As Owner/Operators of two separate, award-winning boat tour companies in downtown Providence, Kristin McGinn, Thomas McGinn and Matthew Haynes formed a partnership and established the Providence Kayak Co. in the spring of 2017. With a combined forty-eight years of experience navigating the beautiful waters of the Ocean State, we were confident that we could offer quality watersport rentals in an otherwise untapped urban setting. Our extensive, first-hand knowledge of marine operations, marketing, and customer service has proven to be invaluable in successfully managing and growing the business over the last five seasons.
With three decades of experience as a small business owner, Kristin’s business acumen and exceptional customer service is second to none. As the co-owner of the Providence River Boat Company, the Providence Kayak Company and The Landing Providence, Kristin excels at marketing, organization, and employee management. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and she is continuously striving to improve our customer experience and streamline operations. Kristin proudly certified Providence Kayak as a Minority/Woman Owned Business with the State of Rhode Island in 2021.
Thomas, widely known as “Captain Tom,” offers his extensive experience as a Rhode Island boater and US Coast Guard licensed Master of Vessels. Tom is also the co-owner of The Landing Providence, and the Providence River Boat Company, celebrating its 32nd year in business in 2023. His proficiency in vessel maintenance, USCG regulations and dock operations is immeasurable, and passenger safety while underway is paramount.
Matthew (“Marcello”) rounds out our management team with 22 years of rowing experience, and the current Owner and Head Gondolier at La Gondola Providence, and co-owner of the Providence Kayak Company. In addition to helping manage the daily operations at Providence Kayak, Matthew is our proficient tour guide, offering his extensive knowledge of the historical Providence waterways to our patrons. The long-standing success of La Gondola is a testament to Matt’s easy-going nature and superior interpersonal skills.