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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

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Western Boat Show, 21-23 July 2017 Bristol Harbour Festival, stand: H22 & HQ15

JL Audio Marine Europe, the European distributor for JL Audio, the US’s leading marine audio systems, will be exhibiting at the first ever Western Boat Show, which will take place as part of the annual Bristol Harbour Festival event during the weekend of 21st to 23rd July.

During the three day event, JL Audio Marine Europe will display and demonstrate a selection of speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers and wireless sound solutions from JL Audio’s extensive marine line. JL Audio’s marine audio products are renowned for their robust construction and longevity in the harsh marine environment as well as offering unrivalled clarity of sound on the water.

Visitors are invited to participate in a new, free audio advice clinic, which will take place from JL Audio’s specialist demo trailer within the festival site. The company’s marine audio specialist, Jon Griggs said, “We will be offering the marine audio advice clinic throughout the weekend, which will be of particular interest to those that are looking to upgrade their existing boat audio system or install from new.”

“Car audiophiles know the JL Audio brand well however our marine range is becoming as popular among boat owners throughout Europe, as it offers the same level of high performance as our car and home entertainment systems. All will be welcome to pop along for some advice and learn more about our standard and custom audio packages. We will be advising on speaker positioning, audio tuning and installation, which can make all the difference when you are out on the water and your music is competing with engine noise and wind.”

Visitors will be encouraged to enter JL Audio Marine Europe’s ‘Make Your Soundtrack

Matter’ summer competition for a chance to win an exclusive JL Audio music ‘experience’ on a skippered Cranchi 30 in partnership with The Boat Club. Worth over £2000, the prize includes a full day on the water for up to four people with champagne and lunch by Rick Stein Sandbanks. The winner’s personal playlist will be created especially for the day for an unforgettable audio experience on the water.

The Western Boat Show is a new consumer show that will run alongside Bristol Harbour Festival from 21st to 23rd July in 2017. The three-day boat show will showcase a range sailing boats, canal boats, power boats and ribs in addition to marine products, systems and services will also be featured within the show. The event is expected to attract serious boat buyers and more than 250,000 visitors. The land-based show will be free to all festival visitors and tickets can be bought to gain exclusive access to the boats displayed on the pontoons.

For more information about JL Audio’s marine products and to enter the competition, visit

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Further details from:

Paul Baker JL Audio Marine Europe Tel: +44 (0)1202 664 390 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Karen Bartlett Saltwater Stone Tel: +44 (0) 1202 669244 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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