Contributing Monkie Jennifer Buonantony
Published on September 21, 2008
What’s more green feeling then gliding across the sea in a recreational kayak, taking in natural surroundings and fresh air? Howzabout doing so in a Manitou 13 recycled kayak by Necky Kayaks, whose company has been bringing the most innovative upgrades to their equipment for over thirty years?
The Manitou 13 is made with 100% post industrial plastic, making it not only a high performance kayak (as is the Necky tradition), but the most eco-friendly sporting variety on the market. (In fact, it was named in Outdoor Magazine as one of the 75 Objects of Desire for sportsman in 2007. Sweet.) Necky uses their own cut-outs and plastic waste to produce these vessels. And this plastic “waste” contains stronger property materials than the rest of the Manitou line, making the 13-foot kayak more durable for rocky beach landings, driveway scrape-ups and beatings from windy conditions. Perfect for beginner kayakers like me, who are bound to get tossed around the first time paddling!
Both compact and lightweight, the M13 weighs about forty-five pounds and can be easily transported atop a vehicle. It also has an extended keel to keep you tracking evenly in the water, as well as a high bow to help protect you and your passengers from salt-water spray. Other features include a roomy cockpit for easy entry and exit, a water resistant stern hatch for storing lunch and other necessities, foam padded seats for lower and upper lumbar support, Comfort Fit thigh supports and reflective deck rigging for safety — a major asset to the more experienced and adventurous sea-goers.
And the thing is reasonably priced between eight and nine hundred dollars, guaranteed to last for years and it comes with a pledge from Necky to donate one percent of the gross sales to Waterkeeper Alliance.
By donating to Waterkeeper Alliance, a grassroots organization with 177 local Waterkeeper programs ensuring the preservation and protection of waterways from pollution, Necky ensures their kayaks not only bring the best to recreation today, but provide for cleaner waterways for future kayakers looking to enjoy a day at sea.
It’s nice to see a sport that takes its joy from riding the ever-changing current of the sea producing equipment that rides the green wave as well.