In recent years, pedal kayaks have grown in popularity. Originally designed for anglers, the pedal kayak has also become popular with recreational kayaks who enjoy using a boat with foot-propulsion. One of the main advantages of a pedal kayak is that it allows you to move across the water hands-free, making activities like fishing or taking photos easier. Some people also find they can propel their kayak with less effort using foot pedals versus a paddle. Of course, you can still paddle a kayak with foot pedals.
There are several different styles of pedal kayak on the market today. The Perception Pilot model featured above comes with a bicycle-style rotational peddle drive that users pedal in a circular fashion (versus a push pedal drive) This motion feels natural for most kayakers and, one key advantage offered by this drive over some other pedal drives is the ability to go in reverse without making any additional adjustments. Some pedal drives must be removed from their housing and flipped to accommodate reverse paddling.
All pedal drives must be retracted when the kayak enters shallow waters, typically at depths of less than 18 inches. So, when launching or coming ashore, the drive of your pedal kayak will be in a retracted position and then you will deploy the pedal drive while on the water.
Basic maintenance for a pedal kayak involves a low pressure fresh water rinse after use on salt water and annual lubrication of the drive following the instructions provided in the kayak owner’s manual.
Paddlers of any age or ability can enjoy a pedal kayak such as the Perception Pescador Pilot.
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