Demos

Maine Island Kayak offers On-the-Water Demos

BY APPOINTMENT

Maine Island Kayak Co’s Demo Program offers paddlers the opportunity to try a choice of sea kayaks on the water from our base on Peaks Island. This is a real-world experience. You will have a chance to sit in a variety of boats appropriate for your size and paddling style, and to feel the differences in fit and hull performance on the water. MIKCo has the largest demo fleet of Nigel Dennis Kayaks in North America. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

NDKs lined up on Kayak Beach

Read Tom's comprehensive article:

Thoughts on Fitting, Demoing and Choosing a Sea Kayak

NEW! MIKCo's Demo-Class

Take a private sea kayaking instructional while test paddling our Demo Fleet of Nigel Dennis Kayaks.

Fine tuning your own paddling can dramatically increase your understanding of sea kayaks and how they perform. Our Demo-Classes are designed to improve your sea kayaking skills and awareness, expand your comfort zone, and give you practical exercises to continue working on.

Demo-Classes are typically half-days; mornings usually offer the most benign conditions. You'll learn about the importance of kayak fit, and how it relates to performance, as you try different kayak models. We'll assess the day's weather and sea conditions before heading out on the water. On the water, we'll explore a variety of sea conditions (proximity to tidal currents, rocks, breaking waves, etc. - depending on your comfort level and interest) employing your existing skills and introducing new ones, as appropriate. You'll come away with suggestions and exercises to bring your paddling to the next level, as well as an appreciation of how our Nigel Dennis Kayaks handle in conditions.

While we're always happy to sell you the proper kayak, we also feel that the money you spend on YOU - and improving your personal paddling skills - is money well spent.

Contact Tom or Liz to arrange a Demo-Class. Cost is $125 for half-day.

NDK Echo and Pilgrim LV

The new NDK Echo alongside the NDK Pilgrim. Although similar, these two boats have noticeable differences in fit and performance that you can feel when you paddle them.

FIT, FORM, FUNCTION, FEEL & FUN

One of our trained instructors will inform and guide your demo experience. We will educate you about our Fit, Form, Function, Feel, Fun method of analyzing an appropriate boat for your needs, physique, and abilities. These are educational, practical, helpful sessions that require a firm commitment of time and energy on your and our part.

MIKCo's Demo Fleet of Nigel Dennis Kayaks
  • Romany Classic
  • Romany Surf
  • Romany Excel
  • Romany Excel Expedition
  • Romany Sport (Formerly Romany Surf RM)
  • Romany Sportive
  • Explorer
  • Explorer HV
  • Explorer LV
  • Echo
  • Pilgrim
  • Pilgrim Expedition Long
  • Latitude
  • Quantum
  • Triton II Double
Demo NDKs

Paddlers are responsible for themselves while on the water.  You will be asked to sign MIKCo's Waiver & Release prior to your demo and be physically able to engage in paddling in Maine’s cooler waters and realistic conditions. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.


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