The innovative Old Town Sportsman BigWater ePDL+ 132 is making waves as an aquatic counterpart to the popular e-bike trend. As urban areas worldwide embrace active mobility with e-bikes and e-scooters, this motorized kayak takes the concept beyond land and onto the water, offering a unique and exciting way to explore aquatic environments.
Functioning much like an e-bike, the BigWater ePDL+ 132 is propelled by pedals, providing an experience akin to cycling on water. While it shares similarities with the non-electric pedal-powered kayak, the Sportsman BigWater PDL, the electric assist feature is what sets it apart. This addition greatly enhances its versatility, allowing adventurers to venture farther into the water than ever before. For those seeking a traditional approach, the kayak can also be pedaled manually with the motor turned off or even powered by oars.
Technologically advanced, the Sportsman BigWater ePDL+ 132 boasts a user-friendly backlit LCD screen and intuitive push-button controls. The five levels of pedal assistance cater to varying preferences and terrains, while five cruise control speed presets simplify navigation. The kayak’s power source consists of a 36-volt 20-ampere-hour lithium battery pack. Depending on factors such as current, wind, and pedaling speed, the battery offers an impressive range, lasting from three hours of cruising at the highest assistance level to an astounding 46 hours at the lowest.
Measuring 13 feet and two inches in length and 35 inches in width, the kayak strikes a balance between portability and stability. Weighing 122 pounds, it can be easily loaded onto a pickup truck or van for transport. With a maximum load capacity of 500 pounds, it accommodates two adults or an individual with ample fishing gear. The inclusion of rod holders, cup holders, and a sealed cargo compartment in the front enhances the kayak’s functionality, catering to fishing enthusiasts.
The Old Town Sportsman BigWater ePDL+ 132, available for pre-order at $5,999.99 USD, offers a blend of cutting-edge technology and aquatic exploration. Anticipated to begin shipping in early 2024, this high-tech kayak opens the door to exciting water adventures and provides a glimpse into the future of recreational vehicles that extend beyond the land-based norm. As active mobility continues to evolve, the aquatic e-bike concept sets a precedent for innovation and enjoyment in outdoor activities.