New Manitou R Series

Two Additions to the Popular Manitou Series

Old Town, Maine (July 2, 2012)  |  Download in PDF format   

 Necky Kayaks, a name synonymous with innovation and performance, today introduced two additions to its popular Manitou series. Melding sea touring hull design with the reassurance of a recreational kayak, the new Manitou 130 R and Manitou 146 R combine the maneuverability and tracking that avid paddlers need with the stability and comfort a newcomer will appreciate.

“The Manitou series has been incredibly popular with consumers since the first one hit the water in 2002 and we expect the new 130 R and 146 R kayaks to continue to deliver on the promise of the Necky brand,” said Sara Knies, Necky Kayaks Marketing Director. “Our commitment to streamlined, elegant and purpose-built boats remains at the core of our beliefs and we feel that these new Manitous hit a sweet spot in the marketplace.”

A popular and time-tested series, Manitou kayaks have amazingly quiet glide. They are at home on a calm lake, or rough coastline and the addition of the 130 R and 146 R models creates a well-rounded collection that includes recreational kayaks, day-trippers, touring kayaks and tandem boats.

Details on the newest additions to the Manitou family below:

Manitou 130 R
A compact, stable hull design combined with an integral keel makes the Manitou 130 R an extremely versatile kayak. With bow and stern Quick Seal hatches and the ability to add a rudder, the Manitou 130 R is perfect for beginners who don’t want to outgrow their kayak anytime soon, yet its performance features will be appreciated by experienced paddlers as well. The 130 R’s tracking is good and maneuverability is excellent, while its high volume bow offers generous storage and affords a drier ride in rough water. The intuitive and easy-to-reach Support Track Foot Brace System completes the package adding grip, control and comfort to the kayak.

Features include:

  • NEW Support Track Foot Brace System
  • Ergonomic four way adjustable ACS (Active Comfort System) Seat
  • Foam thigh pads
  • Bow and stern Quick Seal hatches with Cross Lock™ buckle system and bulkheads
  • Deck bungee for on-deck storage
  • Reflective safety perimeter line
  • Optional rudder system


Specs include:
        Length: 13’ 1”; Width: 25”; Weight: 49 lbs; MSRP: $ 1,029.

Manitou 146 R
The Manitou 146 R is a stable, quiet and deceptively efficient kayak. The initial stability is high allowing for beginning and intermediate paddlers to paddle with confidence. An innovative hull design and an integral keel help make this boat excel at both nimble maneuvering and sustained tracking, even in windy conditions. Its high volume bow offers generous storage and affords a drier ride in rough water. The Manitou 146 R features Quick Seal hatches and the ability to add a rudder. The intuitive and easy-to-reach Support Track Foot Brace System completes the package adding comfort, stability and that “one with the boat” feeling that Necky is known for. 

Features include:

  • NEW Support Track Foot Brace System
  • Ergonomic four way adjustable ACS (Active Comfort System) Seat
  • Comfort Fit™ adjustable thigh braces
  • Bow and stern Quick Seal hatches with Cross Lock™ buckle system and bulkheads
  • Small round hatch with easy-to-reach access while seated
  • Angled cockpit rim for map viewing
  • Deck bungee for on-deck storage
  • Reflective safety perimeter line
  • Optional rudder system


Specs include:
        Length: 14’ 6”; Width: 24.5”; Weight: 54 lbs; MSRP: $ 1,299 (pending)

Necky 130 R and 146 R kayaks will be available beginning in August 2012 through authorized Necky dealers. For more information on Necky’s family of kayaks please visit us at www.neckykayaks.com, http://www.facebook.com/NeckyKayaks or http://www.youtube.com/neckykayaks

Necky® kayaks is part of the Johnson Outdoors family of innovative, market-leading brands. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of top-quality products for the global marketplace across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Equipment. Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Ocean Kayak™, Necky® kayaks, Old Town® canoes and kayaks, Extrasport®, Carlisle® Paddle Gear, Minn Kota® motors, Cannon® downriggers, Humminbird® fish finders, SCUBAPRO® dive equipment, and Eureka!® tents. Visit Johnson Outdoors online at www.johnsonoutdoors.com.

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