5 Best RC Boats For Beginners to Start With

If you’re just starting out in the remote controlled hobby world, then you should definitely consider getting an RC boat. Remote controlled boats are some of the most entertaining vehicles available in the marketplace today.

It is hard to determine which Best RC Boats for beginners, so this list will help break down some of the top candidates that you should consider, their benefits and drawbacks for each model, and things we like and didn’t like. We’ll also take into consideration how difficult they are to clean, maintain, how durable they are if the difficulty is right for beginners and safety overall.

Review of Best RC Boats for Beginners

Recoil 17” Self-Righting Deep-V Brushless RC Boat - Editorial Choose

ProBoat Recoil 17 brushless Deep V RTR

This beginner RC boat is great for those who have a little experience in the past. This model can reach speeds of up to twenty-five (25+) mph in the water. In addition, one of the most unique features of this RC boat is that it has a self-righting feature. If you get in trouble, you don’t have to worry as the engineering team behind this RC boat have made sure that you can get out of a jam with this unique feature.

Another great feature of this RC boat is that it has a brushless water-cooled motor and a 2.4Ghz marine radio system. This beast of a beginner RC boat comes with an aluminum rudder to provide great handling and stability while it’s racing at top speeds in the water. It also comes with a molded composite two blade propeller to ensure that top speeds can be reached with ease as it cuts through the water.

This RC boat measures in at roughly seventeen (17) inches in length, and over four inches in beam size (width). Even though this RC boat is long and gives off the perception that it is quite heavy, it only weighs in at 1.15 lbs (0.52kg), which is the perfect size for easy transportation. This RC boat comes fully assembled and doesn’t require any extra work, and is recommended for outdoor use only for its size and power.

Things We Liked

  • Top Speeds of 25+ MPH
  • Self-Righting System
  • Lightweight
  • Handling

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Length
  • Might Be Too Powerful For Beginners

Traxxas Blast - Best of All

Traxxas Blast Best RC Boats for Beginners

Traxxas makes our list of best RC boats for beginners because they are once again the name that everybody knows in the business. Traxxas has a history of engineering powerful remote controlled machines that beginners and experienced users love.

This high-performance electric race boat comes with a host of features that will help a beginner grow into an experienced RC motorist without having to upgrade in the future. In addition, Traxxas has made it possible to add additional features without having to bankroll a larger purchase.

Traxxas, just like the first mention on our list of best RC boats for beginners, has installed a water cooling system to keep their engine cool to run for long periods of time. This beast of a machine comes with a 2.4Ghz radio system that will communicate easily with the sealed receiver box, Nautica waterproof electronic speed control and waterproof high-torque servo with ease. The complete waterproof electronic set make is possible to spend an entire day with this machine with ease.

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As is customary with Traxxas products, their Stinger 20 turn motor makes it possible to zip around in the water with no problem at all, and the 24 inch Deep V hull design ensures handling isn’t an issue with the increased power.

Traxxas has built in foam to provide flotation without requiring the engine to be running to float. This is great for beginners who won’t have to worry about their RC boat sinking while they get set up or risk injury from accidentally starting the motor while their hands are in the wrong place.

As mentioned before, Traxxas has also made it a priority for beginners to have the capabilities to upgrade later on in their purchase life if they want, by adding additional telemetry to the Blast. This means that if any owner has an iPhone or iPod Touch, they can add telemetry-ready components to add the extra bit of information while zipping around. With an affordable price and ready to drive system makes this a perfect beginner RC boat.

Things We Liked

  • Water Cooling System
  • Waterproof Electronics
  • 20 Turn Motor
  • Superb Styling
  • 4-6 Cell Battery Operation For Long Usage
  • 24 Inch Length
  • Back-End Modifications and Customer Support
  • Affordability
  • Boat Stand
  • Usable in Both Swimming Pools and Large Lakes

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Difficult To Transport Cause of Length (24 inches)

Atomik Barbwire 17 Inch RTR Brushless Electric Self Righting Deep-V Hull RC Boat

Atomik Barbwire 17 Inch RTR Brushless Electric Self Righting Deep-V Hull RC Boat

The Barbwire 17 inch RC boat made by Atomik is a unique looking RC boat that combines features from the affordable and expensive RC boat industry into one great package. This brushless motor boat comes with the performance, quality, and styling of some of the larger scale boats that Atomik is so widely known for.

This deep-v hull boat cuts through the water with their responsive features that provide superb handling you can only find in more expensive models. The water cooled brushless motor that comes standard with the Barbwire ensures that this RC boat can handle anything thrown its way. In addition, the self-righting feature that comes with the Barbwire is great for those who aren’t looking to have to swim out to their RC boat just to turn it right side up.

This RC boat comes ready to run with no assembly required, two to three cell batteries and is powered by a 20C 3S 1300mAh LiPo Battery. For those looking to have a good entry into the marketplace, this boat can reach speeds of up to twenty-five (25+) mph. This boat is great for those who are looking to have some of the best features available in the marketplace for a slightly more affordable price.

This boat is also extremely lightweight, weighing in at just under one lb.

Things We Liked

  • Extremely Lightweight
  • Self-Righting Features
  • Speeds Up To 25 MPH
  • Water Cooled Brushless Motor
  • Great Handling

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Styling

Udirc 2.4 Ghz High Speed Remote Control Electric Boat


Udirc enters the RC boat market with their entry level remote controlled boat, the UDI001. This high speed remote controlled RC boat comes with a USB rechargeable battery that will owners charge without having to buy any extra equipment. In addition, this tiny entry level boat is great for beginners who can reach a high speed of fifteen (15) mph without having to worry about too much power.

This beginner RC boat also comes with a self-righting feature that you will only find in some of the most premium models on our list of beginner RC boats. This RC boat comes with a water cooled single prop motor that creates opportunities for speed and affordability. This boat is one of the smallest and most lightweight of our beginner boats as it measures in at under thirteen (13) inches, and weighs in at 11.2 ounces.

One unique feature about this beginner RC boat is that it also comes with a low battery alarm that will sound when you need to bring the boat in from the water. This is great so that you don’t have to worry about stranding your RC boat when the battery runs out. The affordability of this beginner RC boat is another positive as this boat comes with an entry level price point perfect for those looking to get started.

One of the only concerns with this beginner boat is that it doesn’t already come paired between the controller and the boat. Therefore, we cannot say that it is ready to run in comparison with our other models. This product does require some easy pairing between the devices which should only take a few minutes.

Things We Liked

  • USB Charger
  • Size
  • Lightweight
  • Low Battery Warning
  • Self-Righting Feature

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Styling
  • Not Ready To Run (Some Assembly and Pairing Required)

Ginzick 4 Channel RC Speed Zoom Race Boat - Beginner Choose

Ginzick 4ch Rc Remote Control Speed Zoom Race boat

This remote controlled boat by Ginzick is perfect for beginners who are looking to see whether or not the RC boating industry is right for them. This extremely low-cost affordable option is great for individuals looking to get their feet wet (pun intended).

The Ginzick 4 Channel RC Speed Zoom Race Boat comes with only a few control options: Forward, Backward, Left, Right, and Speed Variation. The limited controls make this a perfect beginner boat to figure out how the control scheme generally works with remote controlled boats.

This beginner RC boat made by Ginzick is perfect for pools, small ponds, small rivers, and lakes. This boat will only run in the water. Engineered with decent quality and performance this boat measures in at nine (9) inches in length and four (4) inches in width.

This boat comes with a lip battery and charger, boat stand for storage, and a nine (9) volt battery that comes included. This boat has a charging time of roughly one hour for twenty-two (22) minutes of usage. Ready to run and fully assembled, this boat is great for beginners who are looking for an extremely affordable entry point with basic control functionality and handling into the RC boat industry.

Things We Liked

  • Extremely Basic Controls for Beginners
  • Affordable Entry Point Into Marketplace
  • Length
  • Ready-To-Run (RTR)

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Weight
  • Long Charge Time With Limited Extremely Short Run/Play Time
  • Manufacturing Quality Concern
  • Strictly Beginner RC Boat


We have covered some of the best RC boats for beginners, along with the benefits and negatives of each boat we mentioned. There are some large differences between each model that need to be considered before making your purchase, such as power, how long will you use this particular model, do you have any experience beforehand, room for back-end features, customization, back-end customer support, etc.

Remote controlled boats are a great way to get into the RC world as they offer a great opportunity for fun with little maintenance and cleaning required.

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