Hot idea, need investors!

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by BHOFM, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. BHOFM
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    BHOFM Senior Member

    A stationary pedal boat!

    Like a stationary bike, but it cost 10 times as much and
    needs twice the maintenance and you have to paint it
    every two years!
     
  2. mr curious
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    mr curious gunkholer supreme

    spam! :mad:























































    j/k :D
     
  3. tinhorn
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    tinhorn Senior Member

    hahahahaha!
     
  4. Trevlyns
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    Trevlyns Senior Citizen/Member

    AND we could start a whole new thread on how to design it - epoxy or polyurethane resin, glassed or painted, avoiding pitch poling, repetitive strain injuries (pedaling too fast) - the possibilities are endless! :D
     
  5. Guest625101138

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    I made one. So nothing new here.

    Here is a video of it in action:
    http://boatdesign.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=23962&d=1217822926

    I need an air brake to simulate the propeller and you would be amazed how much air it could stir around.

    Maintenance of the chain was an issue and the nylon cord did not last very long so it now just has 10kg weights fitted to the pedals through pulleys enabling them to be lifted and lowered. Has reduced maintenance requirements. So if you make one this is the recommended approach. You can easily alter the weights to change the effort. The speed of stroke has to be limited as there is a tendency for the weights to overshoot on the upstroke and the rope lose tension on the downstroke if you go more than about 60cps.

    I have a TV set up in front of it and run ship videos when I exercise. Not a bad substitute for being on one of the boats but I can exercise any night when the lake is out of bounds.

    Rick W.
     
  6. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Neat :D:D:D:D:D
     
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    One of the benefits of aging is my diminished short term memory. This means by the time I get to the last episode of the Onedin Line (I have the boxed set) I can start all over again and most of it is new to me.

    I also have Water World and sometimes go through it on a long training session.

    Rick W.
     
  8. safewalrus
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    safewalrus Ancient Marriner

    Ain't that a bit of a washout at times Rick?
     
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    Do you mean Water World or the fact that I'm pedal boating on land? You could not mean the Onedin Line - It is the best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrxabPBu4gM
     
  10. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    It reminds "Safie" of his youth as a "cabin boy" - the Captain thought he had a cabin girl in disguise or did not discriminate?
     

  11. safewalrus
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    safewalrus Ancient Marriner

    Sorts yer piles out tho' mas!
     
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