Enter: The Phoenix Match II kayak

One month after the Camp Kum-ba-yah race I found myself on vacation, visiting family in Erie, PA.

I checked out the local kayak rental places to see how much it would cost to rent a kayak for the week, and quickly realized it was very expensive.

So off to Craigslist I went.

In a cosmic event of unbelievable timing, I found an ad for a downriver racing kayak for sale.

I went to see it and shortly thereafter it was mine.

I didn’t know exactly what it was, but I could tell it was a very fast design and it looked like it was constructed of fiberglass.

It turned out to be a Phoenix Match II downriver racing kayak constructed of fiberglass and Nylon and one of the best investments I ever made.

After I realized what I had, I decided to restore her to the level she deserved.



  1. I used Rust-Oleum Marine Topside paint and it has held up great over the years. I think I chose the color Sundown Buff. My kids call the boat The Creamsicle and a paddling buddy calls it Penis Pink, so you might want to choose your color more wisely.


  2. Hey Dave, I recently bought one of these and have been restoring it. Was wondering what kind of paint you used. Have been looking at marine boat bottom antifouling paint, but didn’t know if you had used something more inexpensive.


  3. Good Morning Dennis, I have a Phoenix II kayak for sale. Let me know if your interested. I live upstate NY. Thanks, Paul


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