If you prefer soaking up the sun over shooting the rapids when relaxing on the water, the WaterWheeler ASL pedal boat may appeal. ASL stands for Adjustable Sun Lounger - both seats can be can be fully-reclined with a built in cool store compartment and drink holders adding to the focus on leisure. The bench seat design means that the WaterWheeler can accommodate three adults and two children with the seats in an upright position and can be operated by a single person sitting in the centre position or by all three occupants at once. Steering is via a central handle with internal linkages and the 2.3 metre long hull can carry over 350kg. Available in blue or aqua colours, WaterWheeler also has an optional canopy protect from the suns rays during long afternoons on the water. A smaller version - WaterWheelerJr - is also available, as well as WaterWheeler MKV, which is permanently set up to cater for 3 adults and 2 children without the option of high-backed reclining seats. WaterWheeler is distributed in Australia by KayakWorld (www.kayakworld.com.au) and the top of the range ASL model costs AUS$2260 and the add-on canopy costs AUS$522. A Boat Cover for storage use is also available for AUS$299.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon