Originally Posted by circuitfxr
A good hobby class boat for beginners is the Traxxas Villain. It is large enough and fast enough to handle most water conditions and still give a thrill of speed. The Villain ia available in both electric and nitro form. I suggest the electric to begin with. It has dual motors with a dual outdrive system and is very easily upgradable should you want more speed,water cooling, or any number of other upgrades. The hull design is strong and is very hard to flip or capsize. The boat handles well at slower speeds for beginners and has the power to be compettitive. There are smaller electrics available on the market but they often lack the ability to be upgraded. Try the Villain. You won't be dissapointed. BTW you can usually find some used Villains on e-bay relatively cheap. Some of them are without radio gear or servos....but you say you have those already....could save you some money.
Anybody else know of a better starter boat?
Great suggestion, Traxxas Villain is a great boat, its performance was excellent, my first boat is also villain, its good for beginners because its ready-to-run model boat kit. This means "all most all" the assembly work is done. You still have to put on the antenna, graphics, and install the batteries in the boat and radio.