Necky History

American Ingenuity Meets British Tradition

Spurred by a desire to improve upon traditional British kayak designs, Necky introduced our first kayak in the mid-1970s. The aim was to create a stable, roomy, comfortable vessel that the average paddler could take out on the ocean. We did so by adapting a high-volume whitewater design, adding more length and width and a larger cockpit.

It was the first of many competitive fiberglass kayaks we would make in the 1970s. By the 1980s we had added composite touring kayaks and also introduced the first polymer model. Less expensive than fiberglass designs, it also had the advantage of being virtually indestructible.

The 1990s saw a Necky-led revolution in whitewater kayaking, launched by our introduction of a flat planing hull with very hard chines, which allowed for maximum responsiveness in extreme environments.

Today, the innovations are still coming. Seats that provide maximum control without sacrificing comfort. Advanced materials that are significantly stronger, stiffer and lighter than anything else on the market. Necky continues to advance the art of kayaking. 


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