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Sally Newcomb20/05/2012 21:41:50
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I know nothing about model boats, radio or remote control boats, so need some help.

We have a very large pond and I am about to have a party and would love to have 2 or 3 radio or remote controlled boats to race round the pond. Ideally we'd hire the boats or buy them 2nd hand on Ebay. But I'm not against the idea of buying new if they arent too expensive. They dont have to be particularly fast. It's not a lake, just a big pond.

How straightforward is it to do this?

What is the difference between radio controlled and remote controlled?

Mobile phone signal is very poor in the area, so would we struggle to pick up a frequency?

How long will they keep going after charging?

What do I look for and where do I look?

Thanks in advance


shipwright20/05/2012 22:13:38
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Hello Sally,

My first thought is that you might be able to get some help from a local (to you) model boat club. Is this to be a "one off" display or do you want to sail boats on your pond on a regular basis ?

Don't worry about radio frequency - the boats are normally controlled line of sight from a handheld radio transmitter. In principle, you could control a model boat by using transmission method other than radio (eg light) but in practice radio is the norm.

How long will they run for without recharging ? Difficult to say because this depends on many factors - but 1 hour is quite practical.

What is the approximate size of your pond and how deep is it? Also is it reasonably "weed free" (propellers tend to get tangled up in weed).


Sally Newcomb20/05/2012 22:26:29
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Hi Ian

Thanks for your reply. It's for a one off birthday party, (unless I get hooked!), hence not wanting to spend too much.

Re weeds - we're pulling the weeds up, so there won't be many.

Size, um approx 5m x 20m I'd say.



shipwright20/05/2012 23:07:19
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I did a quick search for model boat clubs and this link gives a list :


If it is only a "one off" event there seems little point in purchasing model boat(s) - much better to persuade some keen model boaters to help you by sailing their boats on your pond.


Len Ochiltree21/05/2012 18:41:09
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Hi Sally,

You could use the party to raise funds for the RNLI. face 1

Where are you based?.


Sally Newcomb21/05/2012 22:40:34
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I'm more than happy to make a donation, but it is a private birthday party, so I cant really ask for money.

HR2 postcode



Len Ochiltree23/05/2012 17:40:04
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HR 2 Post Code? the post office does not know that one. I was only asking so that any one in your area may be able to help. Country, County, and Town would help.smiley


Sally Newcomb23/05/2012 18:48:49
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Ooh sorry. Didn't mean to be awkward. Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. Half way between Hereford and Ross on wye. UK

Telstar23/05/2012 23:31:48
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Hi Sally

Maybe an email to the secretary of Gloucester model boat club would give results



Andy 456 127/02/2013 11:09:07
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