I've noticed a large influx of 'toys' in the remote control boat catagory. Now i know they are all 'toys' (!) but i think it might be useful to list a few pointers from people new to the hobby, or looking to buy presents for others. Firstly, to put it into perspective, a fairly GOOD r/c boat will set you back about £100 [cheaper on e-bay!], plus the cost of the radio gear (2 channel, 27mhz) of about £40. These boats will go about 10-15MPH (Faster than the cheap toy- yes, really!) and will be a perfect starting point, with upgrades of batteries/ motors/ props etc available from your local model shop.
THE CHEAP TWIN ENGINE 380 BOATS ARE NOT THE BARGIN THAT YOU THINK, IT IS HARD TO GET SPARES- THE PROPS BREAK REALLY EASILY- VERY HARD TO UPRATE, AND DO NOT HAVE INTERCHANGABLE FREQUENCIES
(important if you wish to run at a lake with others)
The best advice i can give for starting any hobby is to find your local club, pop along and ask questions.
Buy recognised name brands ie Ripmax/ Kyosho, Graupner, Robbe, Traxxas, Tamiya etc
Buy from the uk -you may get charged import tax, may be broken, cant get spares, postage may be high
Buy the best you can afford, if you dont like it, it will still be worth money, unlike the 'toys', so you can re-list it
Use google, or any other search engine, try and join forums etc, we're really friendly!
The old addage of: if it sounds too good to be true- it prob is!