The boats we love best aren’t the always the newest or most high-tech. They’re the ones that have been with us the longest, the ones that carried us on adventures great and small. They’re the boats that have shaped our lives and touched our souls. In Rides, C&K shares the stories of real paddlers and the boats they love.
White kayak, answers to Fluffy
Florida paddler seeks clear water
A Wisconsin canoe instructor’s solo cruiser
Idaho craftsman-artist-paddler’s artistic cedar-strip kayaks
Gage designed (and built) this beautiful, custom canoe for a 30-day wilderness trip with his dog, Sadie
A biologist-turned-guide who’s on a mission to help people connect with wild Florida
An elegant, handcrafted cedar-strip canoe
“I love my 21-year-old canoe like an old pickup.”
Carol Petrich Kalapus’s
An 86-year-old kayaker who began paddling at 75
A Quetico machine that wooed his wife
Real people (and Chihuahuas) and the boats they love
A beautiful, hand-crafted skin-on-frame kayak
A kit kayak custom built for three
Michael “Smiley” King’s
From family paddling trips to rapids, this boat is ready for the water
Stable, comfortable, versatile
A cheap, easy to build, battery-powered bilge pump solution
“It fits me like a pair of jeans. It’s that comfortable.”
A stable canoe Sullivan prefers to pole
Stable, commodious and tough as they come
A crossover ocean kayak with Italian-grade responsiveness and cork-like buoyancy
Monica and Frank McManus’s
A couple that sea kayaked to their wedding
An old school wooden canvas canoe that turns heads
A light touring kayak that doubles as a terrier carrier
Despite freezing temperatures and learning to paddle on the fly, this boat took Brady down the entire Mississippi
A beautiful, home-assembled kayak that’s seen Florida’s best paddling
Meet the shark-bitten boat that took Mangiapia around Florida
‘Elderly Canoeist Ahead’: A lifelong paddler who hitchhikes his own shuttles
A pack canoe ideal for the small lakes and long portages of the Adirondacks
A restored garage sale salvage with unknown origins.
A. Roy Curtis’s
British designed, Maine deployed.
A light touring kayak ready to take on big challenges.
Big Al was like your parents’ Buick. It turned well, was stable, took a bruising and just kept cruising.
I have paddled and fished out of a lot of different kayaks, but the Hobie Revolution 13 has been my favorite.
A Boundary Waters outfitter tells us why the Wenonah Minnesota II is her favorite canoe.
Harold Murphy is living proof of the amazing places that a sense of adventure and an inflatable kayak can take you.
Meet Maine Guide Alvah Maloney and his favorite sea kayak.
Building this gorgeous Chestnut Prospecter Ranger 15 was a dream come true for South Dakota paddler Joe Pikul.
Meet Gordon Homme and Sundog, the canoe that has carried him north for 29 years, and counting.
Vore builds beautiful cedar strip kayaks that are sold through an art gallery.