Cape Cod Kayak, MA

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When you think of Cape Cod, you probably conjure long sandy beaches, towering dunes and beautiful seaside homes. As the ocean wanders its way into shore, it creeps into the salt marshes and ponds, creating so many beautiful places to paddle. Places that are teeming with shore birds and fish, and some of them are even still a secret. But if you visit the folks at Cape Cod Kayak in Pocasset, MA, they may just tell you how to get there.

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Shhh… I think this is one of the secret ones.

What is now “THE Kayakers Candy Shop” according to owner Kim Fernandes, started 21 years ago in her backyard, with a homemade trailer and six kayaks. Two tours a week along the waterways soon turned into many more, and Cape Cod Kayak has grown into a full-service retail store with a fleet of over 60 rental kayaks.

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Another happy group of customers after a tour among the protected marshes. They look pretty comfy in their MTI life jackets!

 

“We rent everything from entry level recreational kayaks to high end sea kayaks,” says Kim. “[We are a] small local business,” says Kim, “which means specialized personal attention for each and every client trying to choose the proper kayak the first time. A paddle weighted and sized to specific needs, and an appropriately fitting and suitable PFD for each and every purpose.” None of this is too surprising when it comes to small paddle shops, but they do throw in a free trip with every new kayak they sell. Tough to compete with million dollar views as a bonus.

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Just some of the boats they carry.

Kim isn’t shy about how she feels about Cape Cod. “We have the best sunsets in the world!” she exclaims. “Plus, we have the best staff evah!” she says with that iconic New England accent that has been entertaining tourists for generations. You would be crazy to not follow in their footsteps and take a trip to Cape Cod.

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This place hasn’t gone to the dogs just yet, but they do cater to them with MTI’s UnderDog life jacket.

True to their word, Cape Cod Kayaks carries everything a paddler could need. This Saturday they are doing a demo with Eddyline kayaks, known for their light weight and high performance. We can’t think of a better match up for these beautiful boats than the shores of Cape Cod. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

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Come try an Eddyline!

The Kayak Centre, RI

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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

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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


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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