|Betsie Bay Kayak
P.O. Box 1706
Frankfort, MI 49635
BETSIE BAY KAYAK
History of Kayak Building
BBK remains dedicated to building
the highest quality sophisticated equipment for the serious paddler. BBK started
out in the early 1980s as a hobby. There was no pressure to go into production or
amortize production tooling.
Most kayaks on the market today are one-off designs that went from a single prototype
to a mold to production. BBKs small line of kayak designs is the result of literally
dozens of prototypes. Based on the southwest Greenland hunting kayak proven over
centuries, each model underwent several changes to fine tune its performance. This
was made possible by our unique building system that permitted changes to the hull
shape to be made quickly and inexpensively. Since optimizing our designs, we have
concentrated on continually improving the quality of our construction – better strength-to-weight
ratios, improved rigging, friendlier seating, and more durable finishes.
Our latest innovations in the building process have taken days off our former construction
schedule, making BBK kayaks available to more paddlers than ever before.
BBK circa 1995
allows us to build a stronger, lighter kayak than any other material currently available.
While it is true that some manufacturers may boast slightly lighter weight hulls
using Kevlar, carbon fiber and exotic resins, these boats are fragile compared to
our wood/epoxy construction. We will match any exotic, lightweight composite kayak
on a strength to weight basis. If you are sick of lugging around a kayak that is
nearly half your own weight, or if you are tired of needing help just to get your
kayak on and off your roof rack, we have the solution.
The esthetic appeal of our kayaks is certainly not to be overlooked either. The graceful
symmetry of the Greenland design combined with the beauty of natural wood makes owning
a BBK a special pleasure. Many of our customers ''complain'' that they attract attention
everywhere they go with their BBK kayak, even from non-kayakers commenting on the
beauty of their craft.
After decades of building the best touring kayaks, we are dedicated to remaining
a small specialty shop. We have no plans to sell out to a mega-corporation or cash
in on the beginner market. We take pride in our designs and meticulous craftsmanship.