All our gear at Nanuq is put through the most rigorous testing ~ ours.

We use what we sell and stand by our products. We think the gear we carry is the best available anywhere.

Greenland Paddles – One and Two Piece

Custom built GREENLAND Paddles are as functional as they are beautiful. These laminated Greenland paddles are meticulously crafted of striking woods, and are available in 1-piece and 2-piece designs. Our selection is always changing, as these paddles are all handmade and one-of-a-kind.

All our paddles are built by Joe O’Blenis a master paddle maker in Canada and made to our order. Joe has built over 1000 paddles and has over 40 years paddling experience including setting the speed record for circumnavigating Vancouver by sea kayak. The two piece have a carbon fiber ferrel but are otherwise identical to the one piece. Pricing runs $275 for one pieces, $375 for two piece. You can buy from our inventory or we can make made-to-measure.

Euro-Blade Paddles

We source a variety of Euro-blade paddles depending need of the customer.  Everything from a sea touring narrow blade to a high grab full blade to a wing shaped blade for speed can be ordered specifically priced and sized for the individual customer.  Because of the wide variety we offer we do not keep inventory on hand.  This may change.  Pricing; Variable. 

Reed Chillcheater

Comfort in Demanding Environments

Come check out Nanuq's selection of Reed apparel:

We do not carry neoprene for environmental reasons. Reed products are largely made of a proprietary product “Aquatherm” which is thinner, water proof, rain proof, breathes, extremely flexible and, per Reed, far more abrasion resistant than neo.
  • Drysuits
  • Dry Tops (Cags)
  • Beenies
  • Hoods
  • Spray Skirts
  • Tuiliqs: sized for single cockpit and convertable
  • Pogies: short and long, two colors
  • Spot disks, for fixes on the go


Nanuq is an authorized dealer for Kokatat. Located in Arcata, California, Kokatat produces the finest clothing for the worst weather. Come by the shop to try on our sample drysuits, and get fitted for one of your own.


Maine weather can be deceiving when you’re heading out on the water. The air temperature might be warm, but the ocean temperatures here in Casco Bay take much longer to moderate, remaining cold into June. When you’re wet, you lose heat 25 times faster than when you’re dry.

Average water temperatures here in Portland, Maine are:


NRS, an American manufacturer of a wide range of products designed and tested under extreme river and ocean conditions is our primary supplier for  a wide range of kayak specific products as well as general boating products, such as paddle Carabiners, tie-down straps, pumps, paddle floats, nose plugs sponges, etc.  Our gear is for the most part that which is appropriate to use with the boats we sell. Variation is huge. Call or stop in. 


Malone, a local Maine company with a worldwide reputation is our supplier for kayak roof racks, carriers, wall racks, trailers including their low profile wing design, with the ‘Stinger’ a device for sliding your kayak up on to the racks that avoids beating the hell out of the back of your car while at the same time being low profile virtually disappearing when not being used.

Average water temperatures here in Portland, Maine are:

January 34ºF

April 1-15 39ºF; April 16-30 41ºF

July 61ºF

October 52ºF

February 33ºF

May 1-15 47ºF; May 16-31 51ºF

August 62ºF

November 47ºF

March 37ºF

June 56ºF

September 59ºF

December 39ºF