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Pedel Power Fishing

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#1
Tongue in cheek, I told my wife that I wouldn't mind "inventing" a peddle powered, prop driven little rubber duck for bassing.
As with everything today, first stop - you tube.
Holly Molly . . . . just what I had in mind (well sort of) The "Propel Pedel Powered Kayak"
I don't know how to add web links and stuff like that so just google it. Is it, or anything like it, available in SA? - If not, it could be a great import product for some young up and coming businessman who's name starts with a "R" and has just started a new job.
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#2
Is Marmaduke back from holiday yet? Maybe he can post you a pick of his 'invention'.
You get pedal powered kayaks in SA, I think it is a product from Hobicat? Does not have a prop, but two fins that flap up and down. They use it for fishing from sea kayaks.
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#3
I have used a pedal powered kayak in Langebaan,the one with the two 'flippers ',found it to be very stable and fast...but could not turn around in a hurry ! Some years ago,I looked at importing a pedal powered prop driven pontoon platform that you rode like a bike,but it was not a big hit...too expensive once it was converted to Rands from $$$.And it was not nearly as compact as the pontoon kick boats are using these days.
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#4
Is this the unit you are referring to:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcHYdFmwWXY[/youtube]
Regards Robert Jacobs
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#5
Hi Guys - Thanks for replies.
Navrik - Yes that is the one. What I like about it is the reverse ability.
Smurf - The flappy one is a Hobie Mirage. Looks a bit suspect?
Q - I'm interested to see Marmadukes thingy - what ever it may be.
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#6
If you combine it with something like this, it can be a winner...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZxNIxhue8E[/youtube]

Video added by Nav...
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#7
Hey Bombasstic, not often I get asked show people my thingy.
I have a pedal powered prow attachment for my pontoon boat. It’s great and very quick. Only real downside is the lack of manoeuvrability. You have a rudder so need one hand to steer. With current and wind it makes it a bit frustrating to fish on.
I’ll take a picture and post it soon.
Those Hobie pedal flipper would be great on a pontoon for doing distances. Once you get to your spot you can remove them and pop the flippered feet in the water to fish
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#8
You show me yours and I'll show you mine . . . Cut that BS out right now. :eusa_naughty:
The propel sitting position looks very taxing on the lower back and legs.
My thinking was to have something very much like a kick boat but being a real "boat". It would have two flippers on the outside (just like a kick boat) that were operated by pedals inside the boat. Left pedal for left flipper and right pedal for right flipper. This would give steering as well as propulsion. . . and the pedals MUST be operated by ankle and foot only, even if that means incorporating gearing.
The flippers aren't a must. They could be small props. Mmmm :blue-idea: I like the prop idea as it would allow the mechanics to be very simple . . . and the boat would be able to reverse . . . and it will be a simple matter to put prop shafts through the transom.
Very cool idea - even if I say so myself - anyone out there with the skills to make this happen?
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