Paddellac Sidewheeler

From the website:  The Paddellac ROY * AL is the brainchild of Roy Chenier & Allen Piccolotti, both of Pacifica, California. Roy and Al have a long history together, going back to childhood, encompassing 50 years of friendship and creative carpentry, along with nautical know-how.

The idea to build a paddlewheel boat came to Roy when he was about 25 years old. He had read about Mississippi river boats, and other seagoing paddle craft. They seemed to travel at a good speed, especally in the right conditions (rivers, lakes and deltas). 500 foot vessels like the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez were said to reach speeds of 25 plus knots, which is impressive even by today’s standards.

The Paddellac took a little over a year to get ready to launch, and it has changed through time with improvements in the three years since. In the process, there has been a lot of thought and continual testing, so the Paddellac is a work in progress. Roy & Allen’s goal is to perfect the air-cooled drive to the maximum of its performance, while still maintaining a low fuel consumption at the same time.

Specs: The Paddellac measures 20 feet long x 8 feet wide, with a twin pontoon design, made of materals aquired at Home Depot, and is powered by a rider lawn mower drive.

She runs for up to more than 3 hours on one gallon of gas, and has been clocked at up to 15 mph (approx. 13 knots). Another item of interest is that she has 3 inches of foam flotation sealed in her hulls and decks for added safety.

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Originally posted 2011-10-17 07:15:10.

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