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    Default Swift Raven

    Makers Spec




    Designed by John Winters
    Length: 15’ 4”
    Gunwale Width: 29”
    Waterline Width: 29“
    Bow Height: 21”
    Stern Height: 19”
    Centre Depth: 14”
    Bow Rocker: 3”
    Stern Rocker: 2.5”
    Hull Shape: Asymmetrical
    Optimum Load Range ~180-340 lbs.
    Industry Capacity ~ 650 lbs.
    Royalex 60 lbs

    Makers Write Up
    Big, roomy and stable, yet quick and maneuverable - the Raven seems most at home on whitewater rivers but also handles nicely in open water.
    For paddlers who take long trips with a strong whitewater emphasis, or those who like solo paddling but aren’t comfortable in tippy, small boats,
    the Raven is just the ticket.
    Last edited by Canoe Guru; 19th-October-2008 at 07:39 PM.

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    Default Swift Raven - photo





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    Wolfgang
    Are you in the witness protection program? You seem to have cut your head off in all the photos.
    Regards,
    Mike

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    Default Men without heads

    Hi Mike,

    I didn’t ask for permission to use the pictures on the web but be assured that the photos show really qualified paddlers on canoe testing’s in Switzerland and the Canoe Festival 2008 in the Netherlands

    Regarding my “Swift owners protection program” I like to mention that paddlers – with proud heads – are shown in a Swift Yukon here:
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ad.php?t=13259

    Wolfgang
    You never paddle the same river twice.

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    Default Swift Raven Video

    I added a little video on the Swift Raven, pictures are coming up soon.
    http://www.canoebase.at/swift-raven

    Greetings from Austria

    Wolfgang Hoelbling
    You never paddle the same river twice.

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    Looking forward to soon taking ownership of a Swift Raven...

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    Ah! Matt, it's you who is having the Raven [ash trim.....very swish].

    Very jealous.....enjoy your new canoe.

    Tim

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    Does that make it 2 in the UK now..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post
    Does that make it 2 in the UK now..?
    More pics please !

    Where did you import them from ?

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by bin_man View Post
    More pics please !

    Where did you import them from ?

    Paul
    Been working away recently, but managed to get a paddle in at home for an hour prior.. Here are a few pics of the maiden wetting:











    Imported from Austria - Corinthian Canoe Base/Swift Canoes Europe. Hopefully be getting out on to some proper water over the next few weeks once I've outfitted her...

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    Nice looking boat.
    Matto

    Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea.


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    Much prettier than mine! However I suspect mine was much cheaper even when new. Be careful on portages. A friend of mine who also has a Raven tried to jump over a small wall (maybe two feet high) and fell and the boat fell on him. Its really a poor story..told him to get a better story. He broke ribs and was laid up for a while.

    Its a very heavy duty boat.
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    Signifying nothing." WS-prophecy about internet postings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bin_man View Post
    More pics please !

    Where did you import them from ?

    Paul

    I purchased mine through Finnish suppliers called - Welhonpesä ........Excellent company to deal with, communication in English is good and they were very prompt in replies to emails [I sent a lot]....have a look at their range of canoes and sea kayaks, I am sure you could strike up a reasonable deal on importing it to the UK........excellent Bell Magic for a cracking price here


    Swift canoes are only currently available through suppliers from Austria or Finland........I have been in email contact with Bill Swift & Scott Way [Swift Canoes] and have given them some contact details for possible suppliers in the UK, they are keen to get a foothold here......so fingers crossed I think their range of canoes would be popular.
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    I think this makes it 3 in the UK now

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    Mine arrived from Wolfsberg last week courtesy of Greg (GregandGinaS).

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    Nicely done!
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    Ahh they are as common as muck!...............I didn't think Wolfgang outfitted them with plastic gunnels? Greg offered to bring one home for me when I was looking, such a kind offer.

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    Very very nice!! I've had a go in Matts and liked it a lot!!
    To Canoe is to be moved!!!

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    It came from Wolfgang so I guess he must now stock them with plastic gunnels. Matts is mike nicer with the wooden trim and there was one available but finances couldn't stretch that far so opted for the plastic gunnels. Went out for a play today just on some flat water and now really looking forward to taking her one some proper water over the winter. Perhaps we will have to have a UK owners club meet?

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    Original post getting a bit lost, so here it is again...

    We will have the following boats for use by our clients, for Demo'ing at events around the UK, and for just, well, showing off...

    The 'tandem' tripping boats:
    Keewaydin 16
    Keewaydin 17
    Kipawa
    Winisk
    Dumoine

    The 'solo' boats:
    Osprey
    Keewaydin 14
    Raven (this is still in Royalex)

    As we said not only will I be using these with clients, we shall be showing them off around the UK at symposiums, gatherings and events.

    Swift are a Canadian company (www.swiftcanoe.com) that make some really nice craft. Up until now the closest importer is in Austria - Carinthian Canoe Base (CCB) (www.canoebase.at) who we will be working closely with initially.

    If you are interested in 'demo'ing' one of the fleet, please get in touch; for info about individual boats visit Swift on-line and for an indication of current prices head over to CCB.

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    Lovely looking boat there Matt.
    Cheers, Michael.


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