Shearwater Decked Sailing Canoelugsail ketch rig on Old Town PenobscotCustom Built Clinker Ply Constructionleeboard with thwart and bracketLeeboard bracket

Solway Dory is the principal manufacturer of sailing canoes in the UK and Europe. We have a workshop in the Lake District where we produce a range of our own designs of sailing canoes and accessories for canoe sailing. These are made by us in our own workshop. We sell our products direct to our customers, this helps us to keep our costs & prices down.



We make a variety of sailing rigs for the canoeist to fit to a paddling canoe. These are all carefully designed specifically for canoe sailing and are an effective and economical way of getting into canoe sailing.



We also provide a custom design service where we can design and make sailing canoes in wood. We have many years of experience designing, building and using sailing canoes.



We have a range of accessories so you can fit out your own canoe for sailing, here you will find: outriggers, leeboards, rudders, buoyancy, etc.



Many people make homebuilt plywood canoes and often there is a sailing rig on the plan. Whilst many people can make a good canoe hull it is harder to make a good sail or hydrofoil shaped lee-board/rudder blade. The results can be disappointing and make it more difficult to learn to sail. Investing in a professionally made sailing rig & accessories will make it easier to learn to sail and the results more enjoyable.



If you want to make some parts yourself then we can still help you with the difficult bits like the leeboard bracket or rudder fittings. We can also supply other fittings if you are having difficulty sourcing them. Please contact us. We are always happy to give you advice on any sailing canoe project.