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MalcolmT
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Medway Canoe Trail

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Has anyone shot the weirs on the Medway Canoe Trail in Kent (U.K.) in a skin on frame kayak and emerged unscathed? Is this an advisable course of action? It looks like great fun but not if it is injurious to one's craft.

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Re: Medway Canoe Trail

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Hi Malcolm,
We took my Ally canoe (pvc skin on aluminium frame) down a few of the less fierce shoots a few years ago. It was fine and emerged unscathed. (Tip, move the bow paddler back a station so that you are bow light or he's likely to get a lap full of water.) I've forgotten which of the shoots they are but there are a couple that are a bit steeper, and my friends (who were in that boat that trip) declined to go down those. We did watch an inflatable go down the steepest one (which has a reputation) a couple of times, while we portaged around, and they looked like they were having a lot of fun. But of course they don't have a frame to break/bend and the flex was noticeable when they hit the water at the bottom--I would imagine that might put a lot of strain on an aluminium or wooden frame.
You might get some more tips on this from the (more UK-based) Song of the Paddle website. The thing to watch out for would be if there are any warnings about of odd angle-iron or anything else that might cause scrapes or punctures. (I think one of the Medway environment agency people posts on sotp under the name of Medway Squirrel--he should have up to date info.)
Let us know how you get on.
Ian

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Re: Medway Canoe Trail

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Thank you very much Ian.
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