Sanborn Canoe Co. has been handcrafting beautiful wooden canoe paddles for six years now. Finally they’ll be making canoes to pair with them. But instead of creating their own line, Sanborn has instead took the interesting approach of preserving a classic heritage brand and bringing it into the fold. Merrimack has been crafting canoes for over 53 years, first in Merrimack, New Hampshire, then Crossville, Tennessee and, most recently, Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Sanborn is seeking to preserve this historic brand and move its workshop to Winona, Minnesota. But in order to do that, they need to raise some capital, hence the current Kickstarter.
Merrimack canoes are special because they combine modern fiberglass hulls with wooden ribs on the inside for reinforcement. These wooden ribs, besides giving the canoe a traditional look on the inside, also provide the right stiffness while weighing less than fiberglass. It’s form and function together. And with Sanborn now in the fold, I can only imagine how beautiful the final designs of these canoes will be.
The Kickstarter runs through June 30, and while it has already met its goal, it’s still a good opportunity to snag a t-shirt, a canoe paddle or an actual canoe at a discounted price.