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Which Sea Kayak Manufacturer has the Boat for You?

The sea kayak manufacturers make a bewildering array of sea kayaks to choose from. If you can narrow down which makes to look at based on price, construction, availability you can then proceed to look at what boats are made in each range that meet your needs. We have shown the makers by country of origin, however, many of the brands are sold and distributed world wide so do not be limited by this categorisation. If you find a smaller maker that is based close to where you live however, you may well want to take a look at  their products.

In spite of the number of boats available sea kayaking is still a relatively small world and many people will discuss boats by reference to the name of the person who founded the company, owns the company or is still busy designing and involved with the boats. To help you unravel this we have provided any information we are aware of along these lines that might help. Some of these people have been involved in sea kayak design from the early days of the introduction of sea kayaks, if you happen to meet them be sure to get them talking, they have so much knowledge to impart about sea kayak design and performance.   

Where a price shows as £x000+ this is the starting price, where the prices shows £x000 to £y000 this is the price range without extras, where the price is shown as £x000/£y000 this is the polyethylene starting price followed by the composite starting price. 

All data is to the best of our knowledge. If you know that any of our information is out of date, incorrect or confusing please let us know and we will do our best to make appropriate updates.  Equally if we have missed anyone out please let us know so we can include them.

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UK Sea Kayak Manufacturers

Manufacturer

Location

Makers of

Constructions

Price

Founder/ Ownership/ Comments

UK Exeter

Primarily Racing Kayaks but also Sea Kayaks and Folding Kayaks

Composite - Basic to Top of the range

£2000 +

Dave Green

UK Hampshire

Surf Boat Specialists also making Sea Kayaks

Range of Composites

£1200 - £2000

Sea Kayak Specialists

Polyethylene & Composite

£950/ £2000

P&H

Derbyshire

Sea Kayak Specialists

RTM Polyethylene & Composite

£1200/ £2300+

Sea Kayaks, Touring Kayaks & Sit On Tops

Polyethylene

Company Perception UK

Anglesey

Sea Kayak Specialists

Primarily Composite with one RTM Polyethylene model

£2000+

Nigel Dennis

Cumbria

Sea Kayak Specialists

Primarily Composite with one RTM Polyethylene model

Manufactured in Thailand distributed worldwide, founder David Felton, designer Aled Williams

Nottingham

Sea Kayak Specialists

RTM Polyethylene & Composite

£1000/ £2000+

Founded by Frank Goodman 1972 one of the first to make sea kayaks and makers of some "classics"

North West

Sea Kayaks & Touring Kayaks

Polyethylene

£1000

Related to P&H, worldwide distribution

North American Sea Kayak Manufacturers

Manufacturer

Location

Makers of

Constructions

Price

Founder/ Ownership/ Comments

Montreal, Canada

Sea Kayak Specialists

Thermoformed Polyethylene & Composite

Established 1991

Massachusetts, USA

Greenland Kayaks

Composite

$2500

Contact Cal-Tek at 781-585-5666 - no website

Oregon, USA

Greenland Kayaks

Skin -On-Frame

Make your own workshops available

Seattle, USA

Recreation, Touring Kayaks and Sea Kayaks

Eddyline exclusive thermoplastic Carbonlite 2000

$2500+

Tom Derrer - Family Company

USA

Sea Kayak Specialists also make open Canadians

Composite

$2500+

Current owners brothers Marc and Ron Bourgoin

Washington, USA

Sea Kayak Specialists

Composite

Claim to make very light boats, shipping world wide, sold only factory direct.

USA

Sea Kayak Specialists

Composite

Maine, USA

Sea Kayaks, Touring Kayaks & Sit On Tops

Mostly Polyethylene but some composite

Part of  Water sports group Johnson Outdoor Watercraft

Perception

South Carolina, USA

More Touring Orientated

Polyethylene

$1000

Founded by Bill Masters in the 1970s, now owned by Confluence Holdings

British Columbia, Canada

Sea Kayak Specialists

Mainly Composite plus first thermoformed kayak

$CAN4000

Steve Ree family business includes some Nigel Foster designs, dealers across North America plus Australia, Korea and Norway

Winona, Massachusetts, USA

Sea Kayak Specialists

Composite

$3000

John Winters designs now run by Wenonah

Wilderness

USA

Sea Kayaks, Tourers Sit on Tops & Fishing Kayaks

Polyethylene & Composite

$1700/ $2900

Established 1985 now part of Confluence Holdings

European Sea Kayak Manufacturers (Excluding UK)

Manufacturers

Locations

Makers of

Construction

Price

Founder/ Ownership/ Comments

Exo

Italy

Sea Kayaks, White Water Kayaks & Sit on Tops

Ployethylene

Ronnskar, Sweden

Sea Kayak Specialist also Surf Skis, Sit on Tops, SUPs & Modular Kayaks

Composite & Polyethylene

$1600/ $2500

Founders Tomas & Richard Ohman - Designers Nigel Foster & Magnus de Brito

Rainbow

France

Riot

France

Sea Kayaks, Tourers, Sit on Tops, White water, surf Boats etc.

Polyethylene some Thermoformed

Norway

Sea Kayak Specialists & Surf Skis

Composite

Tahe Marine

Estonia & France

Sea Kayaks, Touring Kayaks & Sit On Tops

Polyethylene & Composite

Sea Kayak Manufacturers Rest of the World

Manufacturers

Locations

Makers of

Construction

Price

Founder/ Ownership/ Comments

Epic

China

Sea Kayaks plus competitive Sprint/Marathon Kayaks, Surfskis and Rowing Boats

Composite

Distributed world wide

Paddling Perfection

New Zealand

Q Kayaks

Ashhurst, New Zealand

Sea Kayak Specialists plus White Water & Recreational Kayaks

Polyethylene & Composite

Started by Max Grant in the 1970s

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