I stick to the bike……
First of all, thanks to all for the kind words. They are very much appreciated. You guys and gals rock.
There is a rumbling that there will be parts and skin support moving forward….”someone” will have a small side business in making/repairing parts.
Hopefully this will help keep all our boats on the water for a long time. More to follow as we work out how this will happen.
Feathercraft Has Closed Permanently
Feathercraft has now permanently stopped making folding kayaks and accessories. Due to a number of factors, including poor economic conditions, changing lifestyles, flight baggage restrictions and increasing costs, we have found that making our premium kayaks is no longer financially viable. We will miss the incredible feedback and adventure stories that we have received over the years. I personally will miss these customers, our many suppliers, and also my dedicated colleagues who have helped make our beautiful boats. Thank you all for your tremendous support over these past 40 years.
Founder and Principal Owner
The Beginning: A Feathercraft Retrospective
by Doug Simpson — Founder, owner and designer
I got the idea for Feathercraft while still in university, about 1970. Most summers I went up to Yellowknife (NWT) or Whitehorse (Yukon) and worked as a prospector for small mineral exploration companies. We were looking for gold, copper, zinc, uranium, etc. We flew in small, single engine bush planes on floats and landed on small lakes. Frank Moyle, a Northern pioneer, was my partner at the time. Usually, we set up bush camps for a few weeks and prospected the area. The idea of a small, light-weight boat that could be carried on our back seemed like a good one. He suggested an open canoe. I already liked kayaks. When I was only 7 or 8 years old, my family spent two summers staying in a cottage on a small island near Vancouver. The old lady next door had two small wood frame, canvas skin kayaks. I got to paddle them around the bay. They were very light and responsive. This is one of my best memories.
To maybe stoke your mojo
Playing a bit of highstakes golf on Burnett beach
I particularly enjoy it when people stick cameras in non-traditional places, the eagle eye on the mast is pretty cool:
I’m a sucker for the Japanese and their blogs; they are so filled with passion for kayaking (its not just a pastime, its a “lifestyle change”)