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killahkosha 08-10-05 03:06 PM

pedal boat
 
Does anyone here have a pedal boat? Are they fun to ride around a lake with a friend in? Would you reccomend for someone to get one?

-Jason Kelller

eubi 08-10-05 03:15 PM

I have rented them, and they are fun for a while.

I saw one on sale at Pep Boys, of all places, a few weeks back.

Kind of slow. Seats aren't adjustable, didn't have clipless pedals, blah, blah. :D

For the money, I'd rather have a kayak.

RocketsRedglare 08-10-05 03:37 PM

google "waterbike" they ride alittle bit more efficently than "pedalboats"

They are fun if you want to putz around calm water for a little bit, but even the best ones are fairly slow, and the novelty wears off pretty fast.

You would probably get a lot more enjoyment out of a kayak or "sit on top" kayak

Bikemiker 08-10-05 03:51 PM

Don't own one, but have used some. Kind of boring. These look cool though.

Easyboat
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27.../easyboatb.jpg

Flying Fish
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...miker/fish.jpg

RocketsRedglare 08-10-05 04:02 PM

i want that easy boat.

I've seen the flying fish in action. Pretty impressive. It would be cool if they actually manufactured it.

Check out the entire url: http://www.artcenter.edu/exhibit/anthro/antique.html there is some neat stuff in there

But personally, this is how I like to play on the water:
http://www.hudsonboatworks.com/05paint/paintdesigns.htm

Bikepacker67 08-10-05 04:02 PM

Flying Fish
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...miker/fish.jpg[/QUOTE]

WOW!

The Flying Fish, designed by Alec Brooks and Allan Abbott, has reached a 100 meter speed of 20.06 mph/17.43 knots. It has been profiled in Scientific American, and Popular Science magazines.
It features a catamaran type flotation system, allowing for a light, compact craft. The drive chain is twisted to eliminate a gear box, and uses a 1/4 inch chain. The rider pedals in a standard cycling position, which allows for the use of standard equipment during training.

The 2000 meter speed for this vehicle is faster than the 2000 meter time for an 8-man rowing shell at the same site (The 1933 Olympic site in Long Beach), and nearly as fast as the current world record for an 8-man shell.

Rev.Chuck 08-10-05 04:53 PM

Go to www.hobiecat.com and look at the mirage drive. I know someone that has one and he says it will fly

RocketsRedglare 08-10-05 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck
Go to www.hobiecat.com and look at the mirage drive. I know someone that has one and he says it will fly

A lot of people in Dana Point have them, and they do seem to more pretty nicely

lowracer1 08-10-05 08:48 PM

here are a whole bunch of homebuilt fast pedal boats. pictures and race results.

http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisi...robowl2004.htm

KingTermite 08-10-05 10:51 PM

I rented one once....wasn't very impressed. It wasn't nearly as fun as it looked.

77Univega 08-10-05 11:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KingTermite
I rented one once....wasn't very impressed. It wasn't nearly as fun as it looked.

--- Ditto. They take a lot of energy for very slow performance. A good ride to give restless kids--wears them out but they don't get far.


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