We’re excited to be at another boat show in Florida! Come check out our Encore Pedal/Electric boat at the Big Boy Toyz Expo:
February 23 – 25, 2018
Charlotte Harbor Event & Convention Center
75th Taylor St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
NOTE: Were sorry to say that we will no longer be at this boat show. We will, though, be at the upcoming Big Boys Toy Show coming up in Florida. More details to follow!! We’re starting off the 2018 New Year with yet another boat show! Come check out the Encore Pedal/Electric boat at the Charlotte County Boat Show in Florida. Specifics are as follows:
17th Charlotte County Boat Show
Date: January 11-14, 2018
Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds
Admission: Free admission to the public and $5 parking.
Address: 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL, 33948
Hope to see you there!!
Thank you, Nancy, for the pictures you sent of your most recent 8-mile excursion on the Mallard Pedal boat in St Petersburg, FL. The Mallard was the predecessor to our Escapade Pedal boat. What a great job she has done in keeping the Mallard looking so good!
Nauticraft has for sale an original Mallard – as well as some original WaterBugs – both designed by Garry Hoyt (renowned yacht designer from Newport, Rhode Island) and built by the Harken Brothers (makers of yacht hardware). (Please reference our blog posting of March 10 which gives a further description of these boats & their history.)
We also have two fiberglass Mallard boats available for sale which were built by Nauticraft in the early years.
The Mallards are all in good operating condition. The Waterbugs will need some refurbishing and are being sold in “as is” condition. Call or E-mail us if you are interested! 231-798-8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Nauticraft’s “End of Season” specials! For a limited time only, we are offering a 10% discount off the price of a new boat. Be sure to reference the special when you contact us! We also have in stock several demo boats that have been discounted. These boats all come with our full 2-year warranty. You can contact us either via E-mail at: email@example.com or via phone at 231-798-8440. Note our business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., EST, Monday – Thursday. We look forward to hearing from you & selling you a boat!!
Nauticraft will have a display of the Escapade Pedal Boat at Muskegon’s 6th Annual Earth Fair Expo . It will be located at Montague High School, and is scheduled for April 22nd from 11am to 3pm. The Escapade is the boat which crossed the English Channel in record time & helped Paul Tucker make it into the Guinness Book of Records. Come check it out and visit all of the festivities!
We are often asked what makes our boats special and different from other pedal boats out on the market. Though we feel inclined to think it is enough that they have a way of evoking a deep love for them by their owners – including being enamored by their sleek design – realistically there are some specific answers to this question.
One of the most important things that Nauticraft pedal boats have over others on the market is operating function. Their carefully crafted designs focus on enabling them to move through the water smoothly and efficiently, and this functional efficiency carries over into their aesthetic shapes, as their forms present an eye catching and welcoming view. Although pedal boats don’t necessarily attain a high speed (compared to a powered boat), Nauticraft boats give the operator a pleasing sense of performance relative to input effort.
Nauticraft boats are propelled through the water by large, relatively slow turning propellers (two propellers on both the Encore and Sprite models). Over the years it has been repeatedly test proven that a propeller drive is still the most effective means of moving a pedal boat. The Nauticraft propeller was specially designed to push our boats at an effective pace that ordinary humans (non-olympic type athletes) are able to comfortably maintain over an extended period of time. Further, the completely submerged propeller pushes the boat quietly through the water, not disturbing or upsetting underwater marine animal/fish life, and also is comforting to the boat’s occupants.
Boxy commodity market (inexpensive) paddle boats are usually driven by paddle wheels and have the advantage of simplicity, but the noisy splashing they make when throwing water in unwanted directions is not at all efficient. Almost everyone has had the unsatisfying experience of peddling one of these boats at one time or another.
With Nauticraft boats, the high freeboard enables you to feel comfortable in hopping in and going with just street clothes on. Canoes and kayaks have their appeal, as they are generally inexpensive and easy to use, but with some of them their low sides can let errant waves wash in over the side. The paddle operation of canoes and kayaks requires the use of hands/arms, as opposed to the stronger leg muscles used on pedal type craft. Also, the paddle requirement of arms/hands precludes their other uses, such as handling field glasses, eating/drinking, waving to other boats/shore people, etc.
Another feature of Nauticraft’s Sprite and Encore boats is that two (pedaling) people sit next to each other in a companionable side-by-side position. When canoes/kayaks are multi-seated it is in tandem – one behind the other – in a less personally comfortable mode.
Nauticraft boats are rotationally molded of plastic polyethylene material (as are many canoes and kayaks). Polyethylene is a material of “soft stiffness”, and the production process of rotational molding naturally gives outer edges and corners of the molded part a thicker material cross section. This added thickness gives additional impact resistance when a boat inevitably comes into contact with the elements. And, as rotational molding material has its color integrated throughout, scratches and scrapes show less than other boat materials.
Nauticraft boat seats are ergonomically designed to contour fit the human body in a recumbent style, giving both seat and back support. As individual seats they are rotationally molded of the same plastic material as is used for the boats. A 1 ½ inch thick layer of cushioning foam is adhered to the seat facing, followed by a cover of weather resistant marine vinyl, all of which combines to give comfortable full body support. To give the proper pedaling position the seats have a fore-aft travel adjustment of 12-13 inches (in one inch increments), which will accommodate most adults and older children.
Nauticraft boats are controlled with large steering handles which fall readily to hand. Rather than cables these handles operate push-pull rods to control a large spade type rudder (two rudders in the pedal Encore). With the rudders located in the slipstream of the driving force of the propeller this system gives quick and immediate steering.
There are many different choices of boats out on the market, and each has its own appeal, but here at Nauticraft we love the boats we build and use ourselves. The testimonials we get from our customers – that we call our Nauticraft family – indicate that owners (virtually around the world) love and enjoy them too. This gives us great satisfaction in performing the jobs we do – to make our boats the best boats we can.
Nauticraft Corporation, a leader in manufacturing of pedal and electric boats, is excited to be celebrating the birthday of their premier Escapade Pedal Boat. It was 1996 when Nauticraft first began building the rotomolded version (It had previously been built by Hoyt-Harken as the Mallard).
A look back at the long success of the Escapade:
In regards to developments made to the Escapade over the years….it really is basically the same boat. The same mold is used & therefore the design is the same. The material is similar though in recent years black specs have been molded in with the white material – which in turn helps to hide dirt/smudges. And the windshield arch is now removable for a more open feeling.
Escapade Customers’ Customizations: