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    hi new to canoeing got a 3 man old town discovery but was looking to get a light weight 2 man as the wife cant help lift because of medical issues but loves the open water (trossachs on my door step
    any recommendations would be brill
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartybawbag View Post
    hi new to canoeing got a 3 man old town discovery but was looking to get a light weight 2 man as the wife cant help lift because of medical issues but loves the open water (trossachs on my door step
    any recommendations would be brill
    thanks
    You probably can't get much heavier than the Old Town and there is a good range of lighter canoes out there depending on what you are looking for. You will end up paying more though!

    The Quetico from Solway Dory is on my wish list: light to carry and beautiful to paddle: http://www.solwaydory.co.uk/products...s/the-quetico/ ... I'm told it sails well as well.

    Swift are well known for for their lightweight canoes but quite hard to get hold off over here. http://www.swiftcanoe.com/

    I see Apache are also doing lightweight layups now: http://apachecanoes.com/quiet-water-1

    Novacraft offerings in "tuffstuff" https://www.norfolkmarine.co.uk/shop...3799f9be32b452

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    3 questions to help us help you:
    intended use? (flat water, big open water, easy rivers, white water, solo, tandem, day trip, touring etc)
    capacity needed? (weight of crew and kit)
    budget? this is the most important, as it defines what options you have to answer the first two questions.

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    Nova Craft Prospector 15', Royalex,just appeared on eBay.
    Grangeover Sands.
    Maybe worth a look.

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    I tried several of the Apache canoes at the recent OCA canoe fest at Hay, they are certainly worth a try and could be customised for fabric type lay up and height. Other canoes are venture Hou and Silverbirch which are all plastic. Then you are going into composite territory with ultra light canoes, but they can be very expensive and a bit fragile if using on rivers.
    Alternatively search out local canoe paddlers and ask to try their canoes along with keeping an eye on the second hand market.

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