|Betsie Bay Kayak
P.O. Box 1706
Frankfort, MI 49635
BETSIE BAY KAYAK
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:
- rowing shells
- small boats
- composite automotive parts in:
- carbon fiber
- core construction including:
- structural foam