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Lightweight Canoes and Open Boats

Canoes and Pack Boats hand-built from modern, ultralightweight and strong composite materials.

We import lightweight canoes from the birthplace of canoeing- Canada. The downside to most large canoes is their weight, and lifting a canoe on and off a car roofrack or to the waters edge can be problematic for many people. The main advantage of building a canoe from composite materials is that the weight can be significantly reduced (compared to plastic canoes), by more than half in some cases. The disadvantage with composite boats is that they are much harder to manufacturer, the materials are more costly and they won’t stand up to the same punishment as plastic canoes. We don’t recommend any composite canoes for use on UK white-water for example.

However, by utilising the best and lightest materials such as carbon-fibre, tuffstuff or innegra these canoes are a dream to lift and carry, and paddle exceptionally well whilst on the water.

Nova Craft Trapper 12

Nova Craft Trapper 12 tuff stuff

Stable, manoeuvrable canoe for solo, flatwater use

Weights from 17.2kg (Tuffstuff)


Swift Canoes Pack 12.6

Swift Pack 12.6

Designed to be used with a double-ended paddle.

Weights from 10.9kg (Kevlar Fusion)


Swift Canoes Pack 13.8

Swift Pack 13.8

A mid-sized pack boat for easy handling.

Weights from 11.8kg (Kevlar Fusion)

Nova Craft Fox 14 Tuffstuff Canadain Canoe

Novacraft Fox 14

Fast, efficient solo cruising canoe for inland touring.

Weights from 19.1kg (Tuffstuff)


Swift Canoes Prospector 14

Swift Prospector 14

The shortest and lightest Prospector we have come across.

Weights from 13.2kg (Kevlar Fusion)


Swift Canoes Pack 14.6

Swift Pack 14.8

Swift Cruiser 14.8 Pack

Weights from 11.8kg (Kevlar Fusion)

Nova Craft Bob Special Canoe

Nova Craft Bob Special 15' TuffStuff

Lightweight tandem flat-water touring canoe from Canada.

Weights from 22.7kg (Tuffstuff)

Nova Craft Prospector 15 Canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 15 - TuffStuff

Manoeuvrable tandem canoe, that can be used on moving water

Weights from 24.5kg (Tuffstuff)


Swift Canoes Prospector 15

Swift Canoe Prospector 15

Tandem all-round canoes.

Weights from 16.8kg (Kevlar Fusion Pro 15)

Nova Craft Pal 16 Canoe

Nova Craft Pal 16 - TuffStuff

Tandem flat-water canoe that is less affected in windier conditions.

Weight 23.6kg (Tuffstuff)

Nova Craft Prospector 16 canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 16 - TuffStuff

A general-purpose all-round canoe, the 16 proving to be a true workhorse.

Weight 25.4kg (Tuffstuff)


Swift Canoes Prospector 16

Swift Canoe Prospector 16

Our best Selling lightweight canoe. An incredibly versatile boat configurable with 2 or 3 seats.

Weights from 17.3kg (Kevlar Fusion Pro 16)


Swift Keewaydin 16

An asymmetric, inland touring canoe available with 2 or 3 seats.

Weight 17.3Kg (Kevlar Fusion Kee 16)

Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 17 - TuffStuff

The largest Prospector we sell with room for multiday expedition kit.

Weight 27.2kg (Tuffstuff)


We import the best-selling, lightweight canoes based on UK paddlers requirements and these are displayed here on our website. However, these manufacturers do offer a huge array of material options, outfitting choices and custom builds. If you would like to design you own ‘super canoe’ or are looking for a model or spec. not shown on our website then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with of the team here at Manchester Canoes who would be happy to help, and discuss your potential order.