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    Hello - just moved from Canada to Oxford with my family (my wife & I, 3 kids 7-13 and a mid-size dog) for a year, and excited to explore a different side of paddling than we get at home (aqueducts, canals, waterside pubs). Also I hear interesting things about sailing canoes, although I've never been in one - can you use them on rivers, or is it really an open-water thing? Previous experience in various rivers and lakes in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, trips up to ~10 days (Dumoine, Missinaibi, albeit pre-children) plus assorted e.g. sailing dinghies etc.

    Any advice on the best place to look for a used boat & paddles etc would be welcome - since we're only here for a year, and want to pack a lot in (and I'm supposed to get some work done while I'm here...) my budget is limited, but I'm not worried about cosmetics and am happy to slap some fiberglass patches on if needed. My boat at home is a 16' Scott Wilderness & I like the glass / kevlar boats for portaging (but there is something to be said for bomb-proof too, although my impression is that even used the Royalex boats are still fairly expensive here).

    Thanks very much

    Mark

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    Welcome, Mark.

    The best places to find boats are probably the classified lists on here, or eBay if you're careful. Glass / kevlar boats are regarded as specialist and most likely to be found on here. Most of our rivers aren't wide enough for tacking so sailing canoes are mostly on open water. Since you mention canals, they generally need a licence, and most but not all are owned by the Canal and River Trust (CRT). Don't buy a licence direct from CRT, as it's not good value for canoes - join British Canoeing and membership includes a licence for CRT and a lot of other non-natural waterways.

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    Also if you buy a British canoeing membership it includes insurance.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan... View Post
    Also if you buy a British canoeing membership it includes insurance.....
    Asking from a position of ignorance...what would the insurance cover? I don't think I've had insurance on my canoes before.

    Thanks

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_B View Post
    Welcome, Mark.

    The best places to find boats are probably the classified lists on here, or eBay if you're careful. Glass / kevlar boats are regarded as specialist and most likely to be found on here. Most of our rivers aren't wide enough for tacking so sailing canoes are mostly on open water. Since you mention canals, they generally need a licence, and most but not all are owned by the Canal and River Trust (CRT). Don't buy a licence direct from CRT, as it's not good value for canoes - join British Canoeing and membership includes a licence for CRT and a lot of other non-natural waterways.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkU View Post
    Asking from a position of ignorance...what would the insurance cover? I don't think I've had insurance on my canoes before.

    Thanks

    Mark
    Hi and welcome to UK.

    The insurance included in the membership fee is third party cover. As part of the conditions for using canals third party insurance is required just in case by some action one causes another's harm or damage to property.

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    There's two parts

    Member insurance - https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/membership/why-join-british-canoeing/insurance-towergate

    "By being a member of British Canoeing, Scottish Canoe Association and Canoe Association of Northern Ireland either as members, officials, committee members, affiliated clubs, coaches, coach educators, volunteers or events you are entitled to insurance to protect you if you are held responsible for causing injury to another person or financial loss or damage to someone else's property. "


    Optional boat insurance:

    https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/membership/why-join-british-canoeing/boat-insurance
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    The insurance comprises:

    • Cover for canoe, kayak, paddle, helmet and buoyancy aids
    • Cover for accidental loss or damage
    • Up to 30 days in Europe at any one time
    • Cover for all canoeing activities, including competitions

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    Hello and Welcome!

    Well, the Thames is a little different to the Missinaibi, but lovely in its own way, especially the sections upstream of Oxford. Hopefully you can find a canoe quickly. The good news is you won't lose too much value if you sell it when you leave, even on a new canoe. On a second hand one, you'll probably recover your costs!

    Have a look on Paddle Points for ideas on where to paddle. The far Upper Thames, and some of the backwaters, offer a different type of jungle bashing adventure. http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePo...ocation=Oxford

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