I'm introducing my grandsons to rc sailing, and had a chance to pick up a Riviera very cheap. It appears to have 2 working servos but no radio. What I'm interested in is pulling one of the spare 2.4 GZ aircraft 4 channel radios I have and using it in this sailbot to get them started. That's a 0.00 cost to be as opposed to purchasing the $45 Futaba (http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...1p?&I=LXGRM7**
) with new servos.
Any thought about either approach?
Using your aircraft radio is what many of us do. I use my 8 Channel Airtronics RDS 8000 for my planes and boats. Works great. You will need to take one of the receivers you have from one of your planes to use in the boat, or buy an extra. You may have to change a few settings for the boats you need only 2 channels for a sailboat.
Stick radios work the best for sailboats and for power boats as well. (my opinion) Pistrol grip radios are fine for rolling stock and fast boats, personnally I perfer the stick style.
You didn't ask but I thought I 'd offfer anyway my suggestion of a great boat to start out with. In my opinion, the very best first RCsailboat is the Nirvana ll - to find out about them check out this link for details: http://sailrc.com/sailrcnirvana/home.html
They are not to expensive, are simple enough for a novice and complex enough to keep the attention of advanced sailors for years.
There are many other fine boats, but none that are as simple to set up and learn on as the Nirvana. These is a brand new one listed in the classified section of this forum right now for only $150 asking price. Who knows the price might be flexible?
If you want to learn more about RC Sailing may I suggest you check out the sailboat section of rcgroups.com it is a much more active boating forum than any I have found thus far. There is information there on just about all of the RC boats out there. Here's a link to that site. http://www.rcgroups.com/sailboats-59/
I posted a few pictures of my Nirvana to give you an idea of what they look like. I have been sailing foryears and will alwayshave aNirvana in my collection. Great all around boat!Let us know if you need more info. Enjoy.