Broadland 16

 Classic “Prospector” lines in a 16’ hull gives our Broadland 16 the versatility to switch from solo use with fishing tackle or a large dog to family days out and canoe-camping trips

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4845 mm
934 mm
38.5 Kgs

Overview | Broadland 16

Our Broadland 16 sits firmly in the classic “Prospector” class as popularised by Bill Mason and analysed by John Winters

 By optimizing the rocker, chine, camber, and sidewall profile from classic “Prospector” designs, we shaped the Broadland 16 as confidence inspiring canoe to paddle anywhere from local waterways to the classic wilderness environments of “traditional” canoe journeying.

Choose this canoe for family use or for tandem canoeing on trips and journeys. 

Starting point

All good stories have to start somewhere...  

For a Silverbirch canoe this somewhere is our Duracore plus construction with Vinyl gunwales.

Offering a tough, durable, and versatile package our Duracore plus models are great value. They're also the perfect start point for configuring a truly bespoke canoe:



Duracore +

Vinyl Gunwales

White Internal Colour

2 x Wood Web Seat

Standard Yoke


Length: 4565 mm | Width: 934 mm | Weight: 36kg

From £1549

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Make it your own

Broadland 16s may be DuraCore PLUS or DuraLITE, with a Lowline or Highline Cut, and with Vinyl or Ash Gunwales – all of which change the “feel” of the canoe.

Of course, our Broadland 16s come as “standard” in a range of internal and external colours, but may also be ordered as “custom” with striking multi-colour fades. Additional factory customisations range from choice of seats, thwarts and yoke to endloops and lacing. Depending on your choices, weights can range from 31.5Kg to 38.5 Kg.

Step 1

Choose your Construction

Step 2
Choose your Colour

Step 3

Choose your Trim

Step 4

Choose your Seating

Step 5

Choose your Lacing

Step 5

Choose your Options

Construction Options

Every “traditional” model in the Silverbirch Canoes range benefits from class-leading technical moulding which optimises material distribution in ways which give each hull “engineered strength” based around our tapered-foam technology.

Our Broadland 16 is available in two constructions. One prioritises durability over weight and is ideal for professional use. The other is optimised for recreational users in ways which puts Silverbirch Canoes in close competition with more expensive composite or Royalex craft. 


Duracore Plus is made to last, combining a tough, high-density outer skin, a closed cell foam core, and a medium density inside skin to help dissipate the energy from impacts.


DuraLITE offers a noticeable weight saving over Duracore PLUS, with a slight drop in abrasion-resistance but without any reduction in hull-stiffness.


Duralite Colour Options

Colour Options

How would you like your canoe to stand out?

Our Duralite Firefly 14 canoes benefit from custom colour options internally and externally and gives you weight reductions of 2.5 kgs

* Not available as internal ** White is internal colour only


Forest Green


Electric Blue


Firebrick Red


Vivid Yellow


Lime Green


Candy Pink


Burnt Orange


Purple *


Jet Black *


White (Internal Only) **


Gunwales and Trim

Every Canoe is finished to your specifications by our team of paddle-sport enthusiasts at our dedicated production facility in the East of England.

Every vinyl gunwale we fit is matched with our custom-shaped polyethlene end plates and ash handles to give a durable, low maintenance outfitting option.

Every ash gunwale is hand finished then matched with ash end plates and ash handles. Every piece is oiled by hand to give a beautiful, natural finish which is also several kilos lighter than the vinyl alternative.

Ash Gunwales

Lightweight, Resilient, Beautiful plus 1.5 kg weight saving

Vinyl Gunwales

UV Resistant, Durable, Low Maintenance

Seating Options

As standard, the Firefly solo comes outfitted with a wood/web seat. This can be changed to a curved wood/web seat, a curved cane seat, or simply outfitted with a kneeling thwart.

Wood Web

Standard and Curved Options

Curved Cane

Looks great with Ash Gunwales

Plastic Seats

A more durable option

Lacing Options

Our factory-fitted lacing is stitched directly through the hull, immediately under the gunwale, and is threaded through polyethylene tubing internally for abrasion resistance.


Full Lacing

Full length lacing on Silverbirch Canoes extends the concept of laced and stitched and provides internal attachment points under the gunwales all along the inside of the canoe. This style of lacing may be used for attachment points in white water safety and rescue scenarios.

End Lacing

Silverbirch Canoes with laced and stitched ends are set up for additional flotation in the bow and stern. The lacing is exclusively 3mm, 8 plaid Marlow Rope, and can be any of a range of colours. On the inside of the canoe, the lacing runs through clear hose.

Custom Outfitting

We outfit every boat to suit your requirements with pride in our Norfolk production facility

There is no such thing as a 'standard-use' for a canoe. Each and every paddler has unique set of needs, and each and every boat should be as unique as the paddler using it.

We can help!

We work with an incredible team of paddlers and engineering professionals around the world to design and build the best canoes possible.

Offering you the ability to customise a boat to your exact needs is a natural extension of this passion and allows us to craft something completely unique for you and your needs

 Steve Childs - Silverbirch Canoes Director

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