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  1. Welcome, I'm a beginner myself with 2 kids around...

    Welcome, I'm a beginner myself with 2 kids around the same age so I can completely relate. I'm pretty sure the 16' would be plenty big unless you're planning long trips away with loads of gear (and...
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    Well done! In my previous life I used to manage...

    Well done! In my previous life I used to manage web and other high availability online services so I know what a pain it can be. Even with multiple layers of backup and redundancy things will go...
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    I bought my Tribe last year but I can't say I'd...

    I bought my Tribe last year but I can't say I'd complain too much at the new prices - its a great canoe. Definitely feeling lucky that I got it at a bargain price though :)
  4. There's a follow up story on the site - ...

    There's a follow up story on the site -

    "'Whoever sold those boys that canoe should be locked up,' says man who found damaged boat on Manitoba river"
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    I thought it was OK, but then I bought the...

    I thought it was OK, but then I bought the cheaper plastic one from Decathlon as well and it actually is better :)

    (I'm a beginner though - I have experience with a total of 2 canoe paddles, both...
  6. I'm a bit late to help you out for yesterday, but...

    I'm a bit late to help you out for yesterday, but I usually head up to Auchinstarry Marina near Kilsyth. There's a slipway, plus a pub. From there you can head either way on the canal and you're in...
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    Hello :) I'm a newbie myself and also started...

    Hello :)
    I'm a newbie myself and also started with an inflatable for the family - I don't think anyone here would poo-poo them (just don't mention the k**** word :D). From my experience everyone...
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    If you are in Falkirk then the canal seems the...

    If you are in Falkirk then the canal seems the obvious place. I'm sure there are some good launch sites near Falkirk, but you're also only 20 minutes from Kilsyth and Auchinstarry Marina which has a...
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    I was actually thinking it would be good for...

    I was actually thinking it would be good for storing my kids. It might be heavy but it'd be much more peaceful.
  10. Balmaha is kind of as it looks - bal-ma-hah...

    Balmaha is kind of as it looks - bal-ma-hah (with an 'a' as in man or van).

    Its much easier than Kirkcudbright https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkcudbright
  11. I was there on Friday/Saturday. We camped on...

    I was there on Friday/Saturday. We camped on Clairinsh (should gave gone further out, but had the kids and it was empty when we landed). We came back around lunchtime Saturday and although it was...
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    I'd also vouch for a Sevylor. I have the Hudson...

    I'd also vouch for a Sevylor. I have the Hudson (3 seats) and its pretty much bomb proof - you would have to be going some to tip it. I've also seen a few Sevylors with electric outboards attached...
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    If you look up 'beginner' in the dictionary it...

    If you look up 'beginner' in the dictionary it has a picture of me, but I just tied the painter on to the front carry handle. I didn't really see any point in drilling holes when its purely used on...
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    Yeh, some of it did seem a bit contradictory. I...

    Yeh, some of it did seem a bit contradictory. I also saw an update that suggested the petition was also about mooring fees and 'maintaining accessibility to Scotland's Lowland Canals for all'. Well,...
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    Save the Falkirk Wheel canal link

    This petition just appeared on my Facebook. Does anyone know more about it? I hate signing petitions on a knee jerk reaction as I think there are too many floating around, many of which are based on...
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    I'd also suggest speaking to Stu - I have a Tribe...

    I'd also suggest speaking to Stu - I have a Tribe on order with plastic gunwales so he definitely does them.

    Cheers
    Richard
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    Thanks for posting the info on the canoe club....

    Thanks for posting the info on the canoe club. I'm going to drop them a line about membership so that should double the interest in open canoes :)

    Cheers
    Richard
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    It seems like Drumchapel & Clydebank might be the...

    It seems like Drumchapel & Clydebank might be the best bet then. They seem to have a few mentions of canoe trips on their website (in fact there's one on Sunday, although its for...
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    Hi, I was in a similar situation a couple of...

    Hi,
    I was in a similar situation a couple of week ago and went for an Apache Tribe, which is fibreglass, is a great price and built by Stu down in the Wirral which means you can phone him up and...
  20. Freebie - Childs (up to 20kg) 100N Life Jacket with integral safety harness

    I have an add on Gumtree for this life jacket, and although it says 20 I'm happy to give it to anyone that can either pick it up or cover courier costs (or we can work out a SotP hand-off delivery...
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    Given my experience level I think its going to...

    Given my experience level I think its going to feel clumsy and awkward anyway :). But I will take the advice and look around. The trouble is I don't think there's really anywhere near water up here,...
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    Hi MultiMark, I might start with the a couple of...

    Hi MultiMark,
    I might start with the a couple of the Decathlon ones. They might not be the best, but hopefully good enough to get me going and give me a starting point for comparison. I'm not really...
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    Thanks for the welcomes. Ironically, I prefer a...

    Thanks for the welcomes. Ironically, I prefer a nice rum :)
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    The Charles River isn't royalex (don't know why I...

    The Charles River isn't royalex (don't know why I did't post the link last night, its on Gumtree if anyone is interested - https://www.gumtree.com/p/boats-kayaks-jet-skis/canadian-canoe/1215584550 )....
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    Now I've started posting I might as well keep it...

    Now I've started posting I might as well keep it up, so here's my first ever entry (I hope it works). Its definitely not as good as some of the others, but I like it :)

    Forth & Clyde canal.
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