New packable kayak raises over $100k in crowdfunding since Thursday
*** Members of the media interested in interviewing a representative from Pakayak on this topic are encouraged to contact James Judge at 813.279.8335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.***
HIGGANUM, Conn. – On Thursday, Pakayak, the maker of the ultimate packable performance kayak, launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. By Monday, Pakayak had raised over $100,000 of their $427,325 goal and been listed by Kickstarter as a “Project We Love.”
The company has designed and successfully prototyped their first product, the Bluefin 14, a hard-shell 14-foot touring kayak that can be broken down and nested within itself to a size of only three and a half feet. The model’s interconnecting segmented design allows for effortless storage and travel for kayaking enthusiasts.
Pakayak is relying on crowdfunding support to bring its flagship product to market and needs to raise a total of $427,325 by July 26 to meet their goal.
Creating Pakayak has been a labor of love for the small team who have been working on the project since 2011.
“We are excited and extremely grateful for the support we have received since launching our Kickstarter campaign,” said Doug Mackro, co-founder and CEO of Pakayak. “We wanted to build a rigid boat that was portable, light and easy to store, yet long, sleek, and fast, making its performance indistinguishable from traditional, high-end kayaks. With the support of our backers we can make this happen.”
The Pakayak Bluefin 14 is composed of six interconnecting sections weighing in at a total of 55 pounds and according to its creators, can be assembled in less than five minutes. In addition to its enhanced portability the Bluefin boasts a full list of features including, two watertight hatches, watertight bulkheads fore and aft, a padded folding seat, adjustable foot braces, reflective safety lines, bungee deck rigging, front and rear carry handles, is rudder-ready and packs into their custom-made wheeled backpack bag.
Additionally, Pakayak is fully dedicated to ecological operation and a portion of their revenue will go to programs to help sustain the world’s marine ecosystems. All manufacturing, assembly and distribution occur at one facility to minimize carbon emission and the company uses minimalistic recycled shipping materials to reduce waste.
Officially founded in 2016 and headquartered in Higganum, Connecticut, Pakayak was born out of the desire for a packable performance kayak. The design uses a system of interconnecting sections, which allows for Pakayak’s full-scale kayaks to nest within themselves for effortless storage and travel when not in use. Pakayak hulls are constructed from high-grade resin, specifically formulated for the kayak industry and utilize a system of patented clamps and seals to create a watertight and rigid performance kayak.