BLUE SKY BEGINNINGS
Setting the goal of overcoming the limitations of more traditional kayaks, the Jackson Kayak product development team recruited old friend Andy Zimmerman, who brought along a cohort from his Wilderness Systems days, including multihull guru Jim Brown, R&D ace Rick Jones, as well as Terry Gilbert, lead engineer in the development of the Flex Drive system. From this collaboration, Blue Sky Boatworks was born. Manufactured by Jackson Kayak, this new boat brand brings the freedom and joy of human-powered craft to the huge market daunted by the challenges of kayaks. Current pedal kayak owners are also very likely to cross over for the higher level of customization, performance and comfort Blue Sky delivers.
Jackson Kayak was founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt. Currently located in Sparta, Tenn., near the Caney Fork River, Jackson Kayak designs, builds, and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing and exploration paddlesports products. With the moto “Build it like it’s your own”, all of their products are Made in the USA in growing support of the local Tennessee economy. Market leaders in both the whitewater and kayak fishing, kayak manufacturing and strong in the exploration sector, Jackson Kayak continues to introduce new product lines each year; recently including a new cooler line, Orion Coolers (www.orioncoolers.com) as well as Blue Sky Boatworks in 2018. Jackson Kayak’s success is largely due to delivering high quality products through paddlesports specialty shops globally; all supported by regional, national and international team members who are engaged to promote the paddling lifestyle.
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