5 Barrus Rd.
Richmond, N.H., 03470
|Millbrook Boats has been
a source of custom whitewater canoes since 1959. The founder,
John Berry, was highly instrumental in the early stages of decked
canoe and open canoe development. He began offering his canoes for
resale in 1965 as "MAD RIVER CANOE AND KAYAK BY JOHN BERRY". In 1971 he
changed the name to " MILLBROOK BOATS", as Jim Henry had earlier
registered the name "MAD RIVER CANOE". In 1975, Millbrook Boats moved
from the Mill Brook in Waitsfield, VT
to the Hudson River in Riparius, NY. There, John designed his first
open canoes such as the Flasher, the Flashback, the M.E., the AC/DC, etc.
In 1988, John Berry sold the business to John Kazimierczyk, who continues
the Millbrook legacy of innovative light-weight designs, custom made for
today's cutting edge playboater, racer, and for anyone desiring to
paddle a lightweight boat. "Kaz" has been
paddling whitewater since 1976. He learned to roll an open canoe long before he knew it was
invented by someone else. He also holds over 100 1st place National Championship titles in
various paddling disciplines which include slalom, downriver, and
A personal note from the web-co-author:
I've known "Kaz"
for more than 20 years, always marveling at his paddling and his good humor.
He's been National Champion in solo and tandem boats (always his own
designs) more times than I can remember, but you'd never know it from
talking to him. He just loves to paddle! His boats are well made - and the
biggest bargain you'll find anywhere. I should know - I've got four of them!
-- Bob Putnam