Although there is a huge difference between laser sailing and sailing the best RC sailboat, they are both hobbies that are attractive to all ages. In fact, racing toy sailboats can be either competitive or just for fun. Regardless, if you are a laser sailor who just has to be in or around the water at all times, having your own RC yacht is a great idea.
If you don’t know much about RC sailing, as the name suggests, it involves the use of a radio-controlled sailboat. There are many different kinds of sailboats available in the marketplace, and they are operated in basically the same manner as a radio-controlled plane, helicopter, race car or any other type of miniature scale model. Racing a remote controlled sailboat is fun and filled with just about as much action as racing a real sized laser sailboat.
Here are some specifications of some of the most popular remote control sailboats:
|Image||Boat||Dimensions (length x beam x height)||Weight||Hull||Remote||Batteries||Reviews||Price|
|RC Laser Sailboat||1054mm / 41.5in|
333mm / 13.1in
2160mm / 85in (A Rig)
|9 lb /|
|One piece molded polyethylene||2-channel AM system||8-12 AA|
5 out of 5 stars (although we might be slightly biased ☺)
|POCO DIVO Compass RG65 RC Sailing Boat||650mm / 25.6in|
135mm / 5.3in
1365mm / 53.7in
|2.9 lb /|
|ABS Molded Hull||2.4Ghz|
4.5 out of 5 stars
|Pro Boat Westward 18″ RC Sailboat||206mm / 18.1in|
112mm / 4.4in
775mm / 30.5in
|4.4 lb /|
|ABS Molded Hull||2.4Ghz||8 AA|
3.3 out of 5 stars
|Aquacraft Vela One Meter Sailboat||1016mm / 40in|
165mm / 6.5in
2006mm / 79in
|6 lb /|
3.0 out of 5 stars
|Pro Boat Ragazza 1 Meter Sailboat||1000mm / 39.4in|
247mm / 9.75in
2.47m / 61in
|2.2 lb /|
3.0 out of 5 stars
|Kyosho Seawind 1-Meter RC Racing Yacht||998mm / 39.3in|
226mm / 8.9in
1850mm / 72.8in
|6.6 lb /|
|ABS Molded Hull||2.4Ghz||12 AA|
3.1 out of 5 stars
|Steerix Fusion Micro Catamaran||400mm / 15.7in|
255mm / 10in
710mm / 28in
|3.1 lb /|
|ABS Molded Hull||2.4Ghz|
3.0 out of 5 stars
For more information on this hobby for all ages, contact your local sailing club to see if there are other members racing. They also make great gift ideas for the young aspiring sailor in your family.
Here is a selection of some of the best RC sailboats on the market:
… and for an in-depth look at the RC Laser Sailboat, click here.
RC Laser Sailboat
At over 1m / 3ft long and 2m / 6ft from the tip of the mast to the bottom of the keel, this is the biggest RC sail boat on our list. This is a scaled-down version of the hugely-popular Laser dinghy.
The following in the RC laser has grown recently, with clubs holding regular RC sail boat races and regattas due to its one-design making it very competitive in nature.
The class actually has 4 rigs, so can be rigged depending on the conditions for maximum control and speed.
Make sure that you have a look at this post for an in-depth review and more information on the RC laser sailboat.
Pro Boat Ragazza 1 Meter Sailboat
This RC yacht measures 1 meter / 39.4in long, 247mm / 9.75in wide, 2.47m / 61-inches mast height, and weighs in at 2.2-pounds.
It features a fiberglass hull with aluminum mast and boat stand included. It requires a total of 8 AA batteries to operate and, like its smaller brother (the 18″, mentioned above), it will require some assembly.
This is a great looking boat that is probably best suited to an RC sailor of intermediate experience.
Due to the size of this product, it is hard to miss when in the water and operates smoothly and with ease.
POCO DIVO Compass RG65 RC Sailing Boat
Built strong and durable with an ABS molded hull, this radio-controlled sailboat is spectacular. It has a 950mm / 37.4-inch tall mast and is 650mm / 25.6-inches overall in length (135mm / 5.3-inch beam). Servos are pre-installed and it operates on 8 AA batteries with a 2.4 Ghz 4-channel radio system.
It requires a small amount of assembly, but after that, it is ready to sail, race or display.
This radio controlled sailboat is very lightweight at just 1.35kg / 2.9-pounds and responsive as it will operate in even a gentle breeze.
It is definitely one of the best looking RC yachts on the market.
Pro Boat Westward 18″ RC Sail Boat
The manufacturer says this toy sailboat is easy to use and they mean it. However, even though it says RTR (ready-to-race), there are a few small things you have to assemble, like attaching the rudder and keel, and putting the stand together. Other than that, you’re pretty well good to go. Have a look at the short video below to see it being unboxed.
Made with an ABS molded hull, it measures 18.1-inches long, 30.5-inches high (from the tip of the mast to bottom of the keel) and 4.4-inches wide. It comes with servos that are used to control the sails and rudder, and needs 8 AA batteries to operate the 2.4Ghz transmitter/receiver.
The smaller size makes it a quick and easy radio controlled sailboat for use in swimming pools and any other smaller waterway, although it can hold its own in open water as well.
Aquacraft Vela One Meter Sailboat
This is another lightweight entry made with a strong and durable ABS molded hull and featuring a 550 motor with a 2.4Ghz radio system utilizing a pistol grip.
This RC sail boat requires a total of 8 AA batteries to be fully operational and weighs just 6-pounds. It measures 40-inches in length, 79-inches tall and 6.5-inches wide.
It comes complete with a molded plastic boat stand and instruction manual. Assembly is required and with the use of common hand tools, it should be ready to sail in about an hour.
This is an attractive model with moderate power and can be operated quickly and easily.
Kyosho Seawind 1-Meter RC Sailboat Racing Yacht
A very popular model that has sold in the thousands over the years, this RC yacht features a strong aluminum mast and boom and can be disassembled for easy transportation and storage.
Measuring 40-inches long by 73-inches tall and 9-inches wide, this product weighs 13.6-pounds and operates on the 2.4Ghz radio spectrum.
The ABS molded one-piece hull gives it strength and durability. It will take a couple hours to assemble and contains a lot of rigging pieces. Once completely put together, this impressive, tall yacht is ready for racing and is a simple one to operate.
Steerix Fusion Micro Catamaran RTR
Measuring 28-inches tall, 15.7-inches long and 10-inches wide, this RC sailboat has a durable molded ABS hull with twin keel and rudder design.
The servos are pre-installed and are pre-assembled allowing for quick sailing or racing right out of the box.
The 2.4Ghz 2-channel radio system controls the vessel that the manufacturer calls the easiest radio-controlled catamaran you will ever sail.
It is perfect for use in any size body of water ranging from a pond, lake or pool.
The Choice of the Best RC Sailboat is Yours
Radio-controlled sailing boats are far from toys as they are built to be authentic miniatures (often 1/46 scale) of normal sized racing boats. These smaller toy sailboat versions are popular with collectors and sailing enthusiasts but have in recent years become the focus of regular RC sailboat racing events held at an increasing number of clubs around the country. These races take place in lakes, ponds, and harbors, and can be just for fun or as competitive as the full-sized racing already is.
The quality construction of remote controlled sailboats makes them strong and durable which means that a good quality small scale boat will give you years of racing enjoyment. With the many varieties and styles already available, you can rest assured that you will be able to find something that you’re your style and budget. And with the growing popularity of the sport, who knows… maybe RC sailboat racing will one day become an Olympic-caliber sport.