An American Canoe Association Sea Kayak Instructor and Registered Maine Guide, Dan has been kayaking for almost 30 years and paddling on the Maine coast for the past 20. His passion is designing, building and paddling kayaks that go FAST! He placed 3rd in the 300 mile Everglades Challenge and recently set the Fastest Known Time paddling around Mount Desert Island. (8Hrs 25 Minutes)
Friendship Kayak's mission is to create the lightest, fastest kayaks that can be built at home. We focus solely on Skin-on-Frame boats, which allows us to design extremely light weight, high performance hulls. This time tested method of construction provides the easiest method for the beginner or novice boat builder. Basically, if you can tie your shoe you can build one of our kits.
Combining my experience as a kayak instructor, a Maine Guide and an ultra-marathon paddler I've designed what I believe to be some of the lightest, fastest and most stable boats that you can build. These boats have been tested and refined over thousands of paddling miles and through some of the hardest off-shore races and expeditions on earth, all with the ultimate goal to go longer faster.
I can think of no better place to experience one of our boats than the coast of Maine. With thousands of miles of shoreline and hundreds of accessible islands there are few places in the world that can match its beauty. I'm not sure what I enjoy more, designing boats or sharing this beauty with others.