Carefully Curated & Tested for Performance

  • Calie Ramisch lives in a Yurt of her construction, on land next to a river north of Portland. She is a landscaper on a full-time basis.
  • Joe Gugliemetti set the record for traversing the entire coast of Maine solo in a Kayak in under five days (this was done this year, 2020). He is available to speak on his adventure.
  • Erin has a new addition to her family, another son.
  • Kelly Foote having retired after a decade in the Marines, is a boat finisher and restorer extraordinary! We let him do ours. You should inquire if you need work.
  • Harley Lewin is a reformed lawyer. He has paddled the entire Maine Island Trail solo, only coming in for freshwater. He did this for several summers and have saved not only his charts but also his knowledge. Folks come in all the time to ask about places to paddle. He, along with other team members, are all Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides. Because of Maine’s outdoor activities focus, Maine is one of the few states to carefully regulate and license its guides, whether for sea kayaking, rivers, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. Registration means something here and is taken very seriously. We are a member of Southern Maine Sea Kayakers and other similar organizations.
  • Lewin does not lead tours, and we do not do the 2/4/6 hour tours as a business. We recommend folks contact other local businesses. We do arrange to place folks with guides who take out longer, more adventurous folks.
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Our Mission

We aim to bring cutting edge, high-performance sea kayaks to wonderful people. Our kayaks and gear are carefully curated and tested for performance, durability, value, and aesthetics. Plus, they are competitively priced! We want to fit the right boat to each individual customer, so we encourage trying them on and trying them out. The same is true with all our gear. We strive to differentiate our inventory from the cookie-cutter boats and gear sold by big box stores, and constantly solicit feedback and direction from our team of experts as well as paddlers near and far.

Our Place

Our new boats are on the walls in both the front and back rooms of the Shop. ALL are available to demo on request or for sale off the wall. We are also a showroom for the newest in hardcore gear technologies, including tuiliqs – an Inuit garment over 1,000 years old but now updated with environmentally sensitive fabrics that wear well, are priced right and are made to order.

We show slightly used boats for sale in the Chart Room at the back of the Shop. We also encourage the room as a place to hang out, use the internet, and plan trips (we have maps from all of our adventures available to use in-house, along with our own knowledge), as well as for groups that need space to learn. We do not charge for the use of the Chart Room, provided the use relates to adventure and/or outdoor water sport.

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About Our Team

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Harley Lewin

Owner and founder of Nanuq Kayaks. Tries to kayak more and worry less.
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Cheri Perry & Turner Wilson

Greenland rolling champions. Partners in Kayak Ways and in life.
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David McPherson

Founder of Sea Kayak, Connecticut. ACA L4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, L2 ACA SUP instructor, and BCU 3-star paddler.
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Calie Ramisch

Sea kayaker and yogi. Ask her about paddling in Alaska and Patagonia.
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Joe Guglielmetti

Maine guide, ACA-certified open water sea kayak instructor, returned Peace Corps volunteer (Zambia 07-09), and social worker. Joe enjoys bringing people into the marine environment, and he calls the sea his therapist. He is the treasurer of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors.
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Erin Quigley

Sea kayak guide and instructor, principal at Kingfisher Conservation & Recreation, and co-founder of Portland Paddle. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring land and water, eating ice cream, and adventuring with her son.
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Kelly Foote; specializing in kayak and boat repair, working in gelcoat, fiberglass, carbon/Kevlar, wood; painting, waxing; Kelly joins us after a decade in the US Marines and extensive training in marine engineering (electrics, mechanical, plumbing; composite construction/repair) boat design; training at Landing School in Marine Industry Technology; contact us at the shop if you have a kayak or other boat needing repair and/or refinishing by hand and using advanced software; the Real Deal.

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