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Deep Cycle vs. Dual Purpose
Monday 20th of August 2012
One question asked regularly is what type of battery should be purchased for the Encore pedal electric boat or Electric boat models. There are so...
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I can't believe how fast it goes.

It's so easy to pedal and maneuver around. Makes me feel like a kid again. I just want to keep playing!

- Nancy Sanford


Timeline of Nauticraft Corporation


Pedal boat hobbyist and enthusiast Curtis Chambers purchases the rights to the design of the Mallard, the iconic classic fiberglass pedal boat designed by yacht designer Garry Hoyt and built by Harken, renown yacht hardware manufacturer


After building several Mallards using the original fiberglass process, the decision is made to convert to rotational molding process.  The Mallard is renamed the Escapade.  A new pedal drive system is designed, and the drive unit housing, as well as the seats, rudder and steering handle are also to be manufactured using the rotational molding process.  A new manufacturing facility is completed, which is shared with affiliate company, Dynamic Conveyor. 


Nauticraft takes delivery of a new rotational molding machine and rotational molds.  Production begins on the Escapade.


Tom Parker of Parker Designs completes design of two new Nauticraft pedal boats, the Sprite and the Encore.  Tooling for these two boats is completed and production begins.


Paul Tucker, a 59 year old former British Army Officer, crossed the English Channel twice May 21, 2002 in an Escapade pedal powered boat.  Tucker completed the nearly 60 mile round trip from Folketstone Harbour, England to Calais, France in a Guinness World Record time of 14 hours and 20 minutes.  He was trying to raise $20,000 for the British Royal Legion, an association of former military personnel similar to the Amercian Legion.


The Encore line is expanded to include a pedal and electric combination and an electric only model.  A stock electric trolling motor used in the fishing boat industry is selected as the means of electric powering. 


The Encore P/E (pedal/electric) becomes Nauticraft's #1 best selling boat for the individual buyer.  The Tribute sailboat completes a long gestation period and becomes production ready.


A new web site is launched defining Nauticraft's committment to environmentally conscious boating.

Nauticraft ships 10 Encore Electric Boats to Saudi Arabia for use in Al Shallal Theme Park


Tom Parker of Parker Designs and Curt Chambers of Nauticraft collaborate to design the Super Sprite, the newest Pedal Boat in the Nauticraft line.  It is smaller than the other pedals boats making it easier to ship.  Distribution of the Super Sprite pedal boat is to begin in early 2010.


China became the newest destination for a Nauticraft boat as we shipped an Encore P to Yantai for an individual.  


Nauticraft began selling on Amazon and Wayfair Stores to allow purchasers ease in payment and shipping.