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Old 03-14-2012, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"SeaScape" human-electric hybrid pedal boat

Once in a while I like to mess around by electrifying small boats (EG: solar powered Laser sailboat, canoe), but I have long thought that a hybrid pedal-electric boat would be the cat's meow for tooling around on a small lake (or on the St. Lawrence on a calm day).

A company has made a high-tech 24v boat with independent pedal mechanisms and user-adjustable levels of electric assist.

I've ridden one of their Bionx e-bikes, and it really is quite slick how they work: with torque sensing, the system "amplifies" your effort. (Thus the company name.)

Boat specs:

24 volts
lithium chemistry (not 100% clear on this, but Li if it's like their bikes)
up to 5 kts (~8 km/h / 6 mph)

From: SeaScape 12 Powered by BionX | electric assisted intellignet watercraft

At the cottage my family goes to, the pedal boat (non-hybrid!) is the most used vessel in the fleet. I could see a hybrid version getting more use: more suitable for younger or older captains, or just taken on longer trips by the usual suspects.

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