When we set out to design the Firefly we had a very clear brief in mind - to design the most versatile solo canoe we could.
A canoe that would be at home in a wide-variety of conditions and with a wide variety of loads. A canoe that would paddle well on open stretches of flat water, but would also be at home on moderate moving water. A canoe that paddles well with a light payload, but is also more than capable of extended tripping.
And crucially - a solo canoe that is light enough to carry solo........
With weights as light as 25.5kg we are confident we have the last point covered, as for everything else..... an extended prototyping process has left us with a balanced and graceful canoe and thanks to its carefully considered sidewall profile one that takes a wide variety of payloads and water conditions in it's stride!
The Firefly is truly a beautiful boat to paddle and has already become a real staff favourite here at The Boathouse.
Duracore plus is a tough and durable three-layer Polyethylene material.
Made to last with a tough, high-density outer skin, a closed cell foam core, and a medium density inside skin to help dissipate the energy from impacts.
Duracore plus is made with a tough, UV stable, and abrasion resistant outer skin, and is easily repairable at home should you ever have an accident and damage it.
The outer skin is made with an incredibly stiff and tough whitewater grade plastic – the best we can find, the foam has been optimised to have a lower density, giving us a thicker core than that used in Duracore plus, and the material distribution between the layers has been optimised to make the most of the superior materials.
The result? Stiffer, lighter, and yet just more durable!
The noticeable weight saving over our Duracore laminate puts many models made with Duralite into close competition with more expensive canoes produced with composite or royalex construction methods.
Our custom vinyl gunwale profile is matched with webbing seats, plastic end plates, and ash handles and carrying yoke to give a durable, low maintenance outfitting option.
Every canoe with ash gunwales is hand finished with pride at our Norfolk production facility. After carefully fitting the ash profiles, the gunwales are planed and oiled by hand, and then matched with ash end plates, ash handles and carrying yoke, and webbing bound ash seats. Not only does it give a beautiful, natural finish, but is several kilos lighter than the vinyl alternative.
Full length lacing of your canoe creates internal attachment points at 80mm intervals throughout the length of your canoe, ideal for securely attaching gear, cargo, and buoyancy to.
Massively boosting the versatility of your boat, full length lacing allows you to quickly vary the configuration of your airbags and gear or to remove it all completely when not needed. As such full length lacing is one of our most popular options.
Airbags are not supplied with this option and shown for illustration purposes only.
Rope End Grabs
Factory fitted rope end grabs, drilled directly through your hull using 10mm floating line in either yellow or orange.