|News from Pakboats|
We have made a wide padded center seat that will let two children sit side by side and paddle. If the children prefer to play in the bottom of the canoe instead, the new floor boards are mounted on top of the canoe frame and have a comfortable foam surface. Compared to traditional canoes, the new Pakboats floor board is drier because it can drain into the bottom of the canoe, and it is much warmer because of the foam insulation.
Please visit us at Canoecopia in Madison Wisconsin, March 13 - 15.
We have found that our customers prefer kayaks that can be used equally well by one or two paddlers. The Saranac is our best seller, and it can be used with or without a deck, by one or two paddlers. Unlike other kayaks where a solo paddler has to paddle from the stern cockpit, Pakboats solo/double kayaks can be purchased with a solo or double deck - or both. This way, you can always get your kayak trimmed properly.
With the XT-17 we are offering an unbeatable package deal: You can get a very solid 17 ft kayak that can be configured as a solo or double, including a solo deck and a double deck, all for $1995! For an evaluation of the XT-17, click here. And read about a challenging trip with XT-15 and XT-17 on Lake Superior.
Quest Touring Kayaks
There is an all-new family of kayaks from Pakboats. The Quests are super light, compact, and easy to put together. Even better - they are a joy to paddle. The 13.5 ft Quest 135 is just right for "small to normal" size people, and the 15.5 ft Quest 155 (see picture) is just right if you need to carry more stuff. With all-polyurethane materials and price tags in the $1500 range you can see why we are excited! More about Quest and XT here.
We hope you will be inspired by all the opportunities that a truly portable and efficient folding canoe or kayak can offer. Our own paddling trips have taken us to several countries and given us many treasured memories, and we hope you will have similar experiences.
Here you will find a wide selection of folding canoes and kayaks along with accessories to help you get maximum enjoyment out of your Pakboat. And you will find many stories and pictures that customers have sent to us from their trips all over the World. Please click on Canoe Adventures or Kayak Adventures on the left of the screen and explore the adventures others have had to see what opportunities may be in store for you.
A few words about Packable Boats:
Canoes and kayaks that you can pack for travel are generally folding or inflatable. Both have their special advantages, and Pakboats combine the best features of both. In each Pakboat, a complete aluminum frame provides efficient lines and rigidity, while inflatable tubes provide tensioning and flotation. The combination of frame and inflatable tubes make a much more compact structure than air alone, and a Pakboat has much more interior space than a similar size inflatable canoe or kayak. The unique Pakboats structures are also much lighter and pack smaller. Similar size inflatables weigh about 50% more than a Pakboat.