Rides: Real People and the Boats They Love

Classic kayaks and canoes

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.

Marcia Seaman’s

Hornbeck Ten

A pack canoe ideal for the small lakes and long portages of the Adirondacks

Mike Whitlock’s

Mystery Canoe

A restored garage sale salvage with unknown origins.

A. Roy Curtis’s

Current Designs Gulfstream

British designed, Maine deployed.

Jerry Nowak’s

Necky Manitou 14

A light touring kayak ready to take on big challenges.

Herbert Howe’s

Alumacraft 18.6

Big Al was like your parents’ Buick. It turned well, was stable, took a bruising and just kept cruising.

Classic kayaks and canoes Sarah Meier’s

Hobie Revolution 13

I have paddled and fished out of a lot of different kayaks, but the Hobie Revolution 13 has been my favorite.

Classic kayaks and canoes Lynn O’Kane’s

Wenonah Minnesota II

A Boundary Waters outfitter tells us why the Wenonah Minnesota II is her favorite canoe.

Classic kayaks and canoes Harold Murphy’s

Innova Safari

Harold Murphy is living proof of the amazing places that a sense of adventure and an inflatable kayak can take you.

Classic kayaks and canoes Alvah Maloney’s

Necky Looksha 17

Meet Maine Guide Alvah Maloney and his favorite sea kayak.

Classic kayaks and canoes Joe Pikul’s

Cedar Strip Prospector

Building this gorgeous Chestnut Prospecter Ranger 15 was a dream come true for South Dakota paddler Joe Pikul.

Classic kayaks and canoes Gordon Homme’s

Old Town Tripper

Meet Gordon Homme and Sundog, the canoe that has carried him north for 29 years, and counting.

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