Posted: January 04, 2021
Hou do you think you are?
Canoes are the most versatile of small craft, the same boat can carry one, two or three people, it can be paddled, poled, sailed or motored, it could be used for a couple of hours on a calm morning or evening, for a day trip, a weekend trip, or a month-long expedition. It could be paddled on flat or moving water, on rivers, canals, lakes, lochs, bays, estuaries and even the sea.
This flexibility alongside a growing interest in all things paddlesporty has led to a surge of interest in open canoeing and consequently, where there used to be just a couple of UK manufacturers there are now several homegrown brands, one of which is Hou.
About Hou Canoes
Who? Hou, that’s who. From the Polynesian word for ‘new’ and with personal family links to the Pacific, Hou was the obvious name for Hou Canoe
Posted: December 09, 2020
Perfect Pressies For Paddlers - Recommended Christmas Gifts For Kayakers
‘Winter is icumen in’ and Christmas is almost here, and no doubt everyone who is lucky enough to have paddlers in their family is busily pondering what to get them. Well, ponder no more because South Coast Canoes is here to help with all the Christmas essentials for the paddler in your life. Read on for our top gifts for kayakers...
Gifts for kayakers under £20:
Palm Ultralite 5L Dry Bag - £12.95 - light in nature, tough in spirit and you can never have too many drybags (or thermals) in your paddling kit store.
Whetman Kraken Karabiner - £12.00 - the best sea kayaking carabiner bar none. Easy to use one handed, wide opening, smooth anti-snag nose and wire gate so it doesn’t vibrate open under water.
Posted: November 23, 2020Found yourself wondering the 'what's the difference between a canoe and kayak'? We delve into this topic.Read more »
Posted: November 17, 2020
This past summer, once we all emerged from Lockdown was a summer afloat for many. Unable to travel abroad and with the beaches reopened and pretty decent weather people bought, borrowed and unearthed all sorts of water craft from SUPs to inflatables to Sit on Tops to ancient fibreglass tandem tourers to everything in between and spent the summer messing about in boats.
But winter is coming, mostly rain and strong wind so far but it will get colder, the days shorter and the nights longer…but that is absolutely no reason to stop paddling, no not at all.
Okay, getting afloat may not have quite the draw it had at the height of August but Autumn paddling is delightful, a kind of peace settles over the countryside and easy paddling on dark, calm water with yellow, red and ochre trees shedding their leaves as you pass has a special charm.
Check out our latest review on the Point 65 Whisky Rocker.
Posted: December 22, 2019
Cold feet are the curse of winter paddling. A couple of top tips on how to keep your tootsies toasty on the water.
Iford Bridge to Mudeford Quay - River Stour and Christchurch Harbour.
Distance - 4 miles ish
Time - 2 hours to all day
A short and easy but very satisfying trip for all sorts of craft - SUPS, kayaks but yesterday we did it in open canoes, mainly so we could take the dog along.
Places we go, things we do #1
River Piddle - Wareham Channel - Arne Heath
One of the problems with A-B trips is the shuttle, dropping paddlers and boats at one end and making sure everyone and everything can be collected again from the other. This post describes a trip on the River Piddle and Poole Harbour with a novel approach to solving the problem of the shuttle.
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Stuff you may not know we can get...
Over a couple of days last week two of us fatbiked and packrafted from Portland Bill to Old Harry down here in Dorset, with an overnight camp on the shores of Poole Harbour - a top adventure.
Bikes we don't do, packrafts not yet but expedition gear for canoeing and kayaking is something we can get and will be doing more of. On this journey in particular we used:
An Exped Scout Tarp Extreme for our bivvy. I've been using these for years; they're tough, light, well designed, packable and versatile. They're also my favourite tarp for canoe sailing with an A-Frame and rafted canoes - big enough for plenty of power, small enough to control: http://www.exped.com/international/en/product-category/tents/scout-tarp-extreme