The canoe is a simple little boat design that’s been used by humans for all of recorded history and almost certainly for many thousands of years before that.

Sadly many of us only ever paddle a canoe on a school camp or boy scout trip, this seems like a shame as it can actually be a lot of fun and unlike a kayak, canoes have plenty of room for beer. Founded in 1987 the Pygmy Boats Company has been working to bring easy-to-build kayak, canoe and rowboat kits to people in the USA and around the world – thousands of the kits have been built and the completed boats are stunning to look at thanks to the beautiful lengths of timber used in their construction.

The Taiga Wilderness Tripper Canoe you see here can hold 3 adults or 2 adults with kids, it’s made from precision pre-cut BS-1088 Okoume plywood panels and epoxy resin with a hard-wearing fibreglass outer layer.

The kit building process makes a fun weekend project and you’ll be the envy of the other paddlers on the water, in their bright yellow plastic rentals.

Grab yours here

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