Polynesian technology has arrived in Mendocino!
The evolution of modern-day canoe design is prospering in Mendocino County. Bob Cummings of Secret Harbor Boat Works has been hard at work for more than 30 years building redwood outriggers. Working closely with Catch a Canoe, the Stanford Inn’s outdoor adventure shop, Bob has created several unique variations that all share certain key elements. A foot-operated rudder system allows easy control for both novice and experienced paddlers. The outrigger floats, or the twin hulls of the catamaran, provide a measure of stability not found in other canoes or kayaks. In addition, the narrow, efficient hull and float design reduces the amount of effort typically needed for canoe propulsion.
The Canine Cruiser series was created specifically for people and their pets. A raised padded floor provides a comfortable area for dogs to sit, stand or lie down, while the outrigger floats ensure superior stability.
Other redwood outriggers can accommodate couples or families, and hold between 2 and 8 persons. Safety, ease of control, and the beauty of re-purposed old growth redwood all combine to make a voyage up big river an unforgettable experience.
Dock photo featured in “Outside Magazine” April 2018. Photo by Rick Hemmings.