There’s a huge number of options when it comes to remote Controlled Boats, and this alone can make choosing one difficult. What compounds the matter is that there is no single best boat to look for. Instead, satisfaction depends on matching your needs and what the boat can do. Someone who wants to race will be happy with something totally different than the parent who wants a fancy toy for a child to play with, while yet another person may be happier with a boat this is simply bigger than all the others.
A good racing boat will need the same sorts of things in miniature size as it does in its usual large format. It should be sleekly shaped and only weigh as much as it has to. A remote-controlled racing boat shouldn’t be ultra-light, though. If it’s too light, the waves in a body of water will swamp it too easily. In fact, stability is one of the top requirements of a remote-controlled boat, especially if it’s going to be used on open water.
Toy RC boats, on the other hand, have different requirements. These are typically run in a pool, so they don’t have to be heavy enough to resist the wave action that’d be present in a lake. Even so, they still need to be able to go fast enough to be fun, and they need to be able to make turns with good responsiveness so they can be piloted back and forth in the pool. Finally, they need to be durable. Toys are usually used by kids, and it can take a while for a kid to master operation well enough to avoid sailing the boat into the walls of the pool.
Some people aren’t all that interested in performance, but simply want an RC boat that looks impressive on the water. Since more power is needed the bigger the vessel is, a top priority for these people should be battery life. A big RC yacht won’t be too impressive if you have to swim out to get it back! Big boats can hold bigger batteries, but that doesn’t always translate to longer life. Make sure to check how long they can really run before you plan your day at the beach.