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Firefly Overview

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 Silverbirch.

 

 

 

Construction

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All our canoes are manufactured in our own production facility here in Norfolk, United Kingdom and are available in two specially developed constructions:

 

duracore plus

 

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.

 

 

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The outer skin is made with an incredibly stiff and tough whitewater grade plastic – the best we can find, the foam has been optimized to have a lower density, giving us a thicker core than that used in Duracore, 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.

 

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Trim Options

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Both Duracore plus and Duralite laminates come with a choice of trim options. Vinyl is fitted as standard and comes with a webbing seat, ash handles, and an ash thwart. Beautiful, hand crafted ash gunwales are an optional extra.

 

VINYL GUNWALES

 

Broadland vinyl lifestyle 

 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.

 

ASH GUNWALES

 

Broadland wood lifestyle 

 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.

 

Options

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attention to detail, your detail...

 

Every canoe we make is produced in-house here in Norfolk, United-Kingdom. This affords us the ability to offer a wide-range of factory fitted options and customised outfitting positions.

Below are a few examples, but please contact us with any ideas you may have:

 

 

end lacing

 

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Factory fitted lacing, stitched directly through the hull under the gunwale for maximum strength and threaded through polyethylene tubing internally for abrasion resistance.

Our partial lacing is ideal for use with buoyancy bags up to 32" and is perfect for scenarios where you may not want to have your bags permanently fixed in position.

Airbags are not supplied with this option and shown for illustration purposes only.

 

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Full Length Lacing

 

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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.

Painters are available in matching colour.

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Technical Specifications

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  Dimensions


 Overall length - 4360 mm / 14'3"


 Width at gunwale - 749 mm / 29.5"


 Max width - 820 mm / 32.5"


 Rocker bow & stern - 62 mm / 2'5"


 Depth bow & stern - 490 mm / 19.5"


 Depth middle - 300 mm / 12"


 

DuraLITE


 Ash gunwales - 25.5 Kg / 56 lb


 Vinyl gunwales - 27.0 Kg / 59.5 lb


 DuraCORE


 Ash gunwales - 28.0 Kg / 61.5 lb


 Vinyl gunwales - 29.5 Kg / 65 lb


 

 

 

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