LOL. Well, I never expected to go down the wine path, but it certainly added some great humor to this post.
I do want to go down the path of powering the existing Kyosho Fairwind III model I have. Since it has some fairly extensive cracks, I'm going to use it as a test/learning platform, and then take that knowledge and experience to a net new Fairwind III I can personalize (and power). I'm in the mindset of making it similar to a real boat - the kind I grew up on (complete with auxiliary power). I love when things in the scale model world are able to mimic (and replicate) on a scale level the capabilities of full scale craft.
I've done a fair amount of research over the past couple of days on speed controllers, power options, batteries, and remote control radio systems, but I have a long way to go - and I think some experimenting will allow me to gain experience. Winters in New England can be long, so I have plenty of time to work on the experiments before the lake(s) thaw in the Spring.
That said, any experience others have had out there is very welcome - and I will share anything I learn in the coming months. I'll be looking to understand better how to link motors, speed controllers, batteries, and radio systems together that will effectively work - and now that I see different voltages, battery types, radio types, etc., out there, I realize I have a lot to learn!