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Swift Cruiser 14.8

High Performance Pack Boat

Fast, lightweight pack boat that’s paddled from a seated position, with double bladed paddles.

Swift Cruiser 14.8

Swift Canoes Cruiser 14.8 Shown in Kevlar Fusion – Ruby over Champagne with Carbon Kevlar Trim

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Swift Canoes Cruiser 14.8

Swift’s most successful and best-selling pack boat. At just over fourteen and a half feet in length, it combines a fantastic compromise between forward tracking and manoeuvrability. On the water, the Cruiser 14.8 paddles much like a 14ft closed cockpit touring kayak but is lighter, easier to get into, and simpler to load up for overnight getaways. Designed to be paddled in the seated position, most users will find longer double-bladed kayak paddles the easiest, most efficient way to use the Cruiser 14.8. However, it can be paddled with a traditional single-bladed canoe paddle if or when desired.

With the low centre of gravity provided by the super comfortable Pack-Seating system the Cruiser 14.8 is stable, and from those that paddle it this boat is renowned to perform extremely well in choppier and windier conditions (within reason!). The 14.8 can turn surprisingly quickly for a boat of it’s length by initiating the bow rocker and ‘outside edging’ the boat through the turn. A very nice feature on Swifts performance Pack Boats, is the use of S Gunnels that make the paddling position slightly narrower at the top of the boat allowing for a much more efficient paddling style.

At under 12kg in the Kevlar Fusion layup, the Cruiser 14.8 pack boat is incredibly light making it easy to car top, portage around obstructions and carry down to the water’s edge. As far as canoe designs go, the 14.8 offers mid-range volume combined with fast, efficient forward speed to deliver a very well-designed boat for day trips, overnight adventures and exploring a wealth of British waterways.

We import the best-selling Swift Canoes, based on UK paddlers requirements and these are displayed on our website. However, Swift do offer a huge array of material options, outfitting choices and custom builds. If you would like to design you own ‘super canoe’ from Swifts many options, and have a custom-built boat, then we would highly recommend taking a look at the Swift Website. Here you will find a custom boat building tool, and some fantastic videos which clearly explain the many features, outfitting choices and materials available:


If you have any questions relating to Swift Canoes or Swift Cruiser Boats, or would like to discuss a custom boat build and how to pre-order one into the UK, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with of the team here at Manchester Canoes who would be happy to help.

Key Features

  • Built-In buoyancy chambers at both ends.
  • Carbon Kevlar trim (gunwales) fitted as standard.
  • Bow and stern cherry carry-handles.
  • Carbon Pack Seat Base.
  • Cherry Thwarts x2.
  • High Padded Seatback with Lumbar Support
  • Adjustable Kayak Foot Braces.
  • Two-tone colour scheme.


Cruiser 14.8

  • Length: 14' 8"
  • Gunwale Width: 23.5"
  • Maximum Width: 27.5"
  • Centre Depth: 11"
  • Bow Rocker: 2"
  • Stern Rocker: 1"
  • Weight of a fitted-out Cruiser 14.8 in Kevlar Fusion with Carbon/Kevlar Gunnels: 26lbs/11.8kg
  • Optimum Load Range: 64kg-127KG (140 - 280 lbs)


Emerald over Champagne

Emerald over Champagne

 14 Ruby over Champagne

Ruby over Champagne


Recommended Accessories

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Badger Cherry Tripper

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Grey Owl Voyaguer Paddle

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Blue Barrels

Canoe Barrels

A highly versatile water proof storage option. Barrels offer greater durability that dry bags and also protect the contents from any crushing. As well as being great for transporting kit when paddling they also double as kit storage at home, and being watertight are also ideal for transporting your wet kit home in the car. Please note- these barrels are brand new and first quality, not reconditioned or seconds.

C Tug Trolley

C Tug Trolley

The single best canoe trolley available, featuring a huge 120kg static weight carry capacity. The adjustable rubber feet allow a customised fit on your canoes hull and the high quality easy to use cam strap buckle offer peace of mind that your canoe wont be bouncing off the trolley. The Ctug dissembles easily and quickly for stowage. The construction materials used mean the C tug will remain rust free and last for a long time to come.

Price £95.96 (RRP £119.95 - Saving £23.99)

Thule Canoe Portage

Thule Canoe Portage Carrier

The clever design of the canoe portage from Thule means that you get an even more secure roof fit with your canoe while tightening your straps less and reducing the risk of damage of your composite canoe. The padded supports are perfect for looking after your gunwales when roof topping. The potage includes 2 cam strap tie downs with buckle protection to avoid and scratches on your new boat. The Universal FlipFit bracket fits all Thule rack systems and most roof racks in the market.

Price £110.49 (RRP £129.99 - Saving £19.50)

Thule Loackable Straps

Thule Lockable Roofrack Straps

Keep your new canoe safe with Thule's innovative 4m lockable strap. Each strap contains a highly durable steel core wire. The buckle has a protective cover to avoid scratches on your canoe. The lockable straps offer peace of mind when leaving your canoe racked over night or even just at rest stops along your journey. The heavy duty lock provide a visual deterrent for opportunistic thieves.

Price £63.74 (RRP £74.99 - Saving £11.25)

Delivery Of Canadian Canoes

We offer a delivery service for Open Canoes covering many areas of mainland UK using our own fleet of vehicles. Due to shipping restrictions from our couriers, we are unable to offer a courier delivery service for this product range.

Please contact us with your address and we can advise price and availability for delivery to your area.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide

We offer a collect from store service for the Swift Canoes Cruiser 14.8. Collection for orders placed online can be made from any of our Canoe Shops UK Stores. For full details on our Click & Collect service, please see: Nationwide Click & Collect

For further help and information about the Swift Canoes Cruiser 14.8, please call us on 01925 818437