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Old 08-10-05, 03:06 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 08-10-05, 03:15 PM   #2
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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.

For the money, I'd rather have a kayak.
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Old 08-10-05, 03:37 PM   #3
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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
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Don't own one, but have used some. Kind of boring. These look cool though.

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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
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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.
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Go to www.hobiecat.com and look at the mirage drive. I know someone that has one and he says it will fly
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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
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here are a whole bunch of homebuilt fast pedal boats. pictures and race results.

http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisi...robowl2004.htm
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I rented one once....wasn't very impressed. It wasn't nearly as fun as it looked.
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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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