat will really hop.
Nitro powered r/c boats are generally even faster than gas powered boats, but there are quite a few gasoline models that are comparable. Some nitro boats can run up to 50mph, giving you quite a thrill. Your nitro powered r/c boat will throw out quite a rooster tail on the water, and generally these types of boats should be reserved for a more experienced rc boat hobbyist.
Whichever type of boat you choose, gas, electrically powered, or nitro, rc boating is fun and exhilarating, and a great way to enjoy your time on the water. In general, I'd recommend starting out with an electric boat, if you're a beginner. As you progress in rc boating, you'll naturally move to a gas powered boat, and then if you're really interested in speed, or even racing, you may choose to move to a wicked fast nitro rc boat.
- Written by Lisa Burtons
Windsurfing is the fastest growing water sport in the world. It's fast paced, colorful, and exciting. In canada, with our cold water and rapid changes in weather, it can also be dangerous. Commen sence safety practices can make windsurfing enjoyable and safe for experienced sailors and novices alike.
Each person is required to have an approved personal flotation device or an approved lifejacket. It should be comfortable and designed for active use. Approved PDFs also are available with built in harnesses for windsurfing. Just keep in mind that wetsuits are not an approved PDF. Its flotation is inadequate and it is not brightly coloured. It does however, provide good protection against the effects of cold water.
The largest single danger to sailors is hypothermia or loss of body heat, through exposure to cold water and wind. The unprepaired sailor, chilled to the bone, rapidly becomes incapable of operating a sailboard. If the heat loss is not arrested, unconsciousness and death will follow. To prevent temperature-related problems, dress accordingly. Always watch for weather changes, because they can mean trouble and should be watched, so check the weather forecasts before you head out to the beaches. Wind direction should be determined before heading out. Offshore winds will blow you away from shore and make it difficult to return. Wave direction, flags and trees all indicate wind direction.
Play it safe, know your personal limits. You can get into trouble by overextending yourself. Sail with a buddy for support and assistance in case one of you can't continue. In bad weather, stay close to shore as you will get tired faster working against the elements. If you do get tired, head for land immediately. On long distance outings, use an escort vessel. Its always good to know the area where you are windsurfing. Be fully aware of local hazards.
Avoid heavy traffic ares, including shipping lanes, marina entrances, swimming beaches and narrow channels. It is very difficult for other vessels to see you. Try to keep your sail out of the water so you may be seen. While a sailboard is very manoeuvrable, other larger vessels may not be. Give them a wide berth at all times. Rules of the road. A sailboard is legally defined as a vessel and must be operated in a thoughtful and courtous fashion.
Normally, a power vessel must keep clear of a sailing vessel. However, in situations where a large vessel is operating in a restricted channel or shipping lane, and has difficulty in manoeuvring, this rule does not apply and a sailing vessel must keep clear. In situations where two sailing vessels meet, the following rules apply:
1. A sailing vessel with the boom to the port has a starboard tack and right of way over vessels on port tack.
2. If both vessels have the boom on the same side, the one most downwindhas the right of way.
3. In an overtaking situation, the overtaking vessel must keep clear.
Note: All vessels have an obligation to avoid collision, regardless of right of way.
So having covered the most important parts maintenance is next. Keep your board and rigging in good shape and pay perticular attention to your outhaul rigging lines. Sails and rigging deteriorate if not stored out of the weather. When transporting your board, ensure it is properly secured to your vehicle to prevent it from being damaged or injuring someone else.
Always leave your sail plan with a relative or friend so someone knows where you are sailing and when you are expected to return. Self rescue, if you are in trouble, furl your sail, place the mast and sail on the board and paddle to shore. This is the preferred method to use, especially if you have a long distance to go.
To signal distress from a sailboard, use the recognized arm signal, you can also have a personal flare set or distress strobe attached to a PDF. Safety leashes are a good thing to avoid completely losing your sail rig in rough weather, use a strong leash. It must be anchored firmly to the board and mast. For Beginners the easiest and safests way to learn windsurfing is through a reconized and ceritfied school. For further information contact:
Canadian Coast Guard, Western Region
1661 Whyte Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6J-1A9, Tel: 1-604-666-0146
- Written by Craig Dannerd
Windsurfing is a fun sport that's not too hard to learn. Once you've mastered it, you can do it just about anywhere. You'll need water, wind and your windsurfing gear. This sport is relaxing will allow you to enjoy the many wonders of nature. People from all over the globe take part in this solo sport. You're in luck if you live in a town on the ocean, or a lake, because you can windsurf just about any time you feel like it.
Many people have the misconception that windsurfing requires immense upper and lower body strength to do it. To the delight of those who wish to learn windsurfing, this sport has practically very little to do with strength. The sport focuses on balance and working with the wind. Many beginners in their enthusiasm try to force the equipment to go one way or another and find it very difficult especially when they try to work against the wind.
To learn the basics correctly, it is better to take a few lessons. These lessons shall teach you about the basics of how to put your equipment together, what everything is used for, some basic stances, and what to do in certain safety situations. All these are important aspects to learn before venturing to whiz with the wind. A few lessons would make you confident to take to this sport on your own.
Especially for beginners, it is a good idea to commence learning in a nice light breeze. The demands of windsurfing safely in strong windy conditions may be telling on a beginner who is as yet struggling to keep balance and learning the basics of this sport. Presence of other windsurfers in the area where you plan to enjoy the sport is a good indication of existence of favorable conditions to enjoy windsurfing and venturing out alone. When you are ready to go out windsurfing there are several precautions you should take. Even if you are experienced, going with a friend is wise. This is crucial if you are learning.
There are certain measures you should take for safety's sake when you head out to windsurf. Go with someone, even if you've been doing it for a while. This is especially important if you're still learning. Should something happen to you on the water, your partner can call for help or give you a hand. What about a life jacket? Those used in boating are usually too constraining. They do manufacture flotation devices to be used by each windsurfer and these allow for the necessary mobility.
There will always be instances when some assistance may be required. A beginner should remember that in case you topple, hang onto the board as it always floats. While a life jacket is the best precaution to take, you should also remember that the international distress signal is waving both hands over your head. Safe windsurfing shall enhance your enjoyment and experience of this sport.
If you haven't gone windsurfing before, you should rent equipment a few times before even considering a purchase. You can rent equipment for around $15-20 for a few hours. If you decide after trying it a few times that you don't enjoy it you've only lost out on a few dollars. Buying windsurfing equipment can cost up to $1,000 so you should be sure that you want to pursue it in the long term before making that kind of financial equipment.
Windsurfing can be a great and exhilarating experience. Nearly anyone can learn how after just a few lessons. Make sure your instructor is well-qualified as well as certified.
- Written by Lisa Burtons
1. Windsurfing is hard to learn. False. Windsurfing can be easily be picked up on a sunday morning with the right teacher, by noon you may feel like a pro already. The only time it's difficult to learn is when the wrong equipment is used in the wrong conditions. With the right gear you can pick it up in just a few hours.
2. Windsurfing is expensive. It could be. But it can also be very affordable. Basic set-up can cost somewhere in the neighbourhood of $800, and from there, the wind is free.
3. Need to be strong to windsurf. False. Windsurfing is like golf when it comes to strenght. Muscling it will get you nowhere. It's a finesse sport.
4. Lots of wind to windsurf. Not likely, Windsurfing can be done in a breeze, or in a storm. Professional windsurfing is usually done in around 20 mph winds. But the average windsurfer uses less than 10 mph. So really any wind will do.
5. Need to be young and athletic to windsurf. Hardly. Sure, many windsurfers look athletic, but that's because it's great exercise. Windsurfers come in all shapes, sizes and ages.
6. Windsurfing is dangerous. False. With the right gear, widsurfing is one of the safest sports out there.
7. Windsurfing is a guy's sport. False. It's a finesse sport, not a strenght sport. And who has more finesse? A look in any windsurfing magazine would also show the same thing.
8. Hawaii is the only place to windsurf. False. You may see lots of coverage in the Aloha state, because it's a fun spot for the top sailors. But windsurfing takes place on all kinds of water bodies even the okanagan lake.
9. Some say windsurfing is technical. This is true if your trying to set a new speedsailing record. Or the science that goes into the equipment development may be very technical. But it makes it increasingly more simple for the average person. You don't even need to know how to tie a knot.
10. Windsurfing is a passing fad. False. Windsurfing has been going strong for nearly 30 years now. It's been an olympic sport for a decade. Don't let another great thing pass you by.
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