Operation/Function

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Do I need a trailer for Nauticraft Boats?
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How difficult is it to remove the launching wheels?
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How fast will your pedal boats go?
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How do I steer the boat?
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Can I "beach" the boats?
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How stable are the boats? Are they tippy?
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How heavy are the boats?  Isn't a heavy boat hard to pedal??
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Are your boats self bailing?
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What does “recumbent” style seating mean? 
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What does “twisted belt” mean? 
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Does the windshield remove from the high arch Escapade?  
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What is the black lever inside the Escapade below the 
windshield arch?   
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Are the boats Coast Guard approved or tested?  
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Do I need an operator’s license?  
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Do I need a boat license? 
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Do I need to register my boat? 
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Why can't I fit my cockpit cover on my boat?
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Do I need to remove the Bimini in order to secure the cockpit 
cover on my Escapade?
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How should I store my boat when out of the water?
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Can I use my own trailer to tow the boat?
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What size ball and electrical component do I need for my trailer?
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How would I remove barnacles from my boat?
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Do I need to winterize my boat?
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Will my boat come with cleats for tying it off?
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What should I use to clean my boat?
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The interior and exterior plastic surfaces can be cleaned with a 
household cleaner such as Fantastic or 409 Cleaner.  You may 
also use a power washer for mud and more ground-in dirt and 
debris, though you must avoid the drive unit.  It is a good idea 
to remove the seats and cushions prior to power washing.

We have also used a non-abrasive cleanser with bleach, such 
as Soft Scrub, to get at those really grungy spots.

We recommend using water or window cleaner and a very soft 
cloth to clean the windshield.  Use particular care, as being 
plastic, it scratches fairly easily.  If it does get scratched, you 
might try a clear plastic scratch remover such as Meguiar's 
Plast-X.

The seat covers are a marine grade vinyl, and the 
manufacturer recommends using a mild soap (like Ivory) and 
water for cleaning.  Harsh household cleaners like those listed 
above are not recommended for marine grade vinyl.  
Commercial cleaning products short of soap and water are not 
recommended due to potential chemical incompatibility that 
may alter the service life of the vinyl.

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Should I keep the launching wheel set attached to my boat at all 
times?
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Can my boat get towed by another boat?
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Do I need to be concerned about weeds?
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Are your pedal boats ok for use in the bays and intercostal 
waterways? How well do they go against the wind?
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At what depth of water will my boat’s functionality be impeded?
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How wide is the bench on the back seat of the Escapade?
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The Sprite appears to have a bench seat in the back.  Will this 
accommodate another person?
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What is the maximum speed on the boats?
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Are there any other models available with electric power besides 
the Encore?
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