Ah, summertime. The livin' is easy, the fish are jumpin', and it's the best time of year for me to get in some RC boating. My newest boat is the Wildcat EP from Aquacraft ($190). This electric-powered catamaran is sold as a ready-to-run package. Let's take a look at the details and then see how she performs.
Preparing the Wildcat EP
The Wildcat EP is completely factory-built, with a plastic hull measuring a little over 25 inches (635mm) long. Twin rudders jutting out past the transom add another 3.5 inches (89mm) to the boat's length. The stickers you see are pre-applied. I like the color scheme, but the stickers on my example have several bubbles and lifted edges.
A large hatch provides access to the onboard radio equipment and running gear. The hatch is held in place with two locating pins in the rear and a swiveling latch in the front. You have to be careful with the pins. I broke one of mine while removing the hatch.
The boat is propelled by a single brushless motor with a flex-drive system connecting the propeller. Aquacraft includes a 50-amp, waterproof electronic speed control (ESC) as well. A pickup at the rear of the hull channels cooling water to the ESC and the motor's aluminum mount.
It is important to keep the receiver and steering servo dry. So both of those components are housed in a waterproof compartment.. A simple pushrod arrangement links the servo to the rudders. The rudders feature a unique break-away mounting system. One of the two bolts securing each rudder is made of nylon. If a rudder hits an obstruction while driving, the nylon bolt will shear and allow the rudder to pivot rearwards without damage. Well, that's the theory anyway.