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    Family and Recreational Open Canoes
    Touring Open Canoes
    White Water Specialist Open Canoes
    Solo Touring and Recreational Canoes
    Open Canoe Parts and Accessories
    Open Canoe Paddles

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Family and Recreational Open Canoes
Open Canoes in this section cover a wide variety of uses. Ideal for everything from family days out on lakes and canals, fishing from and trips on rivers with moderate white water. They are alos the choice of groups and outdoor centres due to their user friendly nature and stability. The majoity will be made from a polyethylene layer construction that is extremely tough and the cheaper of the 2 constructions. Some canoes in this section will be made from Royalex, a thermo formed sandwich construction that gives a very stiff and lightweight hull. These tend to be more expensive than the pokyethylene canoes.

Canoes in this section are usually in the low to mid price range.

For help in choosing the right canoe please see our article "How to choose an Open Canoe" from the articles link on the home page.

Touring Open Canoes
Canoes in this section are designed with journeying and tripping in mind. They tend to have a larger carrying capacity for kit and people and more efficient to paddle. Some of the canoes in this section will also appear in the family and recreational section due to their versatility. You will also find many tandem vanoes here that are well suited to solo paddling as well on a variety of water types.

The majority of tripping, touring or expedition canoes will be made of Royalex, a lightweight thermo formed sandwich construction material. These tend to be more expensive than the polyethylene boats but the main advantage is they are ligher for handling both on and off the water.

Rotomoulded Polyethylene Canoes are slightly heavier than Royalex models, are usually cheaper and are recommended when durability is a major factor such as for outdoor centres, group use, etc.

White Water Specialist Open Canoes
White Water open canoes are designed for river running and play. There are various sizes and designs available depending on your intended use. They are mostly made from Royalex a thermo formed sandwich construction that provides a strong, stiff and lightweight hull construction. For help on choosing a white water canoe please see the "Chooseing a Canoe article" from the articles link on the home page.

Most of the canoes in this section are fro solo use and require a full white water outfitting which would include suitable airbags, lashing system for airbags, saddle or pedestal, straps, footbraces, knee wedges. This WW outfitting package is available as shown on the product listings or we can supply the parts loose for you to customise your boat yourself.

Solo Touring and Recreational Canoes
Open Canoes in this category are specifically designed for solo paddling. They will often be fitted with one seat and are in the main not designed for tandem use (with the odd exceptrion) Thjey are designed for use on flat and moderate moving water. For specialist white water river running and play designs please see specialist white water canoes.

Open Canoe Parts and Accessories
Included in this section are accessories common to all forms of open canoeing. You will find airbags, sails, poles, etc.

For specific parts and fittings for your baot please see the part and fittings section under Open Canoes.

Open Canoe Paddles
A wide selection of open canoe paddles including evrything from basic starter paddles for group use through to hand crafted wood paddles that are a work of art in themselves as well as a joy to use.

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