History

1971
Jim Henry wins the National Whitewater Open Canoe Championships in a home built canoe he calls the Malecite. Mad River Canoe is born.



Mad River Canoe is Born




1st Kevlar Canoe





Verlen & Steve




Our First Factory




International Arctic Project



Dana Henry sweeps the 2000 Nationals

1985
"You Can Canoe! Days", which offers the chance to test paddle a Mad River Canoe, becomes a nationwide event.

1973
Mad River builds its first Royalex canoe, the Endurall.

1988
Mad River Canoe receives Canoes Magazine's first ever, Manufacturer of the Year Award. Mad River will repeat in 1991 and 1994.

1974
Mad River builds the canoe industry's first Kevlar Canoe.

 

1975
Mad River introduces the Explorer, destined to become its most popular model.

1989
Paddling a Mad River Typhoon, Kay Henry and Rob Center take first place in the 350 mile Arctic Canoe Race in Tornio, Finland.

1977
First Kevlar Explorer spends a winter outdoors in the Arctic after completing the Back River expedition. It remains in active use today.

1992
To highlight the plight of America's river systems, Tom Warren and John Hilton, padding 17' Royalex canoes, retrace Lewis and Clark's 1804 journey from St. Louis, Missouri to Astoria, Oregon.

1980
One hundred Mad River owners participate in the first Mad River Rally, forerunner of "You Can Paddle! Days."

1995
Explorer Will Steger and an international team complete the first single season crossing of the Arctic Ocean by dogsled and canoe. Mad River Canoe designed and built the special canoe sleds which were paddled across open water and dragged over ice floes.

1983
Verlen Kruger and Steve Landick, paddling a Mad River Monarch, complete the Ultimate Canoe Challenge, a 3 year, 28,000 mile odyssey on North American Waterways.

1999
Mad River Canoe, Wilderness Systems, Wave Sport, Windrider and Voyageur all merge to form Confluence Watersports Company.  Together these companies offer the most complete line of paddlesports equipment ever assembled

 

1984
Verlen Kruger and Valerie Fons enter the Guinness Book of Records with a record-breaking trip down the Mississippi in a specially built Mad River Canoe.

First place award from the Society of Plastics for innovative use of Kelvar laminate in the Explorer.

2000
Mad River introduces its R-Series canoes, bringing affordable excellence to a whole new generation of paddlers.


2001

Mad River celebrates its 30th anniversary with the introduction of the Special Edition Malecite, commemorating Jim Henry's first canoe design.

 

Canoe Chronology

1971 Malecite
1972 TW Special (1972-1984)
1973 Compatriot (1973-1985)
Endurall
(1973-1978)
1974 Winooski
1975 Royalex Explorer
Missisquoi
(1975- 2000)
Screamer
(1975-1985)
1976 Kevlar Explorer
1978 Courier (1978-1994)
Kevlar 18' 6" Voyageur
(1978-1994)
Royalex 18' 2" Voyageur
(1978-1983)
1979 Kevlar Northwoods (1979-1984)
Royalex Northwoods
(1979-1983)
1980 Royalex ME (1980-1995)
1981 Fiberglass Explorer
1982 Challenger (1982-1984)
Flashback
(1982-1989)
Monarch
(1982-1995)
1983 Camp Cruiser (1983-1986)
17 Royalex Explorer
(1983-1991)
1984 17'5" Kevlar/Airex Explorer/Voyageur (1984-1994)
Hurricane
(1984-1992),
Slipper
(1984-1995)
Fingerling
(1984-1984)
Kevlar Courier
(1984-1994)
Lamoille
1985 Kevlar ME (1985-1995)
Grand Laker
(1985-1987)
Peter Pond
(1985-1987)
1986 16'4" Kevlar/Airex Explorer
Pearl
(1986-1988)
Tempest
(1986-1989)
Typhoon
(1986-1995)
Traveler
(redesign of the Screamer 1986-1990)
1987 Whistler (1987-1990)
1988 Minstrel (1988-1990)
1989 Fiberglass & Kevlar Hybrid Quest (1989-1992)
Cyclone
(1989-1994)
Twister
(1989-1994)
1990 Royalex Quest (1990-1997)
Flashback II
(1990-1990)
1991 Independence
Sundance
(1991-1993)
Howler
(1991-1995)
Fantasy
(1991-1996)
1992 Freedom
Revelation
Liberty
(1992-1999)
Clearwater
(1992)
1993 Eclipse
Rampage
(1993-1999)
1994 Sunrunner (1994-1997)
1995 Guide
Outrage
1996 Tahoe 14
Synergy
(1996-2000)
Escape Series of folding canoes
(1996-1998)
1997 Tahoe 16
Destiny
1998 Intrigue (1998-2000)
Slipper - Carbonlite 2000
(1998-1999)
1999 Outrage X
Horizon
2000 St. Croix
Teton
Champlain
(2000)
2001 Explorer 15
Horizon 17
Malecite Special Edition

 

 

 

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