The Waterbug by Hoyt Harken is included in this narrative on the “Most amazing pedal boats” and we found it was not quite as accurate as it probably should be. The Waterbug is no longer in production as it’s original design and hasn’t been since the late 1980’s. The mold and tooling are safely tucked away as they have been since that time. The Waterbug hull was made of fiberglass and not the rotationally molded plastic as noted in this article. Production of the Mallard, which was the ‘sister’ of the Waterbug, was also discontinued prior to 1995, but the license for it was purchased by Curt Chambers owner of Nauticraft. It was redesigned to be produced using polyethylene in a rotational molding process instead of using fiberglass, and renamed the Escapade. The Escapade has been produced by Nauticraft since it’s inception in 1996 and is still in production yet today.
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