Pedal Boats at Southampton Boat Show

A UK Pedal Boat maker is set to exhibit their uniquely designed boats at the Southampton Boat Show from 15 – 24 September 2017.

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 pedalled 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 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 (pictured centre), 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, “This will be our fourth visit as an exhibitor to The Southampton Boat Show and every time we go visitors are blown away by the quality and ingenuity of both The Pedal Boat and our handmade wooden propellers. We are looking forward to another great show as word continues to spread about just how much fun our boats are”.

For more information come and see Dad’s Boats at the Southampton Boat Show on Stand A012 and try The Pedal Boat for yourself or for more information visit website