Local businesses team up to create a fun and stable way to paddle the river. The new design makes boaters more comfortable and safe.
Jim Reynolds had a dream of creating a kayak that was more stable on the water, and he did just that.
“Just grab a hold of the handle put one foot in and push off and you’re gone. It just makes getting in and out a whole lot easier and then on top of that, when you’re in the water you can move around. And movement out on the water makes a lot of difference and makes it comfortable on the water all day.”
Reynolds says he wanted to have full control.
“We wanted something that you could just while you’re in the boat you could change configuration, so if you have outriggers all the way out that’s good for getting in and out of the boat, so if you want to go swimming or snorkeling or whatever, you climb in with the outriggers all the way out, and when you’re going out for a paddle, you can have them half way out.”
Reynolds worked closely with the Small Business and Technology Development Center, which is associated with ECU. They were able to put together marketing strategies and also help him find reps.
That’s where Knee Deep Adventures in Greenville got involved. Knee Deep is a new company that rents and sells kayaks and paddle boards. The owner of the store says she loves the new design
“The outriggers make a huge difference. Beginner kayakers feel much more comfortable inside the boat. I’ve tried it and tried to flip it over and I couldn’t so I felt pretty comfortable myself,” said Kelsey Curtis.”
The new kayaks have fishing rod holders, extra storage and a higher seat for comfort. Reynolds says he’s excited for the future and hopes everyone will take the new boat out for a spin.
If you would like more information on the kayaks, click here.