The Moa is Ruahine's first Canadian Canoe. Ruahine owner, Tim Taylor, has a passion for hunting and adventure so he wanted a canoe for extended river trips.
Designed to have the best compromise of balance and speed, it has a fine cutting bow, wide mid section, and flat hull for stability. This basically means it retains its speed on the flat and is stable in the rough stuff.
These canoes are custom built so the exact layout will vary depending on your requirements. The standard layout comes with regular canoe seats and both front and rear bulkheads. We can also custom fit any accessory you want. Examples include rod holders, barrel straps or as pictured, fully sealed storage seats with waterproof hatches. Prices will vary so please enquire if you have something specific in mind.
Tim’s Tips: in June I took Te Moa on its first voyage down the Whanganui River. I found it to be extremely responsive and easy to control. I actually used a kayak paddle as this was quicker for solo paddling but with two people, standard canoe paddles will move it along a a very good speed. The gear storage that we incorporated into the seats and bulkheads were an absolute lifesaver as they kept everything dry despite 3 days of rain. You can read about the trip on this blog post, Whanganui River in a new canoe
Suitable for all
We work on a 3-4 week turnaround. In many cases we will be able to supply before the three weeks is up however, these are a hand-made product so they do take time to produce and we often have multiple orders in the system. we will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.
Shipping and Pickup
We are based in Mount Maunganui and kayaks can be picked up directly from my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask for an estimate.
All fiberglass kayaks come with a white hull. This looks smart and doesn't show up as many scratches caused by rocks. The deck can be either a single, block colour (great if you want to display sponsors logo's) or your choice of two colours that are faded together. Please note that the colours are mixed in with the resin at the time of laying up the kayak so not everything is possible. At the time of ordering we will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.
Our composite kayaks have a white hull. If you would like a clear hull (to show off the beauty of the fibres) please be aware that micro bubbles and resin pockets may be visible. The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. We prefer to have this coloured to prevent the sun from heating it up too much but if you wish I can also do the top with a clear coat.