> I've been looking for information on Open Water Cycling boats… 1. It looks like you've got lots of real world time with the Cadence. I was wondering if you could give me some advice/input on the boat as a user? Sure, I'd be happy to. 2. Is the Cadence capable of extended trips and cruising? (It isn't uncommon for me to do 10 miles a day in my kayak on a lazy day, I often do that for multiple days making 1-3 week trips on my boat) Given my commitments and time available, the longest trip I have taken in my Cadence on open water (Puget Sound) was around 26.5 miles. No speed records were attempted, no racing other boats, just cruising between a couple of islands and the mainland. Actual pedaling time was about 5 hours. I have considered going on longer trips, carrying camping gear, etc., but those trips seem to be put off each year until the next year. :-( 3. Does the Cadence have a decent cruise speed (akin to a sea kayak would be fine)? There is no question that you would be faster in the Cadence. Typical long term cruise speed in the Cadence is 5 to 6 mph. 4. Can the Cadence carry at least myself and another? Carrying three is preferred. This is not really recommended, though I have carried two children by sitting one in each cargo compartment. I've even done a race with an 8 year old in the rear hatch, ending up with a fairly decent time, too. 5. Can the Cadence carry a backpack with gear? If you can fit it in the hatch or lash it to the deck, sure! Otherwise, the front hatch is large enough to pass a 20+ lb. propane tank with room to spare, and both cargo compartments have loads of space. 6. I was wondering what you could tell me about the boat, cruising, wave handling, stability, etc... The boat is a little heavier (at 80 pounds) than many kayaks. Still, with the spade rudder and prop thrust it is very maneuverable and can be handled with one hand on the controls - or no handed. It helps to have a bit of a sense of balance to keep yourself sitting upright when the boat is rocked from side to side. This is unlike a kayak where you use your paddle against the water on the downhill side of the boat to brace yourself. Otherwise, it takes very little skill to handle. Heading your bow into a big wave you may get some water traveling over the deck and into the cockpit. The speed bailer will quickly drain it out so long as your speed exceeds 3 mph. Hitting a non-breaking wave broadside is normally a dry experience as you lean into the wave and the boat bobs up along the surface. If you have a great sense of balance, then you can even try surfing. This can be done with the stern at 45 degrees (+/-) to the direction of the wave and pedaling madly down its front. This is good for adrenaline rushes. :-) 7. How durable is the boat? It is a fiberglass boat with a gel coat outer layer. It can be scratched, gouged, etc., so you need to take the same sort of care as you would with a fiberglass kayak. It is good to wash off the salt water after a cruise on the ocean. It is also good to lubricate the chain once in a while. 8. What depth of water is required for the boat? The depth required is about 10 to 12 inches. 9. What are your thoughts regarding the Cadence? I am pretty happy with my Cadence. Any other questions? :-) Ok, ok - I know pretty much the pluses and minuses about all the pedal boats on the market, and have an opinion about each. The Cadence does a pretty good job of fulfilling most of my performance boating requirements. I like to take photos, not worry much about the weather or about getting wet, take along extra stuff (cooler, stove, etc.) once in a while, be able to use it as a swimming platform, and be very low in maintenance. Ok, so this boat is a higher maintenance beast than the Escapade and if you use it for a swim platform then you had better make sure that everything in the cockpit is lashed down in case you flip the boat. You can get wet much more readily in the Cadence. Still, this boat really moves on the water. It is easily carried on a car top carrier, loaded, unloaded, launched and beached just about anywhere that you could launch a sea kayak. I use a couple of foam pads on the seat, and they have proven to be comfortable for excursions of many hours. If you look at some of my stories about my Boating Cruises, you might be able to get a picture of some of the things I've done with my boat over the past several years. 10. I noticed on your site a photo of your Cadence's prop with some nasty looking weeds. Do you find the weeds cause problems with the prop frequently? I suppose that one could avoid the weedy areas, but part of what I love about boating is the freedom to go where you want to.... Weeds have not really been much of a problem, except in *really* weedy areas. Mercer Slough is something of a water garden, and I would not recommend having any propeller driven craft travel down it. Still, I have done this in my Cadence, reaching the head where the depth was merely 8 inches or so. Generally the act of reversing the direction of the pedals normally is enough to loosen and cut the weeds using the weed cutter. If one cycle doesn't do it, then repeat as needed. Weeds generally just slow down the boat from very fast to moderately fast - unless the prop becomes encased in a ball of weeds. Regardless, with the weed cutter in place and adjusted properly, it has removed all the weeds I have ever encountered. It did a pretty good job against a plastic grocery bag, too!
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