24 Jan

Encore Fishing Boat

The Encore Electric fishing model needs a name, any suggestions?

I am asking once again for input in what options would be best used on the fishing boat.  Rod holders, electrical options, tackle organizers, bait holders just to name a few.  What would you recommend to include in the standard package as well as options most used and required for fishing on small inland lakes.  Thank you for participating!

28 Dec

Holiday Greetings from Rogers Arkansas

Arkansas Cat and Dog on Encore

Dear Laurie and everyone there at Nauticraft:

  After 3 yrs, we still are still enjoying our pedal boat, thanks to you all!  The following pictures show some more additions John has built for the boat. There is the cedar console with storage and the cedar platform he built to go over the back seat for the dog to still fit in the boat. It is built around the extra battery we have in the back, and I sewed up a foam waterproof cushion for the animals.  We can also use it to sunbathe on if the animals don’t go with us.  The great dane puppy is still growing!  But, he and the cat love going boating. We get out every nice non-windy warmish day we can here on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Arkansas.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

from

John and Carolyn

6 Dec

Happy Holidays!

Although many parts of the US are cold and even snowy, we are confident spring is coming!  Think ahead to warmer days this holiday season, give the gift of a Nauticraft boat!  And if you order prior to Dec. 31st, we’ll throw in a gift for you.  Purchase an Encore and we’ll include a bimini top

Encore Pedal Boat with Bimini Top

Purchase an Escapade and we’ll ship you a Storage Cradle at no charge to you.

Escapade Pedal Boat on Storage Cradle

15 Jun

Announcing the Super Sprite

We are so excited!  The Coast Guard has approved the Super Sprite and it is officially ON THE MARKET!  We are in production, and will be sending an announcement and press releases for a major introduction prior to June 1st 2010.  The introductory price for the Super Sprite pedal boat is $1,995 US.  Check out the specs and see great photos:  Super Sprite Pedal Boat Brochure with Specification

18 Sep

Pedal Boat and Erie Canal Part 2

Our thanks to John for this  update of his trek:

Dear Folks:  Here is an “end of trip” summary of my Erie Canal Escapade with emphasis on the boat and our performance.  The trip, from Tonawanda (Buffalo) to Waterford (Albany), 324 miles took 20 days at about 7 hours or less per day. During that time, there were two additional down days due to weather (rain).  Nine of the days were last summer, when I interrupted at Lock 25 near the Cayuga-Seneca Canal junction.  I picked up again at that point this year on August 15th.  After 5 days of 90 plus degree weather and bright sun, I was close to heat stroke.  I docked at the Holmes Marnina at the east end of Oneida Lake and went back to “home base” at Canandaigua Lake for 7 days.  I then completed the trip over the next week.

The Escapade performed magnificently throughout.  The so-called “prevailing westerlies” never materialized.  On only two of the 20 travel days was there significant west wind, with virtually no pedalling.  (John installed the sail kit from Sailboats-to-go).  On many days there was significant east wind, and the rest NE wind.  With the east wind, the boat, without the windshield and with bimini up, penetrated easily.

I noted the cadence: with minimal effort I could maintain 60 cycles/minute for long period-about 3.5-4 mph.  Reducing the rate to 55 cycles/minute- no effort, which I could maintain indefinitely, I still went more than 3 mph.

15 May

Pure Michigan: Vacation Destination

The residents of the state of Michigan understand the effects of the declining automotive industry more than most. Detroit is on the news nightly, and for all those who have never been to Michigan, you may think we live in an industrial mecca.  There is much industry here, but the majority of the state is not smoke stacks and huge factories.  It is sandy beaches, pine and hardwood forests, secluded inland lakes and the Great Lakes too.  It is golf courses for beginners or pros, and every skill set in between.  It is fishing, hunting, hiking and biking like no other.  It is people who love their state and would not live anywhere else.

We are inviting you to share in our wealth this summer, see what you’ve been missing.  Go to the Pure Michigan web site for more information.   And while you are here, give Nauticraft a call.  We’d be happy to show you the boats we proudly say are “Made in Michigan”

12 May

Pedal and Electric Boats in Providence RI

Plan a day in Rhode Island this spring at the Roger Williams Zoo, the “finest zoo in New England”* .  Take an Encore Pedal Electric boat out to cruise the lake and explore the beauty of Roger Williams Park (rental fees apply).  For more information call (508) 984-8264 for times and availability.

Interested in purchasing a Nauticraft boat in Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts?  Contact Alan at marco@gondolari.com for sales information.

*The Boston Globe, 2008

15 Apr

Earth Day Exhibition features Encore P/E and Escapade

Don Clark of Sea Lark Sales, will have a display of Nauticraft pedal and electric boats at Rochester’s 4th Annual Earth Day Expo, the largest earth day celebration in Michigan.  It is located in downtown Rochester, and is scheduled April 18th from  10am to 6pm and on Sunday, April 19th from 10am to 4pm.  We are proud of Don’s efforts in this endeavor, and invite all to visit the festivities.