I’m an endurance cyclist looking to take my lower body fitness to offshore waters with a touring-oriented pedal kayak. I live in Michigan and would like to build up experience to some day tour many of the islands in the Great Lakes by pedal power.
The problem is, it appears there are no sit-in touring-oriented pedal kayaks on the market. Why is this? Is it not possible to adapt current paddle-specific models by raising the cockpit roof so as to allow a recumbent-style pilot position? Are there issues with stability or safety in such a position? Might there be anything of this type in development?
Part of my motivation for a pedal-drive touring kayak is of course a need to handle potentially challenging waters, but also because I am looking to cover long distances quickly and efficiently. Supposedly, pedaling speed beats paddling speed, but a bit of YouTubing doesn’t seem to strongly confirm that point. Currently we are dealing with sit-on-top pedal kayaks largely intended for fishing (i.e. Hobie), and pitting them against touring kayak speeds, but maybe a touring-specialized pedal-drive kayak would do better?
To flip the question around, would any of you ever take a sit-on-top fishing pedal-drive kayak on a 4-mile offshore excursion into Lake Michigan?
Hopefully someone here has some explanation for the lack of pedal-drive sea kayaks. Are there important design considerations?