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Ian MacRae:
Proprietor, Owner and 23-year Paddlesport Pro

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing about in boats.”

-Spoken by Water Rat
from THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, by Kenneth Grahame

Truer words were never spoken. Try as I might, I cannot say it better.


 About Us About Our Website

Here, along the waters of the Internet's "Quiet Corner" you are cordially invited to drop in and share some cider and time with the most experienced and friendliest Water Rat in these parts.

We share decades of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. We promote good times, friendship and experiences.

A wee bit o' Ciderspace lost in a whole lot of Cyberspace.

About Us

Ian MacRae has participated in the paddlesport industry for more than 23 years. In addition to a degree in Recreation Management from the University of Montana, his experience includes extended backcountry treks with high school students as a Maine Guide.

His involvement in design and manufacturing has created a complete understanding of techniques and materials used in boat construction.

Ian's paddling experience began at the fearless age of seven in New England, and continued throughout his life from coast to coast.

When adventuring-out, best quality and best price deserve equal consideration. So, include CIDER RIDES in your decision making experience.

"We want only Happy Paddlers."
-- Ian MacRae

About our website:

CIDER RIDES' website is all-natural, mostly, and made from the following ingredients (all accessible from the Northeast corner of each page):

  • Home page. Here you can learn about the website and CIDER RIDES -- who we are, what we do and why we're doin' it.

  • Our Products & Services section tells you all about the canoes, kayaks and other stuff.

  • "Messing About in Boats" is just that. It's what we do. These pages present a lot of information about canoes, kayaks and other wee craft. Tips and advise. What to do and where you can do it.

  • Diversion & Adventures: Stuff that interests us and might interest you. Upcoming events and excursions. Stories and tall tales. All around neat stuff.

  • And Image Gallery has some of our favorite photos.

Have fun. Wander around. Drift & Dream. Sit back and relax. Check out the links above for tips, info and maybe even a few good times. Things change around here with the weather, so keep checking back. You just never know....

If you want to see a larger version of most pictures, just click on 'em. Almost all images are hotlinked to somewhere.

Remember, if you get lost just click on the compass rose in the Northeast corner for a site map.

And try to cut Olde Mr. Mole some slack -- it may take him a while to get all this HTML stuff together. Be patient. Spring is always here. The river's rising. Birds and squirrels are sputtering around. And slowly, Mr. Mole dehibernates ....

Be sure and watch this Ciderspace.
Mr. Mole and I occasionally post news and other interesting stuff.

- Ian


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