LEAN 'N' STEER®
One Person - One Boat
*NO Trailer Needed – Who Needs A Trailer!!!
*Transported Just like a Recreational Kayak on Most Any Standard Roof Rack – But Lighter and Tougher Than Most Recreational Kayaks.
Can Be Transported By ONE PERSON. Unlike Other Single Person Craft, This Boat Really Is A SOLO Boat. What Good Is a Solo Craft That You Have To Have TWO People To Carry and Launch?
*EASY LAUNCH - Can Be Launched Almost Anywhere You Can Launch A Kayak or Canoe
*Can Be Paddled As A Normal High Volume Recreational Kayak.
*Steered Simply and Easily With A Kayak Paddle.
*Easy To Use
*Excellent Stability - Low Center Of Gravity And Wide Flat Bottomed Hull – Like A Recreational Kayak.
*Shallow Paddling Draft Of Only 3 1/2 Inches @200 Lbs
*Very Small Wake – Excellent For No Wake Or Restricted Wake Areas. At Moderate Speeds (5-6 MPH), This Hull Produces Even Less Water Disturbance Than A Kayak Paddled At Half That Speed.
*Due To An Efficient Planing Hull, This Boat Is Less Affected By Head Currents While On Full Plane (Above 7.5MPH). As It Planes More On Top Of The Water, Little Forward Speed Is Lost Compared To A Displacement Boat Or Paddled Canoe Or Kayak.
*Unique Hull Design (patent pending) Results In A Quick Plane At Only 6.3 MPH, And An Even Keel With the Water At All Speeds, From Unloaded Rest To Loaded Full Speed.
Tough, Light Hull
*Sophisticated Very High Impact Aircraft Grade Fiberglass Epoxy Composite Hull For Long Service Life. Our Proprietary Epoxy Resin System Has Gone Through Over 15 Years Of Structural and Environmental Testing.
*Heat And UV Resistant Tough Composite Materials Do Not Deform In The Sun Like Rotomolded Hulls.
*Repairable – While Damage Is Unlikely, This Material Is Easily Repairable. Non-Glossy Finish Also Eases Repair If Necessary.
*Built As A Power Boat, With A Durable, High Strength Cockpit Floor, Transom, And Motor Mount Structurally Designed To Operate With Gas Or Electric Outboard Engines – NOT Just A Kayak or Canoe With A Motor Mount Bolted On As an Afterthought On A Hull Designed For Human Power.
Early Production Boat Shown (November 2009)
*Unique Hull Design Results In A Quick Plane At Low Speed, And An Even Keel With the Water At All Speeds, From Unloaded Rest To Loaded Full Speed.
At Only 40 pounds
(Fitted Hull Weight)
This is the lightest production
Practical powerboat available.
Weight with 2 HP Honda
2.5 HP Suzuki
Four Stroke Outboard Engines
is ONLY 70 Pounds
Very Tough Boat, Light Weight
Typical 10.5 mph Top Speed with Honda 2 HP
Economical OVER 40 MPG at 8-9 MPH Cruise
Lightweight For Easy Cartopping
No Need For a Trailer, Boatramps, or HELP!!! Unloading Your Boat!
Specifically Built to use Most 2 HP Class Outboard motors
There are no proprietary inboard jet pump parts to worry about
Small Outboard Motors install quickly to get you on the water quickly
UGLY, SOPHISTICATED, AND TOUGH
OK, I admit it. These boats are not made as contest winning beauties. There are no stunning Metalflake gel coated finishes. And they are NOT made of beautiful, but delicate wood. NO, these boats are made as utility boats, boats made to last a lifetime.
These boats are made of a proprietary high impact epoxy resin and very tight woven S glass type Fiberglass. Carbon fiber reinforcement and Coremat are used in selected areas. All parts are hand laid and vacuum molded in double sided molds. Hull thickness and strength vary throughout the hull to provide high stiffness and thickness where needed, such as in the bow, floor and transom, and thinner structure in areas where more resilience is desirable. By careful design of the selection and layup of the fabrics, the hull acts as a stiff frame with shock absorbing characteristics. This provides a rigid platform for the motor and efficient forward motion, while allowing the boat to ride smoothly over chop without pounding.
They are made to stand many years of dragging onto or running up on gravel shorelines. Occasional hits and bouncing off rocks, logs, or posts is very unlikely, OK, VERY, very unlikely to do any significant damage to these boats. They will pick up scratches in use, but these are cosmetic only. One of these boats can also bake on top of your car for years in the hot sun and never warp. I know, we've been purposefully abusing very light kayak hulls (and other products) made from my formula for nearly 20 years, and they are still holding up nicely.
Fiberglass generally gets a bad wrap in most people's minds because of the damage seen on low or moderate grade fiberglass reinforced products. Most of us have seen a badly damaged, delaminated, feathering and flaking hull or car body that was involved in some type of accident.
Our materials cannot be confused with even other high grade epoxy resins. This is a very tough resin. And fiberglass cloth itself is very strong, tough, impact resistant, and light. The only problem with fiberglass is the resins used with it are generally too brittle, and exhibit poor impact strength.
And should you damage it? Drop it off a cliff?! Have it fly off the top of your car into a bridge abutment at 80 mph?!
Every part of the boat is designed and constructed to be repairable by anyone of even very average skills. The motor mount, motor mount clamp pad, seat and seat frame, and Spray skirt cowling are all easily removable for repair or replacement. Seats are commonly available. Most of the hardware can usually be matched up and replaced at a good hardware store or marine supply.
The lower hull itself is coated with a fine texture that is used to make it very easy to match in case of repair. The upper hull receives a heavier texture that is also designed to be easy to repair. Simple repair kits to match hull materials are available from the factory. Or boats can be sent back to the factory for repair.
Temporary field repairs can be handled with that handyman’s best friend, a good quality duct tape. I say temporary, but several years ago, I damaged two areas on a 28 lb fiberglass/ epoxy kayak hull that I built as a test of the materials. (Small sledgehammers are good for this.) I repaired a lower hull area that I cracked with vinyl tape. And I left an exposed cracked cockpit edge (no cowling was installed) unrepaired to see if it would tear and delaminate. I left these parts as is for over three years before repairing them. The damage did not spread and the hull did not leak.
Please note that damage severe enough to make repair impossible or unrealistic would probably also cause serious injury or death to any occupant in the boat.
STAINLESS STEEL HARDWARE
All metal hardware on the boat is marine grade stainless steel or brass. Plastic hardware is used for such items as the drains.
WHAT?! A POWERED KAYAK!!! Who Needs A Powered Kayak?
You May, And You Just Don’t Realize The Advantages. I Must Admit I Paddled For Over 30 Years And Was Against The Idea Myself.
But As I Found Myself One Day Paddling Against A Stiff 4-5 MPH Tidal Current And A 15 – 25 Knot Head Wind For Over a Mile, I realized That This Might Be a Good Idea. I Almost didn’t Make it back that Day! As I Searched For A Boat That Was Light Enough To Load And Launch Myself, Stable Enough To Feel Safe, And Efficient, I Found This Craft Simply Didn’t Exist. Having Designed A Kayak and Various High Impact, High Strength Epoxy Resin Systems, I Decided To Develop A Suitable Boat. After Nearly 2 Years Of Design, Development, And Testing I Think We Have The Best Truly Solo Craft For Transiting Mild To Moderate (up to 1 to 1 1/2 foot chop) Inland and Coastal Waters.
So Who Needs One?
Bird Watchers, Photographers, Nature Lovers, Fisherman, etc.
If You Want To Investigate Fairly Distant Areas Of Canals, Rivers, Lakes, Bayous, and Small Streams, A Kayak Or Canoe Can Cover Those Areas At A Speed Of About 2- 4 MPH, If You Paddle Constantly, You Would Cover A 10 Mile Trip In 4-5 Hours In A Wide Stable Boat, Such As A Recreational Kayak. A Narrow Touring Kayak Can Improve Upon That Speed, With A Lot Of Work, To A 4-4.5 MPH Average For A Fit Paddler. That is, Of Course, Without Pesky Currents To Slow You Down.
And That Is Without Stopping To Look At The Scenery, Or Stopping To Bird Watch, Fish, Or Photograph, ANYTHING.
And Now You’re Tired.
And The Swinging Paddle Blade Has Usually Scared Off Most Of The Animals You Would Have Liked To Look At.
(I’ve Worked As A Professional Wildlife Photographer For Several Years. ( scottkilgorephotograpy.com ) Birds Are Particularly Disturbed By The Sight Of Swinging Paddles. I Always Had to Stop Paddling And Drift Long Before Reaching Within Range Of Any Birds That Were Not Accustomed To My Presence. Yet The Sound Of a Motor Rarely Bothers Birds In Places Where Motors Are Used.
If You Are Fishing, You Have Spent Most Of Your Time Getting There… Instead Of Fishing.
And If You Are Drift Fishing, You Have Drifted Downriver Where Someone Has To Pick You Up. Wouldn’t It Be Better To Be able To Launch The Boat By Yourself, And Motor Back Upstream AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT?
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Production Lean 'N' Steer Power Kayak shown above with motor tilted up and on small van
Early Production Boat at Left and Below
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