Fabricant de Kayak et Canoe portable

The expertise Nautiraid

Our expertise

Our expertise

Having set up in 1982 in Vaiges, Mayenne, Nautiraid took up where Jean Chauveau left off, continuing the business started in 1936. Our long history makes us the oldest French kayak manufacturer still operating.

 

Nautiraid’s expertise combines two trades: carpentry for the frames and dressmaking for the skins. The shipyard, bought in 2006 by Eric and Véronique Flambard, stands out from the competition with the quality of its joinery, the remarkable tension of its skins and the robustness of its boats over time.

Living Heritage Company

Living Heritage Company

In May 2015, Nautiraid was awarded ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’ (Living Heritage Company) status. This status is a system of national recognition set up to identify “French companies with traditional expertise and manufacturers of excellence.” It is awarded to companies with an economic heritage, specifically those comprising rare, renowned or ancestral expertise based on their mastery of traditional techniques and highly technical skills. As part of this, Nautiraid offers workshop tours and organises open days. You can find more information on the Events & Shows page.

 

Nautiraid is proud to join this network of unique companies that have successfully combined tradition and innovation, expertise and design, work and passion, heritage and the future, local and international.

www.patrimoine-vivant.com

Made in France!

Made in France!

By buying a Nautiraid boat, you are supporting a French shipyard with some 15 employees as well as the subcontractors from around France.

 

Nautiraid’s skilled workers - some of whom have been with the company for over 20 years - always have at the front of their minds the high quality demanded by Nautiraid’s standards required for both civilian and military kayaks. This is why the shipyard can provide quality manufacturing, spare part availability, warranties and after-sales service.

Restoration

Restoration

Nautiraid restores several boats every year, so owners can continue paddling their Chauveau and Nautiraid folding kayaks despite breakages and ageing skins.

 

Nautiraid replaces structural parts, repairs hulls, replaces entire skins and keeps a list of owners of older models. The restoration service is only for Chauveau and Nautiraid models. We are unfortunately unable to offer this service for other folding French brands that have stopped trading (Hart, Lapon, etc.).

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