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About Long Haul Folding Kayaks

Where Craftsmanship Meets Performance 


Mark Eckhart -- Master Boat Builder, Founder, and Owner

Mark Eckhart founded Long Haul Folding Kayaks more than 15 years ago with an idea and a dream to make folding kayaks with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and an attention to detail that is unmatched in the industry.

Mark spent years repairing folding kayaks for some of the top brands when he realized he could create better designs that would merge functionality, performance, and superior craftsmanship. The result was Long Haul Folding Kayaks that confidently take paddlers into the most uncertain waters and last decades and can be handed down from generation to generation. 

Every kayak and canoe is handmade right on site, in Cedaredge, Colorado. 

Let us build you a handmade folding kayak and become part of our Long Haul family.



Our Products

Folding kayaks have more than 100 years of history, and Long Haul Folding Kayaks is proud to be part of it. Long Haul Folding Kayaks are sturdy, load bearing, stable watercraft that pack down to fit into highly portable marine-grade bags that can be transported easily inside trailers and vehicles

While many kayaks and canoes are mass produced with basic materials such as aluminum, plastic, and vinyl, Long Haul products are handcrafted with high-quality materials including Ash and Birch wooden frames, CSM rubber hulls, vinyl-coated acrylic deck fabric, stainless steel and aluminum fittings, and fiberglass rods. Each boat is personally produced by Master Boat Builder Mark Eckhart who ensures each step in the production process meets Long Haul's rigid quality standards. 


Our Mission

At Long Haul Folding Kayaks, our greatest mission is to create an avenue to reconnect people with nature. We want to provide a safe and reliable way of reaching the most remote locations in the world. Our Team spares no expense to ensure we constantly strive for excellence in achieving this mission. Adventure awaits, and Long Haul Kayaks is providing the vessel. Start your expedition today.