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Our roots trace back to the year 2000 when Richard (having paddled since he was a child) was offered the chance to buy a canoe business. Loving the industry but not liking the company he decided to set up his own – opening a shop in Gloucestershire and leading to where we are today!

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    Wenonah Argosy Tuf-Weave Flex Core in Caribbean

    The Argosy from Wenonah is a perfect Canoe for you to go and do a solo exploreration of rivers and streams, the Argosy is nimble enough to go through cross currents and over eddy lines. 

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    Please Note: The Image is to show the canoe model and DOES NOT represent the colour. 
    The Argosy has been built with added depth and volume making it perfect to handle in rough water and even whitewater. A solid rocker in the keel adds maneuverability and an ability to lean predictably in tight turns helpng to build confidence.  The Argosy is an ideal canoe for intermediate and advanced paddlers.
    • Length14' 6"  (441.96cm)
    • Gunwale Width27"  (68.58cm)
    • Maximum Width30.25"  (76.835cm)
    • Waterline Width27"  (68.58cm)
    • Stern Depth16"  (40.64cm)
    • Center Depth13.5"  (34.29cm)
    • Bow Depth18"  (45.72cm)
    • Rocker2.5"  (6.35cm)
    Tuf-weave® Flex-Core 46 lbs/20.8kg
    Wenonah's Tuf-weave® material is an interwoven fabric made of 50% polyester and 50% fiberglass that out performs either material alone. The Tuf-weave® layup results in our most durable composite canoes. Tuf-weave® canoes offer improved impact resistance and are a great compromise between light weight, performance, and price. New for 2011 we have revamped our finishing process making for even more weight savings over previous years' models.
    Standard Options
    Colored Gel-Coat Finish
    Silver Aluminum Trim
    Efficiency              6.0
    Maneuverability  10.0
    Capacity               8.0
    Stability                 8.0
    Seaworthy            9.0

    Buyers Guide

    1. How to Choose the Best Canoe For You

    We offer more than 30 canoe models, most of which can be fabricated in several different materials. How do you choose the right canoe for you? Follow these simple steps to help narrow down the decision and ensure you'll find your perfect canoe.
    First, try to narrow your search down to one or two categories of boats. To do this, consider your priorities. How and where do you plan on using this canoe? What type of water are you going to paddle? How much gear are you likely to take along? How skilled are the paddlers?
    Find a category that best matches your basic needs:
    General Touring - Designed to do many things well, they are very versatile. They're stable, maneuverable, efficient and will haul a fair amount of gear. Great family canoes.
    Performance Touring - Light and fast. They track and glide well, and respond best in the hands of experienced paddlers. These designs are true performance boats.
    Sports & Leisure - Popular with beginners, kids, and people who fish, hunt, or take photos. S & L canoes are extremely stable and easy to handle.
    Down River - Perfect for paddling in streams, rivers, and smaller rapids. These fun paddling canoes turn on a dime and slide through eddies.
    Whitewater - Built for paddling the fast water and raging currents of whitewater rivers. Their hulls are contoured for maneuverability and stability in steep leans.
    Expedition - For distance paddling, adventure trips, and big water, they're designed to perform most efficiently when fully loaded with a lot of gear.

    2. Aspects of Performance

    Once you've decided on a category that fits your needs (or more importantly, eliminated the categories that don't) then you select the performance aspects most important to you.
    The main aspects of performance are:
    Efficiency - How far the canoe goes with each stroke. A long glide following the stroke means the canoe is very efficient.
    Maneuverability - How easily the boat will turn. A lot of boats are specifically designed to "Track Straight". We always say it's much easier to turn a boat than keep one going straight.
    Capacity - How much gear and weight the canoe can hold.
    Initial Stability - How "tippy" a boat feels when you're getting in and out of it or when it's resting on calm water.
    Final Stability - How resistant a canoe is to tipping even when leaned or in high winds and waves.
    Seaworthiness - How dry, capable, and predictable the canoe is in large waves or rough waters.

    3. Basic Canoe Design

    Read and understand the basics of Canoe Design. Learn why the different dimensions and hull shapes, both above and below the water line, determine to what degree a canoe will excel at which aspects of performance.
    A canoe's performance is built into its design. The dimensions and shape of the hull above and below the water line, and other variables, determine how efficient, stable, roomy, maneuverable, and seaworthy that canoe is. Of the close to 30 models of canoes in this catalog, no two perform the same. A sports canoe that's stable and easy to paddle will have a different length, width, rocker and streamlining than a performance canoe designed to go fast and glide far. Even within the same category of canoes, subtle differences in design will change their performance.

    Cross Section Shape

    Cross-section shape determines initial and final stability. Initial stability is how stable a canoe feels when upright in calm water. Final stability is how resistant a canoe is to capsizing even when on edge.
    Flat Bottom - Typical for bargain canoes. Flat-bottomed hulls have initial stability, but are unpredictable on waves or if leaned beyond a critical angle.
    Shallow Arch - Characteristic of well-designed hulls. Good initial and final stability. Predictable and responsive when leaned or on waves.
    Shallow "V" - Shaped with a ridge in the center, like a keel. Stable but rides deeper and is less efficient than a shallow arch. May snag on rocks.
    Round Bottom - Extremely rare, used only on canoes for calm-water racing. Very fast, but has no initial stability at all and is tricky to balance.


    Length - Longer canoes track straighter, travel faster, and glide farther. They also hold more and perform better when loaded. Shorter canoes turn easily and are great for paddling on tight streams. Even a 6-inch difference in length can make a dramatic difference in canoe performance.
    Depth - Adding depth to the center of the hull creates more freeboard, which adds capacity and seaworthiness. Adding depth to the bow or stern helps to fend off waves or spray.
    Width - A wider hull has a higher initial stability, but requires more effort to paddle. A narrow hull requires less effort to paddle, but has less initial stability. Width also increases capacity, although not as much as length.
    Flare - A flared hull widens out near the gunwales. It deflects waves and resists capsize.
    Tumblehome - Tumblehome is how the hull curves in toward the gunwales and lets the paddler paddle close to the hull. Both flare and tumblehome may be built into different parts of the same hull. Composites are the only practical material for this purpose, and even then the hull needs stout, wooden gunwales to help hold the complex shapes that combine tumblehome and flare (see the Itasca for an example).
    Rocker - Rocker describes the way some hulls curve up at the ends, like a rocking chair. Rocker plays part in a canoe's maneuverability. Longer canoes with some rocker will maneuver like much shorter canoes. Canoes with a lot of rocker turn more easily, which is why whitewater and down river canoes have steeply rockered ends. Canoes with very little rocker will track straighter.
    Streamlining and Fullness - Different canoes with the same load can require more or less effort to paddle, depending on streamlining and fullness. How fast or how gradual the hull widens influences speed, capacity, and stability. A hull that widens gradually and smoothly is more efficient.
    Entry Line - The entry line is the sharpness of the bow. Blunt entry lines resist impacts better, which is why whitewater canoes generally have blunt entry lines. Sharper entry lines improve the hull's efficiency and tracking.

    Canoe Weights

    Because every canoe we make is handcrafted, weights may vary slightly from the stated figure with standard equipment. Most options add weight including wood trim, sliding seats and foot braces, and optional gel-coat finish. Actual boat weights may vary +/- 5% off the stated figure.

    Maximum Capacities

    Many canoe makers publish specific weight capacities for their hulls.
    These are highly misleading for many reasons:
    Even if you know how much weight you've put into the canoe, water in the bilge rapidly increases the load by an unknown amount.
    If loaded anywhere near its claimed limit, a canoe may not be overloaded officially, but it will handle very poorly.
    Waves or strong current call for an increased safety margin, hence less load.
    Paddlers' skills play a major role in what weight a canoe can transport safely.
    We don't print specific figures. Rather we say our hulls have reserve capacity for their intended use.
    A Heron or Fisherman is for shorter day-trips. A Rogue, Adirondack, Aurora, Kingfisher, or Escapade will take two typical adults with moderate gear. A Spirit, Escape, Boundary Waters or Cascade is meant for two adults with lots of gear. The Minnesota II, and Champlain have a bit more capacity, while the Minnesota 3, and Itasca will carry three to four adults and lots of gear in most situations.
    If you're worried about the capacity of any model (made by us or by anyone), a published figure is not a reliable guide. Load the hull with the intended weight and test it. If the canoe is overloaded, a test will reveal it better than any published figure could.


    There's flotation in each of our pleasure hulls to keep it afloat if filled with water. Royalex® canoes have foam cores giving flotation. Most composite hulls have sealed-air tanks. Tuf-weave® tandems with a Flex-core have polyurethane-filled end tanks.
    However, even though our hulls float filled with water, we strongly advise supplemental air flotation bags for Class II rapids or above. If swamped in rapids, a hull must not just float, but float high to avoid hidden rocks.

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    Deliveries to Northern Ireland, Highlands and Islands are not included as mainland UK for delivery purposes. We will check with our carriers prior to delivery and may contact you by email or telephone if further carriage charges are necessary. You will have the opportunity to accept or cancel the order.

    Some items, such as Royalex and composite canoes, cannot be sent with a carrier as they may get damaged in transit. In such cases, we will inform you by email or telephone immediately on receipt of your order to make alternative arrangements. This may involve carriage charges which will be agreed prior to delivery. If you collect the goods, any delivery charges will be refunded.

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    We reserve the right to change this delivery charge policy at any time and without notice.

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    In accordance with the Distance Selling Directive (2000) you may cancel your order at any time, without reason, within 7 days of delivery. You may cancel your order provided:

    • the goods remain unused and component parts are unopened;
    • you or the recipient retain and take reasonable care of the goods until returned;
    • you return packaged items to us.

    Please be aware that you will be responsible for any postage/carrier costs incurred in sending the goods back to us. We recommend that items being returned be sent via insured, trackable delivery for your protection.

    On receipt of the goods, Canoe and Kayak Store will give you a full refund of the amount paid (less the delivery charge) or a credit as required. Refunds can only be credited back to the original card that the goods were bought with.

    Canoe and Kayak Store can arrange for delivery of replacement products to you if required. This constitutes a separate contract between you and Canoe and Kayak Store. This does not affect your statutory rights.

    Refunds and Exchanges

    In the event that your purchase is not suitable, you have the right to return it to us. The item must be unused, undamaged and with original labels and packaging. You must notify us within 14 days by post, email or telephone of your intention to do this. Please note that you are responsible for any return postage.

    Where you are requiring an exchange we may make a £4 charge to cover the costs of sending the replacement. Large items such as kayaks and paddles may incur a higher charge that will be agreed with you. Payment for this must be provided before we send out the replacement item. This charge does not apply if you collect the replacement goods from Canoe and kayak Store.

    For international orders the charge will vary depending on the current cost of delivery to that country. For an accurate price please contact us before returning the item.

    In the case of warranty returns this charge will be waived as long as the returned goods are clean and free from dirt to comply with current Health and Safety Regulations.

    DVDs and books are not returnable unless defective.

    All of the above does not affect your statutory rights.

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