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Go canoeing
in a
Wayland folding kayak !

70% of the earth's surface is covered by water. You just need to select a folding kayak and go paddling!


12/12/19 - Website maintenance
Please bear with us whilst the website is ungoing maintenace, updates, clean up etc. Do email us with any enquiries you may have using the email address as shown in the banner above

Can I paddle anywhere?
In the UK, you need a license to paddle in most of the waterways, rivers, lakes, etc.
BCU membership (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Scotland Canoe Association and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland) includes a licence to paddle on 5000km of Britain's waterways and canals.

Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some are privately owned or is bounded by land which is private, so do check beforehand. See Useful Web sites page.

In other countries, do check with your national kayak organisations and waterway / off-shore agencies etc.

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Assembly and Maintenance Guides

Assembly & Disassembly

There are slight personal variations in which you can assemble the boat, but overall the general sequence is the same. Your first time attempt with a folding kayak will take over an hour, the 2nd attempt, maybe around 45 minutes, the 3rd attempt will be around 30 minutes, then it becomes an easy and regular 10-20 minutes thereafter. With multi-seater kayaks, if you work like a well drilled military team, you can do it in 10-12 minutes! The world record for a single seater is 4 minutes.

Overview of the assembly sequence:-

The kayak is assembled in 5 basic stages:-

1) Prepare the site. Choose a fairly flat area to assemble the kayak. Sort the pieces and lay them out so that they are ready when needed. Care must be taken if you have kids running about - some frame pieces can break if stood on, so do place the stringers / longerons smartly !

2) Build the frame halves. Assemble the bow and stern frame halves up to the keel board hinge (do not build beyond the keelboard hinge) - cross ribs and stringers are connected to the keel board.

3) Frame into the skin. Insert the frame halves into the skin and marry the frame halves by connecting and pushing the keel board down and the gunwales outwards. The frame should naturally slide in - if not, there could be snagging, especially if there are internal hooks for the lifting D-rings / sail rig D-rings.

4) Finish the frame
4a) - Fit the outer pair of cross ribs first and then the middle cross rib last.
4b) - Fit the stringers / longerons.
4c) - Fit the cockpit side coaming's / breakwaters and rear boomerang. The multi-seaters have a triangular mast bracket - this is bolted down.
4d) - Inflate the sponsons.

5) Fit the furniture. Fit the seats, rudder pedals and rudder. It is recommended that for the first few paddles, leave the rudder pedals / rudder out.

Detailed Assembly Guides
This section of the web site is currently 'Work in Progress', so please bear with us. Pages will be added as soon as we have taken new photos to show the different assembly processes. If you need an Assembly Guide, we may have an 'old' PDF version already available - email us.

Harpoon I 450 / 500XL, Mk II Achilli 450 / 500XL - coming soon
Proximo I - coming soon
Amazon II 520, Mk II Zoska 520 - available
Mk II Zoska 550 - coming soon
Trojak III+CH 520 / Trojak III+D 520 - coming soon
Amazon II 600XXL, Mk II Zoska 600XXL - coming soon
Ursus IV 700 - coming soon

Assembly advice / tips
- First thing! You should comply with your country’s rules and regulations for kayaking safety and use. Ensure that you are licensed or have permission to use the kayak in that particular dam, lake, or stretch of river, waterway, etc.
- Choose flat level ground free of sharp stones, rough ground, etc. In some areas, using a groundsheet to assemble your kayak on, can be useful.
- When unpacking your new kayak for the first time, make note of the way all the parts are packed, so that you may re-pack the same way after disassembly.
- To become familiar with your boat quickly, on your first or second assembly it is recommended that you try complete the frame assembly without inserting into the hull. If you are unfamiliar with folding kayaks this will help you to learn how everything fits together. This will make things easier later when you have to make connections inside the hull where it is not easy to see what is wrong. Completing the frame outside of the hull also provides the opportunity to paint or tape identifying marks on the parts if you think that will help you with subsequent assemblies. On some model boats, the standard colour coding system is used, which is green or blue for the front half and red for the rear half, otherwise there are numbers on the ribs and keel board (#1 being at the front).
- Preparation prior to assembly helps with the efficiency and pleasure in building your boat. Sort and lay out the frame pieces along side according to the direction of the unraveled skin.
- Do not 'fight' with the boat by standing up / bending over while trying to assemble - work with the boat by positioning yourself comfortably and kneel next to the task on hand where necessary. On some boats, fitting the cockpit ribs can be difficult becuase the skin may distort the gunwales (or the ground is uneven) so that the alu tongues on the gunwales do not quite align with the side clip locks on the cross ribs. Get inside the boat and assemble from there. When inside the boat, you can use your elbows to push aside the sides of the boat to position a cross rib into place.
- Inflate the sponsons equally in stages (never fully inflate one side then the other side). The sponsons must not be very hard or very soft. A rough guide is as hard as you can inflate by mouth. Do let some air out in the middle of a hot day. If the boat has zipper / velcro hatches, ensure the hatches are closed when inflating. Also if you have been paddling out in the sun - let some air out before opening the zippered hatches.

Disassembly advice / tips

- Choose a clean area to disassemble! A ground sheet / mesh nylon carpet is useful if the the location is a sandy beach, or rough and stoney ground, or the area is riddled with bird poo !
- Rivers can be really filthy after floods, or there may be some slime, sea salt, sand, mud, etc sticking to the hull. Give the hull and deck a quick wipe using clean water before you start the disassembly. It is important to remove any plant matter stuck to the hull, to prevent any alien species from spreading to other rivers, canals, waterways, etc.
- It is never good idea to pack a wet skin, unless you plan to unpack to dry the skin when you get home. Plan to make the drying and cleaning process as part of your disassembly routine. Choosing a sunny spot, and having super absorbent drying cloths and a bottle of clean water helps. Remove excess water from inside the boat first (keep boat right side up at all times), proceed with the disassembly and remove the frame halves out of the skin. then return to wiping any excess water on the floor of the hull. If necessary, place two cross ribs inside the hull to keep the deck off the floor to speed up the drying process, and then return to cleaning and packing of the rest of the frame.
- Pull all air plugs before dismantling! Trying to disassemble the kayak whilst the sponsons are inflated is very difficult !
- Ensure that any internal reinforcement hooks for Lifting D-Rings (straps that hook onto the gunwales) are all unhooked from the frame.
- Ensure that the bow and stern stringers are securely clamped in the rubber seats prior to extracting the frame halves from the skin.
- Frame halves should natually slide out without snagging. Possible snag problem areas are stringers catching into the sponson sleeves, internal hooks catching onto the frame, or a sponson is twisted right in the front
and caught in the first side ladder frame section.
- The skin should be packed / folded in such a way so that the sponsons is laid down flat for the entire length.


- (Coming soon)

Please note that Wayland PL (factory) is constantly innovating and improving all products. EG product descriptions on this site is subject to change without prior notice. In the event of a major un-announced description change or change / omission of inclusive accessories by the factory, you will not receive products in a lesser total value to what was originally ordered

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