Friday, September 11, 2015

Classical Kayaking...

 Last season, one of our guests referred to our Necky & Wilderness System Kayaks in a way that offended me at first, but then after consideration I realized it was actually quite a compliment to the boats themselves. At least, that's the way I'm taking it ;)
He said, "Oh wow, you guys have some Classic Kayaks!" Typically, when I hear something like that, I want to jump to defense with the reasons we don't have brand new boats every season, and why our small operation works extremely hard to keep the boats we have in operating order, but it doesn't matter. What matters is the first impression people see when they see the boats, but what matters even more is how well these boats function.
 We inherited all of our kayaks except for two doubles we purchased last season. The company started in 1999, and many of these kayaks were brought down here a few years after that. So yes, technically, we do have CLASSICS in our fleet, but that's because they are fantastic boats that give you the biggest bang for your buck.
 We repair the bungie cords, which get tortured in this tropical sun, we replace the neoprene covers regularly, we fix bulkheads that get damaged from folks sitting on top of the deck, we fix buckles, rudders, and many more parts. We have even made repairs to the actual hull when they are drug along the razor sharp limestone shores, or when they accidentally slip off the kayak trailer and drag on the road.... you get the idea, these boats get their wear and tear, wear and tear, wear and...
 As our company gets older, we hope to get wiser and figure out the ways to keep our gear new and up to par, but in the meantime, we will do our best to maintain what we have been blessed with and keep it up to speed for your kayaking, sailing and camping needs.
  If you, however, are in the market for a kayak for your own paddling...these brands definitely come highly recommended from our crew down here in Exuma. And no, Necky & Wilderness Systems are not sponsoring this post... I wish they were though! Any reps reading this??? I'd love to chat :)

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