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Types of Kayaks and Canoes

Canoes and Kayaks for Sale UK

There is a huge range of canoes, kayaks and sit on tops available in the UK today. All have attributes that make them more suitable for a wide range of different paddlesport disciplines. We have broken these down below to help you find your perfect kayak (or canoe!)- use the links below to find what you are looking for.


We stock hundreds of kayaks and canoes here at Manchester Canoes throughout the year, from the leading brands, including Wave Sport, Feelfree, Perception, Dagger, Gumotex and Riot.


Still confused? If you are unsure of anything, require more information or would like to view a particular model of kayak in-store please contact us on 01925 818437 or by email All of our staff are keen paddlers and have decades of paddling experience and information to share.

Sit On Top Kayaks

Sit On Top Kayaks


Extremely popular, safe, stable and easy to paddle. These are our best selling type of kayaks. Suitable for beginners in the sport, right through to specialist kayak anglers.

General Purpose Kayaks

General Purpose Kayaks


One kayak to do it all- these ‘jack of all trades’ boats won’t limit the paddler to one discipline, and are a great first kayak to develop skills and progress in the sport.

Canadian Canoes

Canadian Canoes


These large open canoes are designed for load carrying, and can fit a large family, or be packed with a week’s worth of camping equipment and provisions for overnight adventures.

Inflatable Kayaks and Canoes

Inflatable Kayaks


Where space is at a premium, whether for storage or transportation these high quality inflatable watercraft are convenient and light, and durable.

White Water Kayaks

White Water Kayaking


These short, closed cockpit kayaks are designed to turn quickly, Eskimo roll and tackle white water rapids, surf and fast moving water environments.

Touring Kayaks

Touring Kayaks


Designed to be easier to handle, lighter and more manoeuvrable than full length sea kayaks. For use on lakes, sheltered coasts and slow moving rivers.

Sea Kayaks

Sea Kayaks


The longest kayaks we supply, these are designed to cover distance efficiently and cope well with rougher sea conditions. They also have a large carrying capacity for expeditions.

Fishing Kayaks

Fishing Kayaks


Sit on top kayaks that have more specialised onboard outfitting and equipment to suit the needs of kayak anglers. We have everything from budget to state of the art fishing SOT’s.

Junior Kayaks

Junior Kayaks


Smaller, scaled down versions of full size kayaks. To provide lightweight boats specifically for smaller paddlers to learn and progress into the sport of kayaking.

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