Make an Informed Decision and
Try Before You Buy
We want you to find the boat that fits and meets your paddling needs. We take great pride in helping you select the kayak or canoe that is just right for you. We are firm believers that you must paddle a craft before you buy it. We offer several demo programs to help with your selection or to just figure out if the sport is something for you.
Throughout the paddling season the River Connection offers Try Before You Buy Kayak Demo Days. Come join the River Connection Instructors and try out a variety of kayaks, canoes and SUP from manufacturers such as P&H, North Shore Kayaks, Valley Sea Kayaks, Lincoln Kayaks, Venture Kayaks, Feel Free Kayaks. We have a large fleet and have a fleet boat for virtually every model we carry in our retail showroom.
Maybe you are looking for a Paddle? No worries, we have a superior selection and variety of Werner, Mitchell and Saltwood paddles that you demo during these events. Find the proper paddle fit and blade type for your paddling style.
We have our own Boathouse on the Hudson River, with a harbor so it is as simple as calling to reserve a space to learn what makes the right kayak, canoe, SUP or paddle choice for you.
We also offer a private Test Paddle Program for individuals, couples or families. Scheduling a Test Paddle is a great alternative if you are interested in a more private consultation. Prior to the Test Paddle, we help you select up to three kayaks based on fit and your specific paddling needs. We then take these selections and try them out, yup, we actually mean getting the boat wet. One of our instructors will accompany you and teach you some tricks along the way. Please call us at 845.229.0595 to learn more about the River Connection Test Paddle Program.
* Cost Per Person
KAYAK and CANOE DEMO FLEET
|Manufacturer||Model||Length||Material of Construction||Color||Options|
|Impex Kayaks||Assateague||17 ft 10 in||Fiberglass||White Deck / White Hull / Design #3||skeg|
|Impex Kayaks||Assateague||17 ft 10 in||Infused Kevlar||Yellow Deck / Yellow Hull / Design #3||skeg|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Cetus HV||17 ft 10 in||Carbon Kevlar||Yellow Deck / Dk Blue Deck Logo and Seam / White Hull||skeg (standard) / kevlar keel strip|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Cetus LV||17 ft 5 in||Carbon Kevlar||Lt Green Deck / Light Gray Seam / White Hull||skeg (standard) / kevlar keel strip|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Cetus MV||17 ft 9 in||Fiberglass||Red Deck / Black Seam / White Hull||skeg (standard)|
|Lincoln||Chebeague||14 ft||Carbon||Lime Deck / White Seam / White Hull||skeg|
|Venture Kayaks||Islay 12||12 ft 7in||Poly||Orange||skeg|
|Venture Kayaks||Islay 12||12ft 7in||Poly||Yellow||skeg|
|Venture Kayaks||Islay 14||14 ft||Poly||Yellow||skeg|
|Lincoln Kayaks||Isle Au Haut||17ft 2in||Kevlar||Red Deck / White Seam/ White Hull||skeg (standard)|
|Feel Free Kayaks||Lure 11.5||11ft 6in||Poly||Blue Camo||wheel in the keel (standard)|
|Impex Kayaks||Mystic||14 ft||Fiberglass||White Deck / Yellow Seam / White Hull||skeg|
|Impex Kayaks||Mystic||14 ft||Fiberglass||Orange Bow / White Aft / Design #1||skeg|
|Impex Kayaks||Mystic||14 ft||Infused Kevlar||Lt Blue Bow / White Aft / Design #1||skeg|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Scorpio HV||17ft 7in||Corelite X||Yellow||skeg (standard)|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Scorpio HV||17ft 7in||Corelite X||Orange||skeg (standard)|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Scorpio LV||16 ft 7 in||Corelite X||Yellow||skeg|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Scorpio LV||17ft 3in||Corelite X||Yellow||skeg (standard)|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Scorpio MV||17 ft 3 in||Corelite X||Orange||skeg (standard)|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Scorpio MV||17 ft 3in||Corelite X||Yellow||skeg (standard)|
|P&H Sea Kayaks||Scorpio MV||17ft 3 in||Corelite X||Yellow||skeg (standard)|
Please call our showroom at 845.229.0595 if you do not see a specific model, we may have that model available for test paddle and it is just not showing up on this list yet.
Learning to kayak safely, effectively and efficiently is best done with the help of a qualified instructor. The lead instructors for River Connection Kayak Instructional Courses are American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors.
Skills development courses are worth months of just paddling around. After your course, get out and practice your strokes. If you are interested in sightseeing and going places, consider one of our guided Kayak Tours.
We put together a FAQ for our guided tours and instructional programs that answers most of the common questions we receive about these programs. If you need additional information or make a reservation, please Call our showroom at 845.229.0595.