This summer, instead of powerboats and all-terrain vehicles, why not opt for a way to get around that also substitutes as highly beneficial exercise? I know, who wants to exercise? Well, these gadgets might just make you rethink the idea of working up a sweat on your day off. For one thing, using no gasoline or electricity is a mighty green way to go. But even if conservation isn’t your main goal in life, these pedal-powered watercrafts can put a smile on your face. Not only because of the novelty. It’s just plain fun to get from point A to point B in something that runs with you as the engine. Read on to learn more…
This mini-sub, nicknamed the ‘Scubster’ is completely human-powered. It’s one of the sleekest and most modern designed pedal powered subs we have seen, but it’s not the only one out there. Universities around the world compete to see who can build the fastest human-powered submarines. We think that’s pretty cool, mostly because it gets people off their X-Boxes and into the real world where real adventure happens. We also love these submarines and the people who build them because they are using SCUBA gear, and we love SCUBA gear!
There are probably dozens of similar products out there, but this one looks to be one of the best constructed. From reading their website, it is clear that those who have purchased and who use this pedal powered kayak/catamaran love it. If you want to fish silently, if you want an alternative to loud powered watercraft, if you love the idea of getting a full-body workout while also enjoying the great outdoors, then check out the Sea-Cycle. It’s durable, it’s fun, and it can even cross the English Channel.
Like the Sea-Cycle, there are many different types of pedal-powered kayaks on the market. However, after performing a little online research, it seems the Pedalfish is one of the most cost effective. It’s made from High Density Polyethylene, and pedals backwards and forwards. The pedals are removable, and it also paddles well just like a traditional kayak. One of the most appealing aspects of the Pedalfish is the cost. For less than $2,000, you can get into one of these bad boys, and that will be money well spent. If you are into Kayaking, check this out.
Waterbike Hydrofoil Bicycle
You might have already seen the human-powered hydrofoils by now (called trampofoils). They are simple devices that you kind of stand on and rock back and forth. This rocking action causes the device to propel you forward in a slow and cumbersome pace. Those things are OK, but their pedal-powered cousins are really where it’s at. Some of these things can really move, like the hydrofoil pedal-powered surfboard that clocked in a 100 meter time of 14.11 seconds. Pretty awesome for a totally human powered watercraft.
What do you think? Which one of these human powered vessels would you like?