Last time we checked, pedal boats hadn’t changed since the summer of ‘69: slow-going, faded-plastic aquatic clown cars with all the structural integrity of a milk carton. Still a blast, though.
But this summer, Beau Lake moseyed up dockside with the smallest Chris-Craft we’ve ever seen — wait, what’s that? That’s not a woodie, that’s the Beau Lake Pedal Boat: a 14-foot fiberglass-and-wood runabout that swaps the motor for the same pedal power your kids are using on their algae-stained Sun Dolphin.
Well, almost the same. Instead of the paddle mechanism, Beau Lake’s pedaller features a 1:6 ratio propeller on the back, with a hand-carved wooden tiller and joystick to steer.
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That’s just the tip of the artfully constructed bow when it comes to details. Beau Lake, known for its sumptuous wooden stand-up paddleboards, brings that same level of care to the pedal boat.
Exhibit 1: The team brought on Steve Killing, a yacht designer whose work has raced in the America’s Cup and the World Cup, to design the hull. It’s a molded fiberglass blue beaut, topped off with an inlaid veneer deck of either mahogany or maple. Other features include a self-bilging system, one-inch thick leather seat covers that snap on and off, and a built-in cooler.
Of course, the reason people spring for the classic plastic design is you can use it as a bumper boat — ramming it into the dock, rocky shorelines, other boats — without batting an eye.
Beau Lake’s reinvention? It'll set you back a cool $20K.
Keep the kids away from this one.
Photos via Beau Lake, h/t Uncrate