Islander Jive

Short touring kayak

The Jive is a traditional closed cockpit kayak designed for touring paddling on a variety of waters. Manufactured in the UK, and versatile to use on both inland and sheltered coastal waters.


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The Islander Jive is a touring kayak perfect for exploring the extensive UK waterways. Itís an extremely comfortable boat, which goes some way to explain its popularity. The integrated moulded seat offers a neutral paddling position, whilst the adjustable backrest ensures a bespoke fit to the paddler. Slide lock footrests are easily adjustable from the seat and allow for paddlers with various length legs. Also, well designed padded thigh/knee foams are present around the oversized cockpit rim to add comfort and precise handling.

The well designed rounded hull also has a slight keel and adjustable drop-down skeg to help the kayaks straight-line tracking- particularly useful in days of adverse weather or crosswinds to maintain speed and direction. The distinct keel at the bow helps the boat to slice through swell and carve nicely through the water, allowing the Jive to be paddled along the coat as well as calmer waters.

Storage for the Jive comes from the large oval hatch located at the stern of the boat, with a watertight bulkhead behind the seat. When the hatch cover is opened a surprisingly large watertight comportment is revealed, perfect for any larger items that you may wish to carry Ė such as a trolley, picnic or perhaps overnight camping equipment. When not in use this area acts as a large buoyancy chamber in the event of a capsize. An elasticised deck line just in front of the cockpit in easy reach, offers handy storage for smaller more essential items such as a windproof cagoule or map.

Designed to explore gentler waters the Jive is well suited to inland waterways and calm coastal routes, but due to its ample storage and tracking capabilities itís not limited to short trips and will be more than adequate to do longer paddles or even multiple days at a time. The Jive was formally known as the Dagger Blackwater- a hugely popular kayak over the years.


  • Integral moulded seat.
  • Knee/thigh pads.
  • Drop-down skeg.
  • Large oval domed rear hatch.
  • Minicell foam sealed bulkhead.
  • Etha foam pillar buoyancy.
  • Universal seat pad.
  • Adjustable Universal backrest.
  • SlideLock footbrace.
  • Deck elastics.
  • Soft touch grab handles.
  • Anodised security bar.
  • Moulded drain plug.


  • Length 323 cm
  • Width 67 cm
  • Weight 20 kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 110 kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Islander jive for your weight


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Recommended Accessories

Thule Loackable Straps

Thule Lockable Roofrack Straps

Keep your new kayak 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 kayak.

Price £76.00

Feelfree Day Tour Alloy paddle for the Islander jive

Feelfree Day Tour Paddle - Alloy Shaft

High quality paddle with strong asymmetric blades on an alloy shaft with drip rings and index grip.

Price £44.95

Deluxe Fibreglass paddle for the Islander jive

Feelfree Day Tour Paddle - Glass Shaft

Same blade construction with a lighter weight fibreglass shaft.

Price £69.95

feelfree 15l dry bag

15L Dry Bag

These Feelfree Dry Bags are made from a tough PVC Tarpaulin and with the easy roll down dry seal you will get a great dry bag to protect your belongings and keep them dry inside the dry bag. 

Price £17.95

Feelfree Paddle Leash

Feelfree Paddle Leash

Elasticated paddle leash, attach one end to the paddle shaft and the other to the kayak.

Price £12.95

Feelfree Thigh Straps

Feelfree Thigh Straps

Thigh straps help to give you greater control while manoeuvring your sit-on-top, and keep you seated when playing in the surf. They can also aid with transporting your kayak when used as a shoulder strap.

Price £39.95

Delivery Information

Delivery of Clothing, Equipment, Accessories, Paddles & Inflatable Boats/Boards:

We offer a delivery service throughout the UK & Northern Ireland. Most deliveries arrive within 1-3 working days, although some deliveries may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks & Canoes:

We offer a delivery service on most kayaks & canoes covering most of the UK & Northern Ireland - Some products and areas are excluded. We provide a bespoke delivery service for canoes and kayaks to improve the level of service and minimise the risk of damage.

Most Kayak & Canoe deliveries arrive within 1-2 weeks (not guaranteed) from confirming your order. The majority of Canoe & Kayak deliveries will be quicker than this but some may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks or Canoes that exceed 4.5m (450cm) is temporarily unavailable - Due to length restrictions with our shipping agents.

For further information, please read our Delivery Information page.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide:

We also offer a collect from store service. 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 Islander jive, please call us on 01925 818437