NAUTIRAID Skin-on-Frame Folding Canoes


Nautiraid's folding canoes have aluminium longitudinal frames with reinforced plastic cross members, covered over by a tough PVC skin. They are beautifully designed, and much more hydrodynamic than inflatable types. Stabilair low-pressure inflatable tubes down the sides give heeled stability and buoyancy (all models).

The popular Beach 390 (approx. 13ft) open canoe pictured below has a maximum load capacity of 180kg. Once dismantled this fits in a single bag measuring just 110x35x15cm - so you can carry it in the back of almost any car, or even as baggage on a plane! Price for this model is £1,275. There is also a smaller one-person version (max load 80kg), the Beach 325, at £995.
For touring expeditions - packing serious loads - there is the Rando 450 at £1850, and the Rando 520 (pictured below, in Norway) at £2050, with an enormous carrying capacity of up to 350kg.
The 450 is perhaps best-suited to the more accomplished paddler; the 520 is more forgiving and will take greater loads - the whole family even, with additional seats (option) - but not quite as responsive.

PDF price list and specification sheet (all Nautiraid boats) here:
Nautiraid kayaks and canoes 2014


People often ask "how long do they take to assemble?", and the answer depends on how many times you've done it before, and how much of a hurry you're in...
For the largest model, the Rando 520, it's possible to get from folded up in the car boot to assembled in the water, in 20 minutes - or possibly even a bit less (it might take you double that the first time though). The 450 is similar; the 390 and 325 have fewer frames so 15 minutes is realistic. There is nothing particularly difficult in the process and much of it is akin to assembling a tent, only with much heavier duty poles and skin.  

Getting a conventional "hardshell" canoe out of the water, onto a roof rack, and safely tied down, could easily take just as long or longer - and is not always practical if you're alone/ travelling long distances/ towing a caravan etc. We don't think many airlines would accept an object 5.2m (over 17ft) long as baggage either... even the (largest in range) Nautiraid Rando 520 fits in a bag measuring just 110x60x25cm, and weighs less than 25kg. 

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