Johnson Outdoors, parent company of Necky Kayaks, Ocean Kayak, and Old Town, will undergo a rebranding of a familiar model come the 2013 paddling season. The Old Town Cayuga family currently houses the Cayuga 130 and the Cayuga 146 as part of Old Town’s day touring class. The Cayuga Family is known for its stability, efficiency, and reliable performance in a variety of light touring conditions. As part of the Johnson Outdoors product mix, both Old Town and Necky share reminiscent designs and have always been close cousins in the industry.
The 2013 paddling season will witness the phasing out of the Cayuga name when both the 130 and the 146 will be reintroduced within the Necky Manitou product line. In a press release issued by Necky Kayaks, the company introduced two additions to the Manitou Series. The Manitou 130 R (formerly the Cayuga 130) and the Manitou 146 R (formerly the Cayuga 146) will see a minor redesign under the Necky brand but will retain all of its familiar design characteristics. “Melding sea touring hull design with the reassurance of a recreational kayak, the new Manitou 130 R and Manitou 146 R combine the maneuverability and tracking that avid paddlers need with the stability and comfort a newcomer will appreciate,” said Necky.