I hear ya, I went ahead and PMed Selph and asked him about the boat and price. Thanks again for the info. It seems we went from ''Hey, this should be easy'' to OMG! lol but we are addicted now and do not even have a real run time yet at all.
I've been a car guy for 15 years (maybe 16 now?) and for a loooong time I never thought I would want a boat. Mainly due to the fact if (since I'm a glow-only guy) it stalls on the lake, your S.O.L on getting it back "easily". Then I got some free airplane (glow) engines from a friend and decided to build an airboat. For similar reasons to boats, I didnt want to fly a plane though that was based on a fear of crashing it. I now have 3 airboats that are built, and 1 more on the building board right now. I also plan to buy a plane sometime in the next 6 months also.
I think the RC hobby is a can of worms for a lot of people. For me, I just love everything about small engines. The noise, quirks, smell, and power.. It just amazes me how something so small (and coming from fullsize auto shop mentality) can run without piston rings... Seemed crazy to me at first.
It can be a lot of fun. I love the RC hobby. When I take my fullsize fishing boat out, I bring one of my airboats with for when the fish don't bite, plus its an easy retrieval vessel.
BTW: there's a strictly airboat forum on that SI website, also. If you want some other ideas of what people are building/have built, check out the forum.