When you purchase a NEW 14' or 16' Paddle Qwest from Ahlstrand Marine it will include a 12" longer pontoon that will improve performance with less pedaling effort by increasing buoyancy at the stern of the boat. All of this is done without increasing the boat's overall length. In the first video below you will see a new 2017 17' Paddle Qwest 616/17 pedal pontoon boat, which shows how much more buoyant the back end is.
I know what you are thinking: there is no way that big pontoon boat can be easy to pedal. Well, Ahlstrand Marine has finally answered your question. Watch the video to see whether or not the Paddle Qwest Pedal Pontoon boat truly is the easiest pedal boat to operate.
In the video below you will get to see the evolution of the Paddle Qwest from when it first started in 2009 up until today. In 2008, Ahlstrand Marine came up with the idea of a pontoon boat you could pedal and presented it to the manufacturer of a pontoon boat line they already carried. In 2009, a prototype was built and the very first Paddle Qwest was delivered to Ahlstrand Marine. Over the years we have worked closely with the manufacturer and have made changes that have helped to make the Paddle Qwest what it is today (for more information on how it all got started click on the article link at the bottom of this page).