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Swift Canoe Keewaydin 16

Lightweight Touring Canoe

A flat-water canoe that can be paddled by up to three people.

Swift Keeywaydin 16

Swift Canoes Keewaydin 16 Sapphire over Champagne colour

Swift Keeywaydin Combi 16

Keewaydin 16 Combi featuring removeable yoke (not present on standard UK spec)

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Swift Canoes Keewaydin 16

The Keewaydin Canoes have been designed by renowned canoe designer David Yost, and are primarily built for calm water paddling or what Canadian paddlers like to call tripping. The sleek lines of the Keewaydins are ideal for cruising on calm, sheltered water. With the hull shape designed to accelerate well and glide efficiently between strokes. The soft, rounded chines (edges close to the waterline) are forgiving and allow small chop and waves to roll under the hull, rather than deflect off squared sides.

The Keewaydin 16 makes a nice tandem day-tripping for couples looking to get out on the water and make some nice progress on covering the miles. The Keewaydin can also be outfitted as a Combi Canoe, that has a 3rd seat and no central yoke. This combination means the Combi Canoe is extremely versatile, as it can be paddled by three, two or one person (from the 3rd seat). The 3rd seat position is extremely well located, as it balances the boat when 3 paddlers are on board, or offers the ideal position for when paddling solo.

Those looking to paddle longer distances such as Scottish Lochs, or wishing to carry several nights worth of food and camping equipment should look at the Keewaydin 17. With a longer waterline length to promote better tracking and a faster top-end cruising speed, it also has a greater carrying capacity than the 16 so better suited for loading up.

The Keewaydin canoes are asymmetric in shape, giving the boat a definitive front and rear end with any number of people padding them. This provides the Keewaydin with less stern rocker and a slightly more pronounced bow rocker which allows for a gentle turn when manoeuvring the canoe, rather than it skidding/slipping out. The asymmetric shape also is slightly narrower towards the bow, and fuller through the stern, so the boat keeps its overall volume.

As with all the standard Swift Canoes we import into the UK, the outfitting on the Keewaydin is considered top-end. With strength, lightness and careful thought being put into the components used to outfit the boats. Carbon/Kevlar gunnels are extremely light, yet durable and are infused into the hulls Kevlar Fusion material for superior strength. The Kevlar Fusion hull is popular due to its high strength to weight ratio, providing great abrasion and impact resistance (as far as composite boats go).

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 Pack 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

  • 2x Cherry contoured, webbed seats.
  • Built-In buoyancy chambers at either end.
  • Bow and stern cherry handles.
  • Cherry central yoke (not included on combi model).
  • Kevlar Fusion hull material.
  • Black and Gold Carbon/Kevlar integral gunnels.
  • Two-tone colour scheme.
  • Keewaydin 16 Combi has 3rd cherry contoured webbed seat fitted and no yoke.


Keewaydin 16

  • Length: 16'
  • Gunwale Width: 32"
  • Maximum Width: 35"
  • Waterline Width: 32"
  • Centre Depth: 13"
  • Bow Height: 20"
  • Stern Height: 17"
  • Bow Rocker: 2"
  • Stern Rocker: 1.25"
  • Weight of a fitted out Keewaydin 16 in Kevlar Fusion with Carbon/Kevlar Gunnels: 38lbs/17.3kg
  • Weight of a fitted out Keewaydin 16 Combi in Kevlar Fusion with Carbon/Kevlar Gunnels: 39lbs/17.7kg


Emerald over Champagne

Emerald over Champagne

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Ruby over Champagne


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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 Keewaydin 16. 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 Keewaydin 16, please call us on 01925 818437