Merrimack Canoe Company

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The Merrimack Canoe Company is a maker of handcrafted canoes in Crossville, Tennessee. The family business was started in Merrimack, New Hampshire in 1954.

Merrimack is one of a dwindling numbers of handmade canoe manufacturers in the United States.[1] Styles of canoe produced by Merrimack have included Ospreys, Souhegans Prospectors, Baboosics, Travelers and Tennesseans.[1][2] The company is known for its "brightly hued boats" that have been acclaimed as classics. [3][4]

In 2011 Merrimack canoes were noted in the 2011 issue of Forbes (magazine)'s winter "Life" issue and Town & Country (magazine)'s December issue. The company was also identified in Garden & Gun magazine as a "runner up for the best built product in the South". The workmanship was described as "a balance between technology and tradition" and uses a reinforced carbon-fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass hull with wooden ribs made from Tennessee cherry trees. The seats are hand-laced and brass hardware is used, resulting in a "beautiful yet durable boat."[5]


  1. ^ a b Small canoe crafters drift away Austin American-Statesman - Nov 26, 1999
  2. ^ Maine Sunday Telegram : CAUGHT IN THE CURRENT Portland Press Herald - Nov 21, 1999
  3. ^ CAUGHT IN THE CURRENT / Canoes are dreamers' boats. Now the dream of the family behind the Merrimack Canoe Co. is coming to an end Author: Phil McCombs. THE WASHINGTON POST Date: Nov 16, 1999 Start Page: B.06 Section: PART II Text Word Count: 2120
  4. ^ Newsday - Nov 16, 1999
  5. ^ Made in the South Awards 2011 Haskell Harris, Elizabeth Hutchison, T. Edward Nickens | Dec 2011/Jan 2012 | Southern Style Made in the South Awards 2011

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