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  1. A Beginner’s Guide to the Types of Kayak

    Types of kayak

    A Beginner’s Guide to the Types of Kayak

    A couple of articles ago I provided the absolute last word on the difference between canoes and kayaks but that is only the start, this time we’re going to examine the difference between different types of kayak and totally nail it down beyond question so no one will ever have to ponder the difference between a Sit on Top and a sea kayak again. Never ever - apart from the wide range of kayak types which I completely omit.

    Just to jog your memory, roughly speaking, in the broadest terms, canoes can generally be sat in OR knelt in and are usually propelled with a single bladed paddle; kayaks are generally just sat in and usually propelled with a double-bladed paddle so we’ll stick with that

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  2. Can I Paddle, & Where To Paddle During Lockdown

    Dorset canoeing & kayaking spots

    The best Dorset & Hampshire canoeing & kayaking spots for your lockdown exercise

    Probably best to start with "can we and should we paddle during lockdown?" before answering the question where to go

    The answer to "can we?" seems, at the moment, to be yes. We are allowed to exercise and unlike during Lockdown 1.0 paddlesports are included as appropriate, socially distanced exercise and according to British Canoeing we are allowed to travel to access the water at recognised launch spots:

    Outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area if necessary, to find an open space to exercise (such as a publicly accessible place to launch).

    However, we are also supposed to stay local and not leave our village, town or city which is tricky if you don’t have a river, canal, lake or the sea in your village, town or city.

    This contradiction has of course been highlighted in a couple o

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  3. What a Houhah - Spotlight on Hou Canoes

    What a Houhah - Spotlight on Hou Canoes

    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

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  4. Perfect Pressies For Paddlers - Recommended Christmas Gifts For Kayakers

    Christmas gifts for kayakers

    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.

    South Coast Ca

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  5. Back to basics - What is the difference between a kayak and a canoe?

    Back to basics - What is the difference between a kayak and a canoe?
    Found yourself wondering the 'what's the difference between a canoe and kayak'? We delve into this topic.
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  6. Winter canoeing – The need-to-know tips and must-have accessories

    Winter canoeing tips and clothes

    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.

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  7. Cold feet

    Cold feet

    Cold feet are the curse of winter paddling. A couple of top tips on how to keep your tootsies toasty on the water.

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  8. Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    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.

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  9. Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    Places we go, things we do, kit we use.

    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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  10. Natural bedfellows...

    Natural bedfellows...

    Extend your adventure with our range of canoe camping equipment; we trust it because we use it ourselves.

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