UK Sea Kayak Shops?

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UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by Little Rascal » Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:38 am

Hi all, just getting back into paddling after a few years spent sailing.

When I last looked it was Knoydart, Brookbank and AS Watersports... Many happy hours spent pouring over their brochures! It seems these are all gone now.

Can anyone tell me: what are the best current outlets for sea kayaks and gear?

I'm also interested in demoing a few boats as my old Pyranha Orca will need replacing at some point. What's the best way to do this these days?

Thanks,
Jon

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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by MikeB » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:51 pm

Where are you?

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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by StillNewish » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:41 pm

AS are certainly still around;

http://www.aswatersports.co.uk/

or

https://www.facebook.com/aswatersports/?fref=ts

Brookbank are certainly gone, not sure about the other one.

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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by ruralweb » Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:22 pm

Sea Kayak Oban has a huge selection of boats to demo and the sea is 200m away :)
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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by Little Rascal » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:17 pm

Ah ok, that's good, I must have had a broken link.

I'm in Peterborough. But I'd expect to travel to demo boats obviously. I've also been looking at the possibility of building a CNC Shrike.

Knoydart were in Penrith. I couldn't find a functional website for them either.


Thanks,
Jon

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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by MikeB » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:41 pm

Many of the B/bank shops ended up under the name Go Kayaking, and of course are very much focussed on canoeing / kayaking kit generically. Knoydart used to be one of the go-to retailers for specialist kit, but these days the retail side doesn't exist as they are focussed on the Tiderace involvement.

Sea Kayak Oban is very much a specialist retailer, dedicated totally to sea kayaking, as is Yamba in Preston. There are of course many other excellent retailers, but I don't know of others who are 100% sea kayak.

Mike

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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by kippers711 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:14 pm

AS watersports is a great shop, right on the basin, so very easy to try boats out for fit. Nothing seems too much trouble for these guys, ive spent plenty of my hard earned cash there, just because, its easy to see and try the kit first hand. i dont like buying from online retailers too much simply because i like to try before i buy. I think ewart is the man to speak to down there, even if he is a little strange!

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Post by nigelhatton » Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:39 pm

Personally I would recommend AS Watersports in Exeter because I have a house in Devon, excellent service from Euran Mitch etc plus I spent a few thousand there because I trust them.

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Post by MYSSAK » Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:46 pm

If you ever travel to London and are interested in trying Tiderace kayaks let me know. I have number of their kayaks for demo.
If you are interested in particular model/size which I don't have right now I can get it for demo day on 5th November.

Michal

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Post by Mark Gawler » Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:59 pm

I've heard good things about Summit to Sea on Anglesey. I've never used them personally, as I have an execelent local dealer South Coast Canoes. Simon is always exteamly helpful.
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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by Little Rascal » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:29 pm

Thanks for the pointers, much appreciated.

Might take you up on that Michal!

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Post by TechnoEngineer » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:51 pm

See:
http://www.tideraceseakayaks.co.uk/deal ... ak-centre/

and

http://www.tideraceseakayaks.co.uk/find ... dealer/uk/

No-one's mentioned Avoncraft - I think they've gone too.

IIRC Woodmill in Southampton had some Sea Kayaks, as well as Brighton Canoes. Possibly the other "canoe shops UK" outlets as well.

Going to Michal's Demo day at Shadwell would be worthwhile.
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Post by rockhopper » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:48 am

Kent Canoes
https://www.kentcanoes.co.uk/index.html

or

Whitewater the canoe centre
http://www.whitewaterthecanoecentre.co.uk/

I've had great service from both of them.

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Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Post by MikeB » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:30 pm

Mark Gawler wrote:I've heard good things about Summit to Sea on Anglesey.
I've had excellent service from them -

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