A common question that we hear from new Nauticraft boat owners is how they are going to get their Pedal (Electric) boat into the water. And once it’s in the water, how to best store/dock it (to be discussed in a later blog posting).
Keep in mind that our boats are somewhat large and heavy. The 4-person Encore Pedal boat weighs 375# without any accessories. Add the electrical components to it as well as a battery, and the weight increases to almost 500#. With a length of 14’2”, this is a sizeable pedal boat.
Our 3-person Escapade Pedal boat weighs 325# without accessories. This boat is two feet shorter in length than the Encore, but still a sizeable boat.
We would highly recommend that a boat owner purchase one of our boat trailers for use in launching their Nauticraft boat. We start with a Karavan personal watercraft trailer and then modify it to fit the deep keels on the boats. With a draft of just under two feet for each of the Encore and Escapade boats this modification is needed to allow the boats to sit comfortably on the trailer. (Note that we would suggest purchasing the trailer at the same time as the boat, as shipping a trailer at a later time is very expensive.)
In lieu of a boat trailer, an Encore boat owner might consider using our Launching Wheel set to launch their boat in/out of the water. Note that a hard surface is needed to more readily maneuver the boat; as well as a boat ramp without a significant degree of tilt. A bar will also be needed to place thru the cross hole in the bow to better allow two persons to lift and move the boat. (Note that if the boat is shipped, this bar will be included as part of the packaging.) Please refer to the maintenance videos on our website for additional information on the launching wheel set: https://www.nauticraft.com/boats/encore/encore-videos/
A Nauticraft boat owner may rather prefer to use their own personal watercraft trailer in which case bunk risers will be needed. These can be purchased at a local major trailer/marine dealer or on-line. Note that the trailer will sit higher, and as such it will be necessary to back it further into the water to safely launch the boat.
A boat marina is another suggestion. Most (larger) boat marinas have the means to launch a boat and retrieve it out of the water. Having a new boat delivered to a boat marina is an ideal way to get the boat into the water and may even cost less for shipping purposes. (Note that boats shipped from Nauticraft are packaged on a skid and in a large cardboard box.)
Sietech Dollies are another option – more so for an Escapade Pedal boat. With its large tires, the Sietech Dolly helps with maneuvering a boat thru the sand. Note, though, that pulling a boat out of the water onto a launching ramp requires a very strong person. Also, the Sietech Dolly doesn’t travel very well across hard surfaces.
Bottom line – if the boat is being launched just 1x/season, most likely 3-4 able-bodied persons can lift the boat in/out of the water. If the boat is to be launched more frequently, though, we suggest using one of our modified boat trailers or one of the other options as described above.