Emerald Coast Hydrobikes is open almost every day year round. Most holidays are available with an advance reservation. Occasional closings will be posted on our Facebook Events calendar.“If it’s daylight and not storming, we are probably open.”
I received the Hydrobikes and brought them up to my lake house in East Texas last Saturday. Well, Tropical storm Lee was sending rain bands across us and we had a 20-30 mph gusting wind. We got a much needed 3″ of soaking rain in Tyler county, which is the third county west of Louisiana in the middle of East Texas. I could not stand it, so on Sunday I assembled one of the bikes, in the rain, and tried it out. We had no problem in the wind, and I crossed the lake many times. My kids loved it, and my skinny 12 year old son easily controlled the craft. A coast guard officer visiting relatives in the area was very interested in the Hydrobike, and I let him try it and he loved it. I asked him about the wind, and he said it was blowing 20 nautical miles per hour with gusts nearing 40. Two design features of the Hydrobike that keep it from being blown sideways in the wind are the pontoons and the rudder. Your pontoons are deep enough in the water to act as keels, and prevent “crabbing” in the wind. Also, unlike a canoe, or even a kayak, there is very little surface area on the craft for the wind to push on. Now, some of the gusts I encountered were enough to push me sideways on long traverses of the lake. But I could easily compensate with the rudder, which also adds to the amount of “keel”. In fact, in deep water with the rudder in it’s lowest position, it acts as a daggerboard as on a catamaran. I consider the experience a rather extreme test of the craft, and am well satisfied with the performance exhibited. Anyway, next week I am going to take them to the beach and go beyond the third sand bar and fish. I hate wade fishing at the beach as I know what is out there in terms of bull sharks and stingrays…….. “
A Perfect Fit!
“I have worked as an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the past 26 years. I had been looking for a pedal powered water bike for some time and researched the various models that were commercially available and finally decided on the Hydrobike. It is even better than I had imagined! What an incredible design! Everything went together perfectly. The majority of the parts are corrosion resistant, (aluminum, brass and stainless) which was a big concern for using it in our salt water environment and the hulls are virtually indestructible. I weigh about 235 lbs so I was worried about stability. No problem at all. I can stand on one pontoon and the bike is still completely stable. It is really fast and easy to handle, just like riding a bike on the water. It was almost effortless. It handled the rough water with no problem, went into the wind easily, and was a pleasure all round to use. You can operate it in really shallow water by moving the conveniently located handle attached to the drive unit and trimming the drive unit up until the propeller is barely in the water. The designer thought of everything.”