The boat is aptly named due to the fact that it only goes 3-4 miles per hour at a pedaling rate of 50rpm.
91-year-old naval architect Phil Thiel, born in Brooklyn, now in Seattle has created human-powered boats since his teenage years.
Sailors tend to want headroom, as it keeps from being bashed about in rough seas and saves one from an aching back.
To Daniel, I love pedal boating because it is generally easier, safer and softer on the body than walking the same distance. Wow, I admire him because in his early teenage years he created this human-powered boat through pedaling.
I would probably make it pop up like earlier mentioned (either light weight materials in the pop up or heavy canvas), and might steal the idea of an extra solar panel or two and an electric motor (at least for use in slightly faster water, as most American waters get seasonally quick).
I recently recieved a comment from Jason with a link to his website where he has put details of making a very cool wooden go-kart.
You may think that pedal power is reserved for bicycles, but designers are proving us wrong with their innovative ideas that harness the movement of our feet to power up their inventions.
The Schweeb is a low-impact take on the monorail that places people in plastic tubes (guided by a rail) that they can cycle to their destination in. The mini-sub, nicknamed the ‘Scubster’, was designed by a team of French engineers and is entirely pedal-powered. Last year Pedal Power NYC hosted New York City’s first human powered concert in Union Square.
Dutch teenager Jesse van Kuijk has become one of the rare few to take flight on his own and he’s made it all happen with his pedal-powered plane made out of balsa wood, polyurethane, and rip-resistant foil. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.
Head to the Complete Kartbuilding Website to get these free wooden cart plans where you can download and print all the drawings.
The book was highly relevant to a person confident with DIY skills in building an engine powered go-kart. I did feel that some of the areas were sparse and outside the scope of home workshop capability. The book which has 90 pages has just enough information and diagrams to build the standard kart. Information on different places to source parts, materials and engineering services were outlined.
Information on kart safety, safety when building the kart, best places to drive the kart is provided. Loads of information on welding, different types of welding and background information on Gas Welding is detailed. No explanation of certain areas (such as camber, castor and ackermann angles) of building the part is outlined. I came across lots of advertisements and classifieds for go-kart kits but a lot of these were pretty old.
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I’ve been meaning to update the Basic Wooden Kart plans to include provision for using a Lawnmower Engine to drive the Go-Kart. I’ve just finished all the 3D Modelling of the kart, and will be doing the Plans and 2D Drawings very soon. I had hoped to do an extensive review of the many websites on designing and making go-karts, but I came across the following one which stitches together many different sites on kart plans into one single page in a step by step manner. It has lots of useful information on engines, videos of engines in use on karts and much more. When I started the first Kartbuilding website in 2001 (archive link), there was very little information available on karts and kart plans on the Internet. I’ve always liked Popular Mechanics, from reading old copies which my Dad used to get (many years ago), to browsing their website. Bryan, a 37 year old assistant manager at a Mitsubishi dealership devised this backyard invention complete from old parts and scrap metal! While the articleitself lacks a lot of inside information into the build, it provides great inspiration to many people looking to build karts from old pieces of scrap and second-hand parts.
For those not familiar, the output of whatever pedal(s) you have in the loop gets fed back into the input of said pedals.
I have always liked the fuzz face styles more than the muff styles, this one is based off of Ge Fuzz Face but with some mods. This boat is not that efficient today but this is a great creation or invention history for me. Take the crankshaft from another pedal toy and attach whatever wheels and pedals you prefer to it.
Turner Toys has childrens go karts from Berg, Kettler pedal cars and Airflow Collectibles pedal carts. From a pedal-powered monorail to a Porsche Boxster that relies on some quad flexing to a music festival that prefers a crowd wearing good sneakers over a charged up grid, hit the jump for our 6 favorite pedal-powered designs!
As ridiculous as it may look, this idea has caught the attention of Google, and the super search engine has invested over $1 million into the scheme. The craft features a pedal belt connected to a twin-propeller system that can reach speeds of up to 5mph and a depth of 20 ft – not bad!
During the concert, 250 different volunteer cyclists cranked out some kinetic power on a fleet of 16 bike generators, providing tunes for thousands to enjoy! It is clear that the author has made a few of the karts themselves. The author also got a friend to try following the book and building the same kart. While I found this book enjoyable, easy to read and informative, I think it didn’t explain enough of the details.
Below is a collage showing thumbnail images of the 21 drawings in the set of comprehensive plans for this go-kart. Anyways with the new captcha system, and my easy wordpress upgrade facility (svn) you can add comments easily. Quite a lot of people have being asking for the various details for this Wooden Go-Kart, and instead of doing bits and pieces, I decided to model the entire Go-Kart.
I’ve even blogged about articles from their website before, however this month’s article is especially cool!

For kartbuilding, this is great news as odd parts and components can easily be sourced, however it can cost quite a bit if you have to pay for shipping. Decided to up the difficulty level a little and design a stripboard layout from the schematic.
I build a few now and then out of boredom and want a cheap new toy but they don't tend to be that pretty . Thiel’s Friend Ship might be more suitable as a live aboard, although I believe it is designed for motor, rather than pedal, power. Of course, making it road worthy is one thing, and having the relevant government bodies approve it is another matter altogether. With the help of the bicycle-powered Oracle Beater, designed by Lee McDonald, fine art papers are produced from an invasive plant species making the process ecologically sound and grid independent. People have emailed in asking these questions, so I dug out an old set of cart plans and revamped them. It is also expected that a person obtain a welder either by buying a new or second-hand welder, or hiring one. I remember seeing old magazines amongst my fathers collection and was amazed at the details and information which was available for making all sorts of projects going back even to the start of the 19th century.
I get a lot of emails asking how to implement a pedal drive for the wooden-go-karts listed here.
Full parts lists (shopping lists) and Tools required for this kart have all been documented.
His total bill came to $1000 which might sound like a lot, however we do not know how much the turbine cost.
The book provided details on building one particular design but didn’t explain why or how to a lot of the details and measurements chosen. It was difficult following the text and images in some places, trying to fully understand what is been described and I found myself reading paragraphs three and four times. While this in fact is a very innovative idea and one which I had not considered, modifying one of these differential flanges would require a metalwork lathe and a lot of work. Using 5mm flat steel bent into an L shape would in my opinion be insufficient and would bend easily (as the pivot is just a hole in the 5mm steel bar).
I like to be able to print the 15-20 pages showing the complete set of plans showing all the dimensions together.
If anyone comes across any more good articles, feel free to email them on or add a comment. That could well be a good thing for a person making their first kart (or buggy as its called). However for ?8 it is certainly cheap and well worth a read and will help you make your first go-kart with a motorbike engine.

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