The Escapade by Nauticraft

>>> The Escapade by Nauticraft


Cute take on a pedal powered tender. Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine recently did an audio/podcast which gives some background and "review" type information.

The boat’s efficient Nauticraft designed single pedal drive system turns a 15" propeller, making movement through water feel effortless, reaching speeds up to 5 mph. A spade type rudder provides easy and effective turning capability, controlled by a side mounted steering handle. The sailboat type hull positions the operator down inside the cockpit. Features a dry shelf up front for items you don’t want to get wet and stretch cord retaining system around the front perimeter of the cockpit keeps life jackets, towels and even a beverage safely tucked away. A rear bench seat fits 1 to 2 people with a molded in storage compartment beneath the seat cushion.

Deckster – the boat with a hole in it

>>> Deckster – the boat with a hole in it

Wooden Widget has released plans for a new, nifty design. Instead of a "folding" dinghy this time, we have a dinghy that you can remove the bow of and nestle it around your mast or other obstacle.

There is a provision to install a Hobie Mirage drive. This is a "pedal" setup that moves two flexible fins below the water. You stay dry (or at least your feet don’t go in the water), but the boat moves.

Looks slick, although the drive is a bit pricey. Plans are very reasonable and from my experience on my previous build, are very detailed and good.

Jet-Boat vs. Pedal Boat

We covered Adventures of Greg and his goal of making the fastest human powered trans-Atlantic crossing a while back. Well, his boat is in the water and this video shows them doing some stability testing by "waking" it with a go-fast.

Pretty stable. I like the retractable outriggers, and how they give righting flotation even in their retracted position.