One really expensive pedal boat

by Mike

Lake & Sea Pedal Boat
I love Hammacher, I really do. They try to sell all sorts of wacky gadgets to you at some rather high prices. Most of the time, they can make it seem like you’re getting a real deal, but I’m just going to have to protest with their Lake & Sea Pedal Boat. Read on to see why this is so ridiculous.

First of all, you have to put all the effort in yourself. All the pedaling is done by you, there’s not even a tiny motor to help you get going. So if you’re tried, tough luck, if you don’t pedal, you don’t get back to shore. While there isn’t a motor, Hammacher claims the smart drive shaft lets you effortlessly cruise at speeds up to 4mph (which means 2.5 really). Not very impressive.

Besides having a system where you have to work hard, this boat features a retractable canopy, a lever for 180 degree turns, storage area, dry storage area specifically for electronics and other water-sensitive items, passenger seat, and a swim platform for diving. That’s cool. . . but I just can’t get over the fact that this has no motor to get you anywhere.

Maybe you’re thinking what a crazy person I am for hating this boat because it might cost $500, maybe $600 knowing Hamamcher. If you look at it that way, it’s not a big deal that it lacks a motor. No, you’re wrong. They expect you to pay $3,500 plus $350 extra for shipping for this boat. Honestly, I’d rather buy a new laptop, couch, TV, appliance, or <anything but that boat>.

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7 reviews or comments

XS-Hawk Says: June 13, 2007 at 11:32 am

This one most definitely falls into the “because I can” category… Its beyond “keeping up with the joneses” this projects the image (to those who know / care) that One has more money than One can effectively use…
I don’t see the attraction personally

Jen Says: June 23, 2007 at 7:18 pm

I totally have been eyeing this thing! Not because I have more money than I know what to do with (I don’t ), but because I live near a lake and it looks like something that I cn easily load on and off the trailer myself (I”m a girl!) and it could be good exercise. The lake doesn’t allow personal watercrafts and the idea of a big old boat or a little aluminum fishing boat doesn’t appeal to me. Don’t be so grumpy.

Mike Says: June 24, 2007 at 6:48 am

@Jen: I understand why you might want something like this, but not this particular model. I’m sure you could find a sleek looking, high quality boat for less. But hey, if it works for you, by all means, pick it up. 🙂

Laurie Says: December 12, 2007 at 8:35 am

Jen is right, don’t be so grumpy. Turn off that flat screen tv, get up off your couch, and try it. Some people enjoy being out in nature without polluting our lakes and streams, and also enjoy getting a bit of exercise. Don’t knock it till you try it!

Sean Says: February 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

You’re upset because it’s not motorized? Are you really that lazy?

XS-Hawk– And the people who spend $20,000+ on wakeboard boats aren’t doing it “because they can”? What is your point?

Mike– do some research and you’ll find that these boats are reasonably-priced. A good kayak will set you back nearly as much and doesn’t have any moving parts.

Laurie couldn’t be more correct– as a nation we’re getting lazier, fatter and dumber by the minute. There won’t be enough energy in the future to justify sucking gas through a jetski, so get used to the idea of doing more under your own power.

Sean Says: February 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm

It should also be noted that this very same boat crossed the English Channel. Try doing that with your “paddleboats” that you rent at the lake.

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