Best RTR boat for under $300
One of my friends is looking for a good RTR boat for under 300 bucks. They are looking for something in the 20-30" range, under 300 and fast. More than 25mph. If there is a really great boat that is a bit out of the price or size range, they could probably be convinced.
IMO, if their budget is $300, stretch it and get something in the $350 range. Any of the RTR boats under $300 are vastly different in quality/performance than the ones in the $350 range.
Under $300 and over 20" you're looking at:
ProBoat Widow Maker
Aquacraft Rio EP
ProBoat Shockwave 26
ProBoat Impulse 26
If you bump that to about $350 you get:
Aquacraft Motley Crew
ProBoat Impulse 31 <- this would likely be my first suggestion to them.
ProBoat Miss Geico
Aquacraft SV-27R (wouldn't be my first choice, but its in the range)
On top of the boat, they'll need batteries and a charger as well, which will add about $150 + shipping from HK for enough batteries for two runs and a charger.
Out of the sub $300 boats, I think the only one that will run 25mph and not be jumping out of the water all over the place is the shockwave 26. The widow maker doesn't seem to be good for speed, more for jumping around and having fun.
The mono isn't bad looking at all, I'd be ashamed to show may face at the pond with that rigger thing! LMAO!
I'd have serious doubts about any of the electronics in either, probably be the typical last for one run cheap chinese rtr garbage.
Be like most of those non brand toys, keep the hull and throw everything else out!
You can buy those things all over E**Y for dirt cheap.
I'd look for a used Proboat Geico or Impulse, this would put him in a good boat for the price range he is looking at.
The Geico may not be quite as good a turning boat as the Motley Crew but it is a far superior quality product.
Plus it doesn't look like it was painted by one of the people we made fun of in the 80's!
Last edited by siberianhusky; Sep 12, 2011 at 05:48 AM.
The boat Scorpion linked to is a really good one!
The motor can turn a 43,5K without problems and makes the boat really quick.
(I have two of these, in the ARPRO outfit, and they run well)
Like all RTR there are a few 'issues', like the fake exausts, which were open on my boats; after a flip the boat fills really nice through them...
Close the tubes and tape the hatch!
If you're going for the R2H mono, get the large Arowana, with a modest motor it'll run 40 mph, upgradable with Chinese motors until well over 50 mph.
Check out the large thread on the 31,5"Arowana on this forum.
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