| Rob and Amy Scharges had a vision of reviving the art of canoe building in Vermont's Mad River Valley, former home of Mad River Canoe where Rob had been a regional sales representative. In a barn just 150 yards from the Mad River, the couple established Vermont Canoe & Kayak in 2003, enlisting veteran canoe craftsmen Greg Wagner and Jacob White-Rogers to oversee production. The first model, the 16-foot Encore, hit the icy waters of the Mad in March 2004. Vermont Canoe has introduced two new models for 2006, the Tupper, an Adirondack-style pack boat, and the Sokoki, a beamy sport canoe designed by Jim Henry.|
This 14 foot tandem, 39 inches wide at the gunwales, has the stability and the volume that hunters, fishermen, and photographers look for in a canoe. The Sokoki paddles easily and swiftly. Its symmetrical shallow vee hull provides excellent primary and secondary stability, reassuring to inexperienced paddlers or anyone who paddles with kids and/or dogs. Offering a large measure of security, the beamy Sokoki is the perfect day boat for that place on the lake.