Topic: Come and try the Norfolk Broads' only pedal canoe!


Jomarriott    -- Apr-18-2017 @ 5:15 PM
  New for 2017 at Belaugh Boatyard - The Pedal Boat from Dadsboats - this unique pedal-powered canoe is now available to hire and is great fun!

The Pedal Boat is sleek and stable and allows 2 passengers to relax in her comfortable seats and pedal their way along this quiet unspoilt stretch of the River Bure. It is surprising how little effort is needed to achieve quite a pace! Come along and have a go – see if you can spot the kingfishers and otters. It’s an easy paddle to Coltishall common for a picnic, ice-cream or a visit to the riverside pubs; or a longer trip to Wroxham and all it has to offer.

Costs £20 for the boat per hour, please contact us on 01603 781581 or 07519 534601 to book, or email theboatyardbelaugh@yahoo.com.

Check out our website
http://www.belaughboatyard.com/

or visit us on Facebook for some photos of the Pedal Boat https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=belaugh%20boatyard


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avg45    -- Apr-18-2017 @ 5:50 PM
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johnm    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 10:49 AM
  Saw these at the Boat Show last year and they actually look pretty good.
https://dadsboats.com/the-story/
Not necessarily the cheapest thing in the world but the quality looked to be excellent and a darned sight more comfortable than any sit-upon, kayak or (dare I say it) open canoe!

John

BITTERN 35


glastron    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 11:51 AM
  Seams a bit expensive for the hour when compared to a barns day boat starting at £18 an hour for up to 8 people I personally would only want to pay £10 max.


Karen&Mike    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 12:30 PM
  That's exactly what I thought!

Fancy trying them as we often go up there and could leave our boat on Belaugh staithe and have an afternoon of pedal power fun, but £20 per hour is a tad steep when compared to a day boat.

Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"


Coriolis    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 12:38 PM
  Dare we mention that one of Dad's Boats (in addition to circumnavigating the Isle of Wight) currently holds the record time of 9hrs 45mins from Wroxham Bridge to Foundry Bridge in Norwich, set in the early 2000's and never (to the best of my knowledge) challenged since.

As stoker aboard that fine vessel it's one of my treasured memories and I was privileged to be asked to crew.

Fine boats, tell your Mum.....after sailing, the best fun you can have with your clothes on Smile


Karen&Mike    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 12:53 PM
  LOL  Wink   LOL

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"


Jomarriott    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 1:44 PM
  Hi all,

We have tried to price this reasonably whilst still making it a financially viable option. It's a new venture and we can't expect the kind of high throughput of the big dayboat hire companies in Wroxham.

Anyone who is in Belaugh is welcome to come along and have a look and you will see that this is a very different experience to a dayboat!

Also consider that the going rate for a stand-up-paddleboard on the Broads is £25 per hour - these only take one person and cost considerably less new than a Pedal Boat!

Hoping to see some of you over the summer - you won't know til you've tried it!!


Karen&Mike    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 2:11 PM
  Fair comment. Maybe a 10% reduction to the first ten forum members  who hire , provided they pm you to confirm membership? ??

Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"


Harlequin    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 2:21 PM
  And therein lies the problem...
Most people have only the most basic understanding of how business works. The clear, concise and reasonable explanation of how this is priced by the owner surely clears that up.
Given the investment and expected uptake (given the location) there has to be at least some return. £20 per hour for TWO people to see such a cracking stretch of river....A snip!
It may well be possible to get a day-boat cheaper but this is about entertainment and fun too. Plus it also has the advantage of no engine noise to add to the appeal.


glastron    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 2:23 PM
  Broads canoe hire company 3hrs £22 per canoe, where is the paddle board hire centre situated.


Karen&Mike    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 2:30 PM
  Harlequin - be careful about assumptions. Mike and I have run a successful business for 17 years! Thank you

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"


Harlequin    -- Apr-19-2017 @ 3:33 PM
  K and M,
I did not mention anyone in particular and saw your post acknowledging the reasons for the pricing. So I am a bit mystified why you think it is aimed at you.
My apologies if you saw it that way.

I stand by the gist of my post though that investment needs reasonable return.


Dreamer    -- Apr-20-2017 @ 12:06 PM
  How about a picture of said boats so we have an idea of what it's all about?


Paladine    -- Apr-20-2017 @ 12:21 PM
 
Click the Facebook link in the OP or the dadsboat link in the third post.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


Coriolis    -- Apr-20-2017 @ 12:21 PM
  Try this.... https://dadsboats.com/the-story/


Jomarriott    -- Apr-20-2017 @ 12:56 PM
  Thank you Paladine and Coriolis for providing those links to photos.

I'll attempt to attach some too!

I'm sorry I'm not really in a position to offer discounts at the moment. Incidently, we do also have a dayboat for hire at £15 per hour.


Paladine    -- Apr-20-2017 @ 1:05 PM
 
For the dayboat, isn't the minimum 3 hours hire?

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


Karen&Mike    -- Apr-20-2017 @ 2:48 PM
  Twas just an off the cuff suggestion JoMarriot, to help maybe kickstart things for you...

If anyone here hires, please let us know what you thought. I shall look out for users and to see the boat in the flesh. It certainly looks relaxing if only minimal effort required...  Wink  

Can one sit back whilst the other pedals?

Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"


Coriolis    -- Apr-21-2017 @ 2:13 PM
  Karen (Hi, long time no see)

Minimal effort would be a good description...the designer and I managed the 52 miles from Wroxham to Norwich in under 10 hours, including stops almost 20 years ago, when he was in his 60s and I mid 40's.... a very pleasant and relaxing way to see the place at close quarters, with no engine rattle or strings to fiddle with...and very sociable too; you can easily top up your partner's wine glass by simply leaning forward...

I've crossed Barton in a stiff headwind on my own in about 15-20 minutes but to be honest you really need both crew participating to even out the power stokes, otherwise it's rather like disconnecting two sparking plugs from a 4 cylinder engine....do-able for a short while but not ideal.

That said, the older, slightly less sophisticated version would give an easy 5-6 mph (GPS) with around 30 rpm on the pedals.....not quite enough to stop conversation...effort level about the same as walking to the bus stop.

The design truly deserves comercial success...I'm not involved other than a once-upon-a-time stoker who had a ball  LOL

Smile

This message was edited by Coriolis on Apr-21-17 @ 3:15 PM


Paladine    -- Apr-21-2017 @ 3:45 PM
 
"The design truly deserves comercial success."

Yes, the more diversity of vessels on the Broads, the better. Perhaps we'll be seeing Dad's Boat races before too long.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


Coriolis    -- Apr-21-2017 @ 4:01 PM
  I'd like to think so...

We originally did the Wroxham - Norwich jaunt in Cyclone, the original 2 seater, in 1998 and made several appearances in the press and local TV.

At the time the Broads Society ran a 'Green Boat' event annually, and our trip prompted a suggestion that the evnt could be extended to include some frolics for man-powered craft.

Suitably enthused David (of what's become Dad's Boats) built a rather sleeker craft, called Cyclamen...which is how we shaved a couple of hours off the long trip....although for various reasons the actual frolic never materialised.

Cyclamen was (is) a super craft, but arguably a little 'tender' for the general non-boaty user, so was eventualy developed into The Pedal Boat as currently available....including some seriously comfy seatsin place of the almost camping deckchairs of the original boats.

They're perhaps not the cheapest way to get on the water, but given the huge amount of development work which has been put in, and the cost of building anything these days, I think the rental price (and purchase price, as they'll build you one if you ask) is extremely  reasonable....like I said, after sailing, the best fun you can have with your clothes on  LOL


Paladine    -- Apr-21-2017 @ 4:08 PM
 
Perhaps it could be fitted with a small sail, to assist when going up-hill, a bit like the pedal-assisted electric bikes  tounge-in-cheek

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


Jomarriott    -- Apr-22-2017 @ 7:59 AM
  Thank you Coriolis, really interesting to hear of your adventures on the Pedal Boat.

I too am a sailor and I have to admit I was initially dubious about a pedal-powered craft.. but was very pleasantly surprised by this boat. I sat down and started pedaling and couldn't help a huge smile spreading across my face! I love it and would really like to do a longer trip!

And certainly on this version - you can put your feet on the pedals and do pretty much nothing - so it looks like you're pedaling but actually it's the other person doing all the work...


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