The Kayak Centre, RI

Store Panorama
A panorama of the Kayak Centre from several years ago. The shop layout has had many incarnations over the years.

It is no surprise that many of our earliest dealers are located in New England, not far from MTI headquarters. In the beginning, Yoshi and Simon Takashina loaded up the car with life jackets and drove along the coast, stopping in at every paddling shop they could find.

The Kayak Centre, which opened in May 1995, has been a close partner of MTI for many of the 21 years they’ve been in business. Located right on the water in the small fishing village of Wickford, RI, The Kayak Centre fits in well with the community of paddlers, sailors, commercial fisherman and boat builders nearby. Water access is plentiful, and their private boat launch makes it easy for instruction and demos. Continue reading

Lancaster County Marine, PA

Lancaster County Marine

While many bemoan the collapse of mom-and-pop shops, we’re happy to report on one that is still alive and kickin’, and has been, since 1967! Lancaster County Marine truly is a family operation, with three generations of the Hartman family handling the business. Dale Sr. and Fran Hartman opened shop in Rothsville, PA, 49 years ago, with their two sons, Dale Jr. and Duane, growing up behind the counter and in the maintenance bay. Continue reading

CanoeSport Outfitters, Iowa

MTI is celebrating 25 years in 2016 by featuring 25 of our longest-running dealers. We are only here because they’ve been here with us – selling our products and getting people on the water. It it because of their loyalty, support, and feedback that we continue to evolve and grow to serve paddlers. Here’s to another 25 years! – Editor’s Note

Canoesport Outfitters when it first opened its doors in 1992.

When Jeff Holmes opened CanoeSport Outfitters opened in May of 1992, the paddlesports industry was very different. A huge variety of companies produced innovative new products, all trying to out-do one another, and relied on local sales reps to support demos and events. As corporate consolidation among manufacturers started, the industry changed dramatically, and shops were left to pick up the slack on their own. Many were forced to close up shop, but others rallied around the community they cater to. It is because they didn’t sacrifice their core values that CanoeSport Outfitters is still around today. Continue reading

Press Release – MTI to launch Camo Cod Series at ICAST 2016

Plympton, MA— April 1, 2016 Following last year’s introduction of the UNDERCOD vest for commercial fishing, MTI Adventurewear plans to expand the product line to the Sportfishing market at the upcoming ICAST show in July with the CAMO COD SERIES.  Based on the bestselling UNDERDOG life vest for pets, the UNDERCOD was developed to address the sinking Cod Fish population in the North Atlantic. Continue reading

2016: The Year of Three Anniversaries

In 1991 Marine Technologies International (MTI) was a start-up, founded in a
suburban home in Watertown, MA, by Dorothy Takashina and her sons Yoshi and Simon. Dorothy had a vision to design life jackets for the watersports that her college-aged sons loved: whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing and quiet water kayaking – emerging sports at the time. Continue reading



This video by STANDUP. PADDLING.NET and Jimmy Blakeney of BIC Board describes essential gear including the MTI FLUID Belt Pack inflatable PFDs, paddle leashes and paddles as well as looking at the basic anatomy of your SUP board.

“So gear wise, you’re going to want to have a PFD. This is a personal flotation device. If you’re outside the surf zone, meaning not surfing the board in waves, then you definitely want to have a PFD because the Coast Guard requires it. If you don’t have one on, you can get a ticket if you’re out there on the water without it. This is a nice option because it’s low profile. It’s an inflatable PFD. It goes around your waist like a fanny pack, and you inflate it if you need it. If not, it’s out of the way and low profile. “

Nice job, Jimmy! Thanks for helping to spread the SAFE SUP message.


Cold Water Boot Camp Video – watching this could save your life!

The 2nd most common reason people say that they don’t wear a life jacket is because they consider themselves a good swimmer. If that is you, take a look at this. COLD WATER BOOT CAMP is a pretty powerful video showing how a GOOD SWIMMER could quickly be overcome in cold water. It is NO SHAME to wear a life jacket!

Getting ready for OUTDOOR RETAILER 2011

It’s all go at MTI central as our sales, marketing, and design team get ready for our biggest trade show of the year: OUTDOOR RETAILER. We’ll be debuting the 2012 MTI Collection to our dealer partners, the press, and the product reviewers.

JEFF MULLER and GORDON COLBY have been busy this past year, bringing 10 new models to the MTI line for 2012!
* Whitewater
* Professional
* Kids
*Kayak Fishing
* Women Specific
* Versatile Recreational    * and even a new color for the underDOG


Love to SUP-it!