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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?

    -Jason Kelller

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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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    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.

    Easyboat


    Flying Fish
    I gotta Mike my bike.

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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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    Flying Fish
    [/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.

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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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    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

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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
    chris@promocycle.net

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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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    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.
    "The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man's metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well." Ivan Illich ('Energy and Equity')1974

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