It’s raining here today, and every time that happens my thoughts turn to remote control boats, and cruising across the water.
Boats are the logical choice in wet weather. Most of the other RC hobby toys won’t take to the moisture so well. Manufacturers don’t design them for operating in the rain.
If you seal the monster trucks and buggies tight enough so their working components don’t get wet you can run them. You design, and build, your bog pits, and mud courses to run those vehicles in.
But they’re special models aren’t they? You take extra steps to make sure you protect those operating parts from water leakage.
The manufacturers made those boats for wet conditions. All you need is a puddle that’s deep enough to handle the draft, and big enough so the boat can cruise around.
Some of those boats don’t need a very large body of water.
I have a drainage ditch on my property. It runs across the back, and down one side of my yard. Every time one of these heavy rains come along that ditch fills up. And it drains off slowly because a pipe under a driveway just down the road is blocked, and water moves slowly through it.
I have a stretch of water almost 200-feet long, and straight. It’s perfect for playing with a racing cruiser, or hydroplane. That ditch is even wide enough to race two boats side-by-side. It’s fun to see how high a boat shoots a rooster tail when weather comes along like we have today.
You don’t mind that cloudy sky so much when you have remote control boats to get outside and play with.
This kind of weather isn’t just for the racing boats either. With the rainstorms come windy conditions. Those winds give you great opportunities for sailing. What better time to bring out the sailboats, and get the canvas to slapping in the breeze?
Rainy weather gives you a chance to hold a sailing regatta with your RC friends. Set the sails on a group of yachts, and hold some competitions.
Set up a marina, and test your docking skills as you enter, and tie up at your own personal slip.
Get the working boats out, and create a harbor scene. Patrol your harbor with the police boats and fire fighting boats. Build some barges, and move them around with your tugboats. Send the fishing trawlers out for a day’s catch.
Just because it’s raining don’t mean you must stay inside. It’s the best time for enjoying your RC hobby with models designed for wet weather.
So get out there and have a blast with your remote control boats.