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EZ Launch Kayak and Canoe
EZ Dock now provides a stable and durable system for boarding and exiting kayaks. Designed to be especially valuable for seniors or anyone that could benefit in assistance for launching or recovering from kayak or canoe activities – the system provides a dry and safe platform.
The EZ Launch™ – Kayak and Canoe system is modular and can be configured to match any dock configuration you require. Since it is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, the dock can remain in the water year round since ice has no affect on the dock structure, it simply “pops” to the top as an ice cube tray since it only requires 1.5” of water to float.
The EZ Launch™ is universally accessible to all people of all abilities and is available for special need situations.
See the EZ Dock Kayak Rack as well, another exciting accessory which allows you to store up to four kayaks on one rack and the dock system can support any number of kayaks.
EZ Launch™ – Kayak & Canoe Video
Special Needs EZ Launch™
EZ Launch™ for Kayaks & Canoes and Special Needs EZ Launch™
The EZ Launch™ for Kayaks and Canoes was the first port system built specifically for paddlers. It's so simple and safe to use that everyone will find boarding, launching and recovery a breeze. The rollers and guide rails make it easy to “glide” on and off. It can even be configured for universal accessibility that exceeds the requirements of the ADA by adding the Transfer Station accessory.
EZ Launch™ is a floating system that adjusts to changing water levels. It provides ample “foot space” on both sides and in the front to allow for optimum access and stability. Simply put, EZ Launch™ provides unparalleled ease and safe access for all paddlers of all abilities, along with their gear and their vessels, when launching and docking.
For more information on the EZ Launch™ and the accessible launch station please click here to view the Product Announcement bulletin and its many configurations.
Video documentary of the Development of the EZ Launch™ for Kayaks & Canoes and EZ Launch™ Accessible Transfer System
Cindy Burkhour of the Access to Recreation Initiative along with a citizen's advisory committee explains how the prototype was developed over a two year period.
Cindy also discusses two other products, a ramp and special universally accessible kayak that make kayaking a sport that is accessible to people of all abilities.
Still pictures of EZ Launch™ in Action
Pictures of EZ Launch™ Installations
The EZ Launch Wins the NMMA Award for Innovation
The National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Awards were designed to honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring to market new and innovative products to advance the boating industry.
These awards are presented in various categories at 3 events, including MAATS, the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in July, IBEX, the International Boat Builders' Exposition & Conference in October, and the Miami International Boat Show in February.
Excerpt from NMMA press release…
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Ten Products Honored For Innovation at 2010 Miami International Boat Show
MIAMI BEACH, February 11, 2010 – Ten marine manufacturers were honored today for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami. Winning companies received their 2010 Innovation Awards during NMMA;s Industry Update and Innovation Awards Presentation, held this afternoon at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize products that best meet the following criteria: Innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.
“We had an outstanding group of entries this year with a total of 50 products entered in 10 categories – a 20 percent increase over last year's entrants,” says Zuzana Prochazka, Miami Innovation Awards chair, member of the BWI Board of Directors and technical editor for Latitudes & Attitudes magazine. “The judges were impressed with the products submitted and were able to recognize winners in most categories, including an Environmental Award and two Honorable Mentions.”
Innovation Awards were presented today to the following companies in these categories:
Consumer Installed Docking and Fendering Equipment Company: EZ Dock / Product: EZ Launch™
EZ Launch™ provides ease of entry and exit, as well as allowing quick launch and recovery for kayaks and canoes. Swanson noted, “The EZ Launch™ opens up paddle sports to a wider range of people including older and mobility-limited boaters.”
About NMMA: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nmma.org