Betsie Bay Kayak

Betsie Bay Kayak
P.O. Box 1706
Frankfort, MI  49635
Phone: 231-352-7774
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Modern High Performance Wood/Epoxy/Glass
Kayaks from Ancient Inuit Design


Betsie Bay Kayak has been building high-performance Greenland-design sea kayaks since 1984. The hard-chine, V-bottom design provides excellent tracking and edged turns while maintaining good speed and stability. Our design refinements go far beyond replica Greenland kayaks to create neutral handling characteristics and advanced safety features.

Our current wood/epoxy/fiberglass composite allows us to build kayaks as lightweight as kevlar or carbon composites (lighter than plywood kits or DIYs), but tougher because of their structural core construction. While this process is more labor intensive than cloth/resin construction, the strength and beauty of the finished product is worth it. Our finishes are the best catalyzed acrylic/urethane products available and our kayaks require no more maintenance than fiberglass, kevlar, or carbon composites.

Whether you choose a BBK kayak for its performance, light weight, or beauty, you get all three without sacrificing the others.

Our Greenland design paddles are a wood/epoxy/carbon fiber composite that combines the feel and esthetics of wood paddles with the durability of modern materials.

BBK has been commercially manufacturing Greenland paddles longer than anyone in the U.S. Because we are not constrained to the limited materials used in ancient Inuit paddles, we can design a touring paddle that is more user-friendly than one whittled from a 2" x 4".

Composite Repair and Fabrication

Over the years, we have gained considerable experience in repairing and restoring almost every type of composite structure available. BBK has become the go-to place in West Michigan for repair and modification of:

  • canoes
  • kayaks
  • rowing shells
  • SUPs
  • surfskis
  • small boats
  • composite automotive parts in:

    • fiberlgass
    • carbon fiber
    • kevlar
    • hybrids

  • core construction including:
    • wood
    • structural foam
    • coremat
    • honeycombs

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