12 Mar

Spring Cleaning

It looks like spring has finally arrived! The snow is melting and thoughts are headed in the direction of getting out on the water and doing some pedaling in our boats!  We thought this might be a good time to give you some cleaning tips so you are ready to hit the water when it finally thaws out!

Nauticraft boats may be cleaned with ordinary household or marine cleaners.  For more stubborn stains and ground-in dirt a power washer may be used.  Removal of Seats and Cushions is recommended when using a power washer.  Use of abrasive cleaners is not recommended as they will scratch the surface and eventually accumulate more dirt.

For cleaning the Windshield it is recommended using mild soap and a soft cloth, and particular care, as this clear plastic will scratch easily.

The Seats are a marine grade vinyl, and it is recommended cleaning with only a mild soap and water.  Household cleaners and commercial cleaning products may have  potential chemical incompatibility that may affect the service life of the vinyl.

We hope this information is helpful to you!


11 Feb

Electric motors on an Encore – are they an add-on option – or a built-in option?

We have been asked if it is possible for an Encore Pedal boat owner to add an electric motor after they have already purchased a pedal boat.  And though all of our Encore boats are built with the same hull, the installation of an electric motor requires special tooling and installation skills.  It is something that is built into the boats at the factory and is not something that we would recommend being done in the field.

The electric motor should therefore be considered as a built-in option – not an add-on option.


10 Feb

Contact Information

Please be advised that our toll free number is no longer in service at this time.  You may continue to reach us at 231-798-8440 – or E-mail us at: inquiry@nauticraft.com.  Thank you – and we look forward to hearing from you!

2 Dec

Escapade Forum

Escapade Forum

Nauticraft Corporation is thrilled to see that one of our Escapade boat owners has developed a forum for those persons owning or anticipating ownership of an Escapade.

Persons can share their stories, adventures and any adaptations they may have made to their boat and look for feedback from others.

Just click on the above link and you will be taken directly to the forum.

(Note however that while Nauticraft Corporation is interested in being privy to the things that owners do to enhance the enjoyment of their Escapade, we do not necessarily endorse any modifications that would compromise the integrity and safe use of our Nauticraft products.)


30 Apr

Escapade in Thailand

Hi Mary, Curt,

 Sorry for the delay but been running around quite a bit. I successfully have had two very nice excursions in my new Escapade. I really love it and I’m quite impressed on several fronts. The overall quality, fit and finish etc. is shall I say, “top drawer”. The rotational molding approach really seems to work out well. Comfortable motion and everything functions reliably and predictably. The quadritwist works brilliantly. The storages areas are simple and work ok. I was worried about the “built-in” flexibility of the rudder and prop but that seems unfounded as they work perfect. The bilge pump works great. After washing the boat with fresh water it’s amazing how much water hides somewhere down there!

 The design is outstanding. Pedals effortlessly and moves through chop and 2-3 foot waves with ease. Dry and seems to not lose any momentum through swells and the directional tracking is nothing short of phenomenal. The seat is quite comfortable and the steering is nicely responsive and easily controlled. Ok, I’m sure you’ve already heard all the accolades from other customers.

 Let me tell you about my first two outings. My primary home is in Sri Racha which is a seaside community. Quaint and at the same time a bit busy with nearby fishing and mussel farms. The later should give some indication of the coastal depths. Very shallow. Launching and retrieving really is only feasible at fairly near high tide. After about an hour of just getting familiar with the boat we anchored and visited a friend for lunch. I didn’t calculate very well the tide movements and as you can see by the photo we were left literally high and dry! Drank a few beers and waited about 4 hours until the tide returned. No damage to the boat but just a bit longer visit than we’d planned. The coast there is like knee-deep for hundreds of yards. But once well enough offshore we really got a chance to learn the boat. Fun but not the ideal coast.

 Yesterday I took the boat to our beach property in Rayong, Oriental Beach Village, which is only about 1:20 minute drive. We live there about half time. In the picture it’s a few houses back from the beach. Ironically the coast line there is perfect for the Escapade. The slope is angled so that launching and retrieving is a breeze and tides don’t make much difference. Many little seaside restaurants places to explore. It was/is delightful. We pedaled around for about 5-6 hours and really really enjoyed it. Granted a bit sore to be truthful, but that’s a nice pain if you know what I mean. Good exercise and badly needed. The only somewhat negative was the temperature! This is the hottest season in Thailand and now in excess of 100 degrees most days. It was pretty hot out there! (We have 3 seasons; hot, hotter, and hottest). J I think I might experiment next time with the windshield removed. But it looks so awesome with the windshield in place. The water is like bath water warm so getting in and out of the boat is not uncomfortable. You can see some small islands off the coast that are really nice for picnics and just goofing around. Only a few miles offshore but once there it seems like a million miles away! I’ll keep the boat stored near the beach house with a guy who will launch/retrieve as often as I like, clean, maintain and keep ready for about 30 bucks a month. I’ve had “boatboys” with my other sailboats and it still amazes me how inexpensive this service is. I just phone up and tell him I’m coming and everything will be all done and ready to jump in and pedal away when I get there. When I return I hand it over and he does the rest with clean-up, washing and storing etc. One of the nice benefits of living here. Good cheap labor that makes things really convenient. (Live-in maids, cooks, drivers, gardeners, etc its cheap to have a personal staff. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.

 I made a few additions that were simple and are working out well. I have two types of anchors and both function nicely. A sand anchor that screws into the bottom (you can see in one of the photos) and a standard small Danforth. Both very easy to use. On my anchor line I’ve added a Danik Hook. Nice little adjustable device that makes anchoring even easier. When not in use its attached to a small eye strap on the right side that you can also see in one of the photos. You can see my waterproof Bluetooth speaker (A33 from TDK) up in the bow for some music. Its mounted on a shelf made from one of my wifes cutting boards! Now instead of serving up tuna its serving up tunes! J  I added two drink holders, an emergency paddle, a throw flotation cushion, whistle and horn. (Waterproof GPS on order). Fishing rod holder being considered. A small portable cooler holds the drinks we take such as Gatorades etc due to the heat. Now the escapade is truly customized and it feels like “mine”! Hmmm,,,,now just for a name??? My next ride this weekend will likely be with my little buddy Boston Terrier dog. He loves the water and he is so excited with the boat too.

 I better stop here or I’ll just keep rambling on!

23 Apr

Used Drive Units

Attention: Home Pedal Boat Builders
We have a limited supply of used drive units priced at $250. These include a 2-blade propeller. Shipping not included. Please contact us at inquiry@nauticraft.com if you are interested in purchasing one of these. Thank you!

20 Aug

Deep Cycle vs. Dual Purpose

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 many different types of batteries out there and there are even some battery salespeople who don’t realize the benefits and downfalls of what is available. Its always best to get the information needed to make an educated decision in such matters, so here goes!

There are 2 battery types, cranking and deep cycle. Cranking batteries are like car batteries as they are used to start a gas powered engine and are recharged by the alternator, and are used exactly the same in gas powered boat engines. Deep cycle batteries are rechargeable by a charger plugged into AC current and are used to power items which use DC current, like fish finders and trolling motors.

Nauticraft electric boats do not need the capabilities of a cranking battery as there is no engine to start or alternator to recharge. If you use a cranking battery to power your trolling motor the battery will soon overheat and fail, leaving you without power and requiring you to buy a new battery.

A Dual Purpose battery is a battery which allows for both uses, but most dual-purpose batteries won’t start an engine quite as well as a true cranking battery and won’t endure as many deep discharge/recharge cycles as a dedicated deep-cycle model.

Trolling motors and other accessories sip power at a slower rate for extended periods. Batteries that power them usually aren’t recharged until the end of the day. These deep discharges are hard on battery plates, so deep-cycle batteries have fewer yet thicker lead plates than cranking batteries and are built to withstand deep cycling.

So we know we need a true Deep Cycle Battery, now do we chose a Wet Cell, AGM or Gel Cell?

Although Wet cell batteries are less expensive initially, they require maintenance, emit dangerous hydrogen gases, have a higher rate of self discharge, and leak acid. The Gel Cell and AGM are both sealed and maintenance free. They are more costly than a wet cell, but have a lower rate of self discharge, do not emit dangerous gases, can be stored at any angle, are submersible and do not leak. The AGM is easier to charge than the Gel and is slightly less costly.

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