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Anybody tried a pedal powered boat? ( off topic )(5 posts)

Anybody tried a pedal powered boat? ( off topic )superdog
Jun 29, 2003 8:40 PM
...and I don't mean those pedal powered paddle wheel boats you rent at the fair. I was thinking about purchasing one of these boats so I could "ride" and do something a little different, to get out of traffic and get a change of scenery.

I don't know anybody who has either one of these pedal boats. The seacycle looks like it would have less drag in the water but you are sitting up high in the wind. The hydrocycle looks like it would be more aerodynamic to the wind but would have more drag in the water.

Have any of you ever used something like this to privide a "change of pace" to your workout routine?
Would be nice to rent one first (nm)LC
Jun 29, 2003 9:16 PM
Rode one similar to the SeaCycle very brieflycory
Jun 30, 2003 8:20 AM
In Hawaii a couple of years ago, I started talking to a guy who'd rented a pedal boat similar to the seacycle, and I rode it very briefly--just a couple of minutes, out and turn around and come back. It was fun in an if-I-lived-on-the-water way, but not something I'd consider unless I could just shove it off the dock and hop in. You're right about sticking up in the wind (people were blowing all over, struggling to get back to shore).
Don't know anything at all about the other one. At a guess, based on what little I remember about hydro drag and human power output, I'd bet it isn't nearly as fast as they sort of imply it is.
I've done a kick paddle kayakrrjc5488
Jun 30, 2003 7:35 PM
I work in a kayak store (hey! im only 15) and i've used a kick paddle kayak. Its not a circular motion like a crank, but more back and forth. Its a nice change of pace!
I've done a kick paddle kayaksuperdog
Jun 30, 2003 8:24 PM
I've never heard of this... I'll have to look it up on google search engine.