Open Canoeing Products

£85.00 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing 2 Piece Fibre Glass Pole Endless River
2 Piece Fibre Glass Pole

A two piece glass canoe pole. Lightweight and compact so stores easily when not in use.

£39.47 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Open-Canoeing 3D Canoe Float Bag Palm
3D Canoe Float Bag

The Palm 3D Canoe float bags are a whole new approach to floatation for Canadian Canoes. They are available in 3 different sizes of 32" 48" and 60". These new style canoe float bags are 3D shape to ensure they ...

£2.42 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing 6 Endless River
6" Bolt & Gunnel Washer

Ideal for mounting seats in your canoe. Made from stainless steel so rust free, Comes with washer.

£33.22 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Add A Seat Endless River
Add A Seat

The Endless River Add a seat is the easy way to create extra space in your open boat. It easily clips on to the gunnels of your boat, once clipped on it will then suspend your extra seat in the middle of the bo...

£119.04 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Open-Canoeing Adventure WindPaddle

f your boat has anything that can be clipped to - including deck lines, cleats, bungees, pad eyes, fairleads, thwarts, handholds on the gunwale or bench seat - you can probably attach your WindPaddle to it!

£23.26 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Alloy Hanger & Fittings Venture
Alloy Hanger & Fittings

Alloy hanger and fitting for mounting seats in Venture Canoes.

£134.52 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Open-Canoeing Bandit Werner

The Werner Bandit is a spooned canoe paddle that is ideal for slalom canoests and also open canoeists who are into technical river running.

£161.42 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Open-Canoeing Bandit CB Werner
Bandit CB

A powerful, stiff canoe paddle for slalom and technical white water paddling.

£21.76 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Open-Canoeing Bilge Water Pump Sea To Summit Solution Gear
Bilge Water Pump

A compact sea kayak water pump. It is ideal for carrying in the back of your boat or under your deck lines while coastal paddling. It features a double pump system that will extract 400ml of water per pump. The...

£43.90 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Open-Canoeing C100 Ainsworth

The Ainsworth C100 is a tough hardwearing canoe paddle that features a light buoyant blade on a shaft that comes uncut but supplied with a loose t handle. This is ideal as it enables you to cut it and then secu...

£38.20 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Cane Seat Endless River
Cane Seat

A high quality replacement cane seat for your canoe giving a traditional aesthetic.

£26.34 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoe TNP

A basic entry level paddle that is perfect for using with Canadian Canoes. It is available in 3 sizes so you can get a near perfect fit.

Canoes, Open Boats and Canoe Equipment

Welcome to our section on open boats. Here you can find advice on getting the correct boat for your needs, whether it be solo camping, family canal tours or moving water. You will also find accessories for decking out your boat, canoe paddles or poles, engines, airbags and many other bits and pieces that will make each trip out on the water more comfortable, safer, quicker or just plain more enjoyable.


What makes an Open Canoe Great? Open or Canadian canoes are suitable for carrying large loads and some models will take three people or more. They are very stable, great fun for families, and look lovely on the water.

The ones housed on this page will do a bit of everything. You can use them for river trips on flat water or easy white water, take the kids exploring the local lakes, or go fishing. More adventurous paddlers might go canoe camping, where you pack your tent, food, sleeping bags and very best friends into your boat and head off down river- far more exciting than driving up to a campsite. They can be paddled from a comfy seat or a kneeling thwart for more power.

If it's just flat water you're interested in, or you want an entry level open canoe, see our Touring Canoes page, and we have a section just for Whitewater Canoes as well.

All-round canoes come in lengths from 13 to 17ft, depending on the carrying capacity and desired characteristics. Wider boats are more stable, but longer, narrower boats are faster. The range of boats is huge, so we'd like to recommend some of our favourites.

Solo users- and an open canoe trip is a perfect way to relax and unwind on your own- should look at a boat around the 13 - 14 foot mark. These tend to be lighter, meaning it's easier to for one person to handle when off the water.

Many two paddler boats can be paddled solo too. The Venture Canoes Ranger 14, for instance, comes either with seats for two or a thwart for one. This is a tough, versatile polyethylene boat for all uses. The Mad River Explorer 14 TT comes as standard with two seats and a yoke.

If you are looking for a boat that will offer you greater carrying capacity for gear we suggest you consider canoes between 14 and 16 foot. Basic fittings usually include two seats, a central thwart and yoke. They are generally wider than the shorter canoes, aiding stability, and meaning that they can be used as great family boats too. Many of the models in this size range can also be fitted with a 3rd seat if required.

Touring boats are intended for river and lake trips on fairly flat water. They are perfect for a day on the water with the kids or a weekend camping trip travelling down a long stretch of river. Because they will be designed for efficient forward movement, so are often quite long, and most have a high carrying capacity so you can fit lots of gear (or people!) in without overloading.

Canoes for white water have their own page here,

Here you'll find open boats designed specifically to tackle white water. If you only want to play on easy rapids and little waves on your trips down the river, have a look at the options on our All Round Canoes page. In this section, we have both solo and tandem white water options. Remember- half the paddle, twice the paddler!

If you already have a canoe (or just want to kit yours out and make it even nicer), you might want to have a look at Accessories, Canoe Airbags, or seating options to increase capacity or comfort. We have all manner of useful things for repairing your boat too.If you're feeling lazy, engines are available, or sails and mast adaptions can help you harness the wind.

If you need help choosing the right boat or would like to discuss colour options and delivery prices, feel free to email:


Sea Kayaking - End of Summer Sale

Sea Kayaking, Sea Touring, which ever you want to call it, it usually resulkts in exciting days out on the coastline. As the summer has now come to an end, we currently have a sale on certain items. These lines include, Kayaks, Paddles, PFD's and also paddle jackets!
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Sales on Short Sleeve Paddle Jackets...

As another great summer slowly comes to an end... We are having a Sale on our Short Sleeve Paddle Jackets. We have got models from Peak UK, Palm and Yak....
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Whitmore Bay Rescue Debrief - Sea Kayak Rescue

A blog about the paddleand rescue, with some of the thought processes when responding to a Mayday call at Whitmore Beach, Barry Island.
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