Ebay is a great place to start looking for a new or your first open canoe – The Old Town brand is probably the most well known and established brand and really cannot be beaten in many ways, although there are other choices. But for a beginner looking to own your first open canoe then something like the Old Town Discovery range is a great place to start. Here’s what’s on Ebay currently in that range:
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[Update: the new Wild Canvas Australian Swags are now available to buy online from www.australianswags.co.uk - see latest post.
It's surprisingly hard to get hold of a real swag in the UK. I inherited my Razorback swag from my wife's family when we were living Down Under several years ago: that's the brown one below and shown in our main post about swag-camping here (and you'll see it pop up all across this site as it's been my main outdoor accommodation for ages now - I haven't used a tent for 7 years...).
There's a lot of swags available on Ebay, from Australia see here http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?LH_AvailTo=3&_nkw=swag+canvas - worth a look but the postage is pretty heavyweight - but great for looking at the real Aussie swags that are available over there: lots of different shapes and sizes.
Update: Another company based in Devon also sells Australian style swags - they are made in the UK unlike the imported ones above, but are based faithfully on the original Australian designs - see http://www.wruffit.co.uk/ for details:
[Edit: Seems that Wruffit are no longer trading... website has been down for a long time and no answer on their phone number - so one less place to buy a swag now!]
An authentic Australian Swag for sale in the UK by www.wruffit.co.uk