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UK designed and made Pedal Boats for two, perfect for ‘messing about’ at the Western Boat Show 2017

A UK Pedal Boat maker is set to exhibit their uniquely designed boats at the Western Boat Show on 21st – 23rd July 2017. The show is part of the Bristol Harbour Festival and is described as ‘the mother of all maritime festivals which celebrates the city’s vibrant harbourside and sees the harbour filled with two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers.’

David Williams (Dad) built his first Pedal Boat in the 1950s. Norfolk based Dad’s Boats is a family run business manufacturing and selling their latest unique design which allows two people to face each other and pedal forwards in comfort. The sophisticated gearbox makes it efficient, easy to use and environmentally friendly so you can just sit back, sip a drink, chat and take some gentle exercise while enjoying the water.

David’s first Pedal Boat was a single seater and was designed as a way of following his remote controlled yacht while keeping his hands free for the controls. The drive mechanism was an old hand drill! ‘The Sieve’, as it was affectionately called, was moth balled in the garden not long after when National Service got in the way. By the time David got back two years later ‘The Sieve’ had deteriorated so much all he could do was cut it up for firewood.

So, the next generation of Pedal Boat started to form in his mind - this time a more sociable two-seater. This boat accompanied David on his honeymoon around the Norfolk Broads in the 1960s and has also been pedaled around the Isle of Wight (don’t try this at home). Designed with the Norfolk Broads in mind, The Pedal Boat would also be perfect for The Avon River or the Kennet and Avon Canal as well as The Thames, The Scottish Lochs, and The English Lakes - it provides a wonderful way to enjoy the water hands free.

Having developed and tested a commercial model of the original, Dad’s Boats are manufacturing and selling The Pedal Boat which will be exhibited at the Show as well as their hand crafted ornamental wooden propellers. David William’s son-in-law, Stephen Pitkethly of Dad’s Boats says, “We are very excited about this year’s Western Boat Show as we feel it’s the perfect ‘fit’ for our boats – it’s all about getting out on the water and enjoying yourself and our Pedal Boats are designed especially for that.”

For more information come and see Dad’s Boats at the Western Boat Show and see The Pedal Boat for yourself or visit the website

For more information call 07768 940399

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