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Old 07-04-2016, 11:38   #16
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

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The CF is not a good place to get feedback on stand up adult e-scooters as no one here uses them except my wife and I.
We have been using the E-Twow e-scooters for 3 years now and we go everywhere with them. We use a back pack when we get supplies and it works great.
They go 20mph for 20miles and are 23lbs. You can get them for $750.
They have lights, speedo,horn, trip and re-gen braking and regular brake.
They are all aluminum, so they do not rust.

We are in our 60's and have no problem walking 6 miles, but these allow us to cover whole islands without breaking a sweat.

My wife carries her's by herself, so weight is not an issue. They fit in any tiny cubby hole in a boat with ease.

We charge them with solar, so power has never been an issue. We have fast chargers that charge fully in 1.5 hours.
Evidently, the Cruisers Forum is a great place to get feedback about the stand-up adult e-scooters. I now have information about their weight and recharging timing that is new to me and different from such devices that I investigated about ten years ago. Features for innovative devices change and most cruisers are eager to consider advancing their opportunities.

Thanks for your feedback!
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:45   #17
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

If you're staying somewhere for a while and you think you will use a bike, check the 'for sale' in the local newspaper for used bikes. Get the ugliest one you can find so it doesn't get stolen, give it to a kid when you leave.

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Old 07-04-2016, 11:51   #18
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

I met a cruiser on a small boat in Solomons, MD who didn't find it easy to transport is bike on his boat. He told me that he had several old, ugly, yet functional bikes chained to fences and posts at different US East Coast locations.
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:12   #19
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

Oh come now everyone. Really? Scooters? Bicycles? Now here is the right answer.
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Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

I once met a man at a far off marina who got off his boat and to my amazement just sorta strolled away. He just put one foot in front of the other and off he went. When he came I asked him about his strange behavior and he swore he read an article that said that is how people used to do it in the old days. I couldn't believe it but it sure seemed to work for him. Maybe I'll try it too one day when I'm feeling adventurous.😘


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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

I have my eye on this, when I am ready to go shopping:

Helix - The World's Best Folding Bike

Hopefully they will still be around in a few years.
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:34   #22
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

I'm stuck cruising in the USA for a bit still. Work. I'm also at anchor, so that makes for a different scenario than a dock.

So, as i travel, I have a sort of escalation of transportation modes.

1) I walk a couple miles without even thinking twice.

2) If too far, I take an uber. How has no one stateside mentioned this?? Picks you up at any location with a GPS signal and comes within 4 minutes. God's gift to those coming ashore in strange places.

3) If it's one of those all day provisioning trips, I use Enterprise rental cars who also pick you up.

I have bikes, but they are more for pleasure riding than transportation because it's so annoying loading them in/out of a dinghy.
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

Running errands within 1-2 miles I usually walk. Beyond that carrying supplies back can be too much for me. Then transferring my Montague full size folder to shore is my choice.

After six years it has many rusty bolts and chain but continues to function properly. The frame, rims, spokes, cabling, gearing, etc are all corrosion resistant. So far the only maintenance is a shot of pb blaster on the chain to free it up if not used for some time.

It folds up and goes in a cockpit locker when underway. Don't care for the cluttered deck look, but the hard dinghy goes on the foredeck.

I use a travel bag about 10x12x20 inches that balances and straps atop the handlebars/gooseneck. And likely a plastic shopping bag dangling from bars with bread and chips inside.

In urban areas I'm quite sure to be perceived as a local homeless person peddling down the sidewalk. Oh well.
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

My folding 20" electric bike has front basket and panniers over the rear wheel. I keep it locked on shore and bring the battery aboard for charging. Range between charges over 20 miles but Florida is flat. No problem transporting $100 groceries including large watermelon and 3 L wine bottle. I used to use taxis but now its only when I rent a car at the airport. Cost was under $1000. One of my smarter purchases.
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Re: Land transportation for cruisers. What are you using?

What we use depends on the destination.

For long stay destinations when we can't sail for many months, we buy a junker car. At other times it's walking or public transport.

We try to select destinations where walking is a viable option.
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My folding 20" electric bike has front basket and panniers over the rear wheel. I keep it locked on shore and bring the battery aboard for charging. Range between charges over 20 miles but Florida is flat. No problem transporting $100 groceries including large watermelon and 3 L wine bottle. I used to use taxis but now its only when I rent a car at the airport. Cost was under $1000. One of my smarter purchases.
What's the brand and where to buy it. Thanks.
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Per Q from Sparrowhawk1. Bought from Amazon. Bike is Cyclamatic. Panieers are Axiom Seymor DLX 30. Hopoe this helps.
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............ If too far, I take an uber. How has no one stateside mentioned this?? Picks you up at any location with a GPS signal and comes within 4 minutes. God's gift to those coming ashore in strange places.
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There may be such a day in the future, but Uber is far from ubiquitous. Most of the cruising locations along the US East Coast do not have an Uber driver four minutes away waiting for your call! I believe the majority of ports that I frequent won't have an Uber driver within twenty miles, and some 100 miles.
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Thanks Zip! I was hoping to hear from someone that uses them! They seem like the best bang per cu ft of space.

Thanks for your reply!
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There may be such a day in the future, but Uber is far from ubiquitous. Most of the cruising locations along the US East Coast do not have an Uber driver four minutes away waiting for your call! I believe the majority of ports that I frequent won't have an Uber driver within twenty miles, and some 100 miles.
Could be. Definitely the more rural the less ubers.

So far, I have used it in every major town from Miami to Jacksonville.

South Beach, Coconut Grove, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Daytona, St Augustine, Jacksonville.

But, I am sure it will drop off a lot in those outer banks Carolinas areas.

I'm also sure it will pick right back up in Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire before being only available in Portland probably in Maine.

It's really expanded.

Edit: Just looked at their site. The entire east coast of Florida from Georgia to Miami is covered, just about all of the Carolinas, especially Charleston/Myrtle Beach, then all of the east coast from Virginia on up.

All has uber. It's literally the best way to get around because you don't have to know where you are coming ashore. Just dingy up, stand on any nearby pavement, fire up the app/gps and the car comes right to you.

It's truly magic for those of us on boats at anchor.
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