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£564
pledged of £15,000pledged of £15,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 18 2013 8:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Two people face each other and pedal a central drive unit, and this propels the boat forwards with surprising speed. Covering distance becomes easy, and your hands are free to take photos. You can easily chat with your companion, or just tilt your head back and watch the sky.

The Rutland Pedalcraft Tandem is roughly 15' (4.6m) in length and just like an open canoe, can be easily transported on a car top. It is very easy to assemble on arrival at the water’s edge, and within 5 minutes you can be on your way, on the water. The seats are fully adjustable, and there is space to carry a picnic or for the more adventurous, camping gear!

The tandem is based on a well-tested hull, with beautiful bespoke seats and an aluminium drive unit. The rudder is an attractive wooden unit and can turn you right round in not much more than your own length.

Specifications

Weight (assembled): 60kg Length: 4.8m Beam: 0.9m Capacity: 250kg

(specifications may change as we go into production, but the boat will remain similar in appearance and performance)

Our prototype hulls have been red in colour, but we can't guarantee at this stage that the production boats will be the same. The production boats may have traditional green hulls with seats to match.


Features

The Tandem has number of attractive features which make it easier to own and to use.

  • All components can be installed and removed without tools. This makes transporting and setting up at the river's edge much easier.
  • The seats are adjustable - the distance from the pedals can be adjusted to accomodate leg length, and the angle of recline can be changed.
  • Efficient - for the slightest effort, you will be able to cover distance and hardly notice it!

Transporting and Assembly:

The Tandem consists of a hull, two seats, a drive unit and a rudder. All of these bits can be removed and installed with no tools required. The boat can be transported easily on roof bars on a car with the components inside the boot of the car, or fully assembled on a trailer.

While the Tandem can be used by a single person, it is recommended that two people are available to launch and help load onto transport.

Where we are now

At present, we have a set of well tested prototypes and we are ready to go into manufacture. What we need now is your help to give us that starting capital to allow us to take advantage of economies of scale to bring down the cost. The funding goal of £15,000 will help us set up our production facility, and help us secure volume price breaks on our components.


Come and try it!


Over the course of this funding campaign, we'll be down by the river demonstrating the boat, and giving people an opportunity to have a go. We'll post the dates in the Updates section. If you can't make one of those times, just get in touch and we can arrange something.


Backing us

By backing us, you will help start a new British manufacturing operation. We will make every effort keep our supply chain local and as environmentally sustainable as possible.

One of our core values is complete customer satisfaction, so if you as a pioneering Tandem owner have any problems or difficulties, we will do our very best to resolve them to your total satisfaction.  

If we meet our funding goal, we will follow this schedule for getting your Tandem to you:

August 2013 – Place orders with suppliers

September/October 2013 – Assemble first batch and deliver to backers

November/December 2013 – Assemble second batch and deliver to backers

We are confident that we can meet this schedule as we have tested the supply chain, and in many cases have second sources to reduce risk.

We can do it!

Our team has backgrounds in engineering, boat building and manufacturing. On top of that, we have a lot of experience with boats, bikes and boat building. 

Thanks for your support!

Thanks for reading and watching - I'm really excited about the project and I hope that having got this far down the page, you are too!

Thanks to our friends who have helped us already - Katherine, Mark, Martin, Polly, Pete, Jamie and everyone else!

Disclaimer

The Rutland Pedalcraft Tandem has been designed for regular use and to be as safe as possible. However, as with any activity and especially one on the water, there should be some common sense rules to follow: never go out without the buoyancy bags in the bow and stern and always wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid. Always take a paddle to use for tricky manoeuvring and in the event of a fault. Stick to inland rivers and lakes. Absolutely not suitable for use on the sea. Be aware of other water users and obstacles at all times. Ensure your boat has the correct toll or tax for use where you are.

The pictures and specifications here are of the prototypes. The version which will be produced for sale may use a plastic hull from a different manufacturer, be a different colour, or have other design changes. However, the form and performance will remain similar to the boats shown here.

The production run arising from this Kickstarter campaign is suitable for private use, but at this stage is not suitable for the hire market. If you need pedal boats for this purpose, please get in touch.

Risks and challenges

Product Risks and Challanges:

We have done a lot of testing. Where we have had problems (and we have!), we have found them through testing and corrected them in the design. The present "production ready" prototype performs as we want it to, and the only changes which will be made now will be ones which make manufacturing easier, and will not affect performance.

Boats get a bit of a hard life, being transported, strapped down, dragged, run aground, crashed etc. However, we are confident that our design will withstand the knocks and bruises which a working life will provide.

We will fix for free any mechanical failure which isn't due to misuse which occurs within 12 months of delivery of the boat.

Manufacturing

Component lead times and supplier delays are a part of almost all manufacturing projects. I'm sure ours will be no different. However, our design philosophy has been not to tie ourselves down to one key product. As such, we are in control of our supply chain. If a link in it fails, we can move to another source.

Delivery

We've been modest and realistic with our production batches. Our first run of 5 will be a gentle easing into serial manufacture, and shouldn't stress us too much. Our second batch will give us a chance to pause, improve our processes, and do things more efficiently.

I'm confident that we can fulfil our obligations to our backers punctually.

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    An trip up with us up the River Yare in Norfolk, stopping for lunch (on us!) at a waterside pub on the way – you and a friend in one boat and us in another, or you and one of us in one boat. You just have to get yourself to Norwich, UK.

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