Pedal Drive

Discussion in 'Propulsion' started by bassCat, May 5, 2012.

  1. bassCat
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    bassCat New Member

    Please forgive me if I am asking a question that has already been asked and answered.

    I am in the process of building a pontoon boat for me and my wife to fish off of in local lakes and perhaps the intercoastal water way. I will be following plans I purchassed from RebelCat. However, I plan to modify it to use both ores and pedals as the means of propulsion (instead of a sail). I feel that I will have no problem with the PVC pontoon construction and deck, but am not interested in building the pedal drive unit. I have searched high and low, but have not been able to locate a complete drive system. Optimally, I would like to have a unit that would allow for two peddlers and easy retraction of the prop for shallow water. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. johneck
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    johneck Senior Member

    Look at this website. I have not used one, but it looks like a very nice unit.

    There is also a very nice flapping unit, the Hobie Mirage drive, which I have used and is excellent.

    (As an aside, people usually use OARS for rowing)
  3. Chikokishi
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    Chikokishi Junior Member


    I apologize on behalf on everyone in the world who are unable to read a post and give a response that is even remotely close to the actual question.

    I am trying to design a pedal system myself, if you look on google images for "pedal drive boat" or other similar terms, you may find images of other peoples ideas. Alternatively, there is a website (Recumberants?) that has for sale a pedal drive system that you can add to a boat.

    Hopefully i helped a little if you are still looking for help.


  4. KDB955
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    KDB955 New Member

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