I just received an email from these people: Stream Dancer ... They've designed a personal size electric boat that has a strong similarity with a sit-on-top kayak. It has a pair of electric motors and some really cool features. They have aimed it to fishermen and hunters, but I'm interested in it as a platform from which to do photography. I wrote a blog posting with a few more comments.
OMG! That thing's got a worm drive?!
I thought worm drives were only for us pinko-commies. :) (re: Красный октябрь)
Wow, this looks VERY cool. I was out on the water in my kayak this weekend - and got to thinking of gushar's kayak conversion. Looks like I might have to look at worm drives and "borrowing" this guys design... :-)
So many projects - so little time ... :(
Yeah...that looks pretty cool. But, what will the price be? My design is actually pretty much a copy of a design done by Wilderness Systems in a kayak they made and sold. Don't know why they didn't continue it. They only made it for a couple of years. I guess demand wasn't there. Of course I think I improved on the design with my conversion. Anyway, it is fairly simple, looks like factory, and can be done to about any kayak...any style. But I do like this boat. Just think I can do 2-3 conversions including the boat cost for what they'll want for a single one of these. And as well I know my conversion works great!
Looks like fun.
I've got an aluminum square stern canoe that I put an electric trolling motor on which is fun to cruise along the ins and outs of the river bank catching a view of the wildlife. It moves along nicely but the Stream Dancer looks much more versatile and very fun and easy to operate with foot throttles.
I'd think it would be perfect for photography.
Hands-free control . Imagine using rod & reel, field glasses, camcorder, or even aiming a shotgun . . .
Hmmm... doesn't say anything about actually firing the shotgun,.. my guess is you better point the boat at your target.
LOL! I can just see the boat spinning like a top or capsizing as someone with an elephant gun takes a pot shot...
Yeah that might be a trick! Well here's a photo of my own "puddle dancer" in action. Thought I'd post one of my boat in action...rather than just the static ones I posted. I'm tooling along in a bay here at slow speed. Notice the trail of water in the rear.