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Silverbirch Covert Tandem – Prototype

UK based Silverbirch have been developing a new version of their super popular Covert OC1. The Silverbirch Covert Tandem retains the original Coverts superb handling but has been increased in size to take another paddler.

SilverBirch Covert Tandem

The Covert tandem at this stage is very much a prototype but Silverbirch will be bringing this to the market once the design has been further developed and tweaked.

SilverBirch Covert Tandem

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Orange Is Best

For the last few years the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that many of own personal boats have been orange.

Orange Is Best

This started with Liquidlogic Vision, followed by the Liquidlogic Squirrel and the Spade Kayaks Ace of Spades. In addition to this I have paddled orange boats back to back with other colours from all major manufacturers.

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If you had noticed you may have thought that there is simply just an orange thing going on, but I can assure you that this is not the case. You may have also noticed that many of Corran Addison’s new Soul Waterman designs are only available in either yellow or orange.

You may be sat there right now nodding your head in agreement. If you look at all of the major kayak and canoe manufacturers you will see that orange kayaks have featured within all of their recent ranges. Look at some of the new manufacturers that have sprung up over the last few years – Titan, Silver Birch and Soul Waterman to name just a few. All of their new designs have been available in orange, they could have chosen just about any colour for their line ups. All of this has not occurred accidentally.

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Big News From Esquif

Big news from Esquif. Liquidlogic will be producing the next line of Esquif canoes in their facility based in Asheville NC.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Esquif International Announces Partnership with Liquidlogic Kayaks

Esquif International is excited to announce that Liquidlogic Kayaks in Asheville, NC will now be manufacturing the hulls for the Esquif L’Edge Lite. “Liquidlogic has a reputation for doing fantastic roto-molding work and we want our customers to have the very best from Esquif.” said Esquif International, founder and owner, Jacques Chassé.

Availability for the L’Edge Lites will be mid-May as the first shipment of hulls to leave Asheville is expected May 1, 2016.

In mid-May the first T-Formex boats will ship from Esquif International headquarters in Frampton, Quebec. Chassé and his team are being kept very busy as they ramp up the T-Formex production. Partnering with Liquid Logic makes sense, they do some of the best roto-molded manufacturing available and Esquif wants to be proud to put their name on every boat they produce.

JACQUES CHASSÉ
Président

Esquif International Inc.
100-B Industrielle
Frampton, Qc, Canada
418-479-5351
www.esquif.com

Welshcakes And A Kermit Green Canoe

Until recently, I didn’t realise how much South Wales could offer in terms of open canoeing day trips. I’d heard of the classic Wye tours but did not realise just how much there is to paddle there: From meandering grade 1 to technical grade 3, something for everyone! I had the opportunity to spend some time down there and between walking and caving, I managed to borrow a subtle lime green canoe and sample some of many stretches of Welsh goodness.

Welshcakes And A Kermit Green Canoe

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Pyranha Factory Tour

Late last year I had the opportunity to visit the Pyranha factory here in the UK.

Pyranha Factory Tour

I had never been to a plastic kayak/canoe manufacturing site before so I did not know what I should expect.

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The plastic used in the factory to create the kayaks arrives in powder format. For some reason I had always thought that the plastic would be in the form of chips or small pellets. The first misconception of the day was blown away.

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Silverbirch Canoes

I managed to have a closer look at the Broadland and Covert canoes a couple of weeks ago. Both designs look really well thought out and have been very well made.

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Silverbirch canoes are made by the guys behind Tootega and are therefore designed and built right here in the UK. They currently have two canoe models in the range, The Broadland and the Covert 9.3 OC1.

The Broadland is constructed from either Duracore or Duralite three-layer polyethylene.

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Gauley River Goods

Gauley River Goods is a superb edit from Fall Line Canoes showing just some of the action from last weekends Gauley River Festival.

Gauley River Goods

A little bit of Friday and Saturday on the Upper Gauley during Gauley Fest 2015.

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Armerlite Brooks Canadian

Previously marketed under the Robson brand the Brooks range of canoes are made from Armerlite.

Armerlite Brooks Canadian

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Silverbirch Covert OC1 In Production

The first mould of the new Silverbirch Covert OC1 has taken place. There are some really nice graphics integrated into this process.

Silverbirch Covert

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Covert Cruising

Covert Cruising is a short edit from Sweet Skills showing the new Silver Birch Covert OC1 in action.

Covert Cruising

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Dagger AX – More Welding Magic

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Have you ever thought about taking the rear deck from one Dagger Axiom and using it to replace the front deck of another Dagger Axiom?

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Silverbirch Canoes – Covert OC1

Silverbirch Canoes, right here in the UK are getting ready to put the new Broadland and Covert canoes out into retail stores.

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The edit below shows the OC1 Covert in action on the Tryweryn. It looks like a great hull and its also great to see some bright colours being used rather than the usual red or drab green.

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