Canadian Canoe


BMC has designed and manufactured an 18ft Canadian canoe. This canoe was manufactured using the wet lay-up process with fiberglass reinforcement and a polyester resin. An old canoe was gratefully received and touched up to form the canoe plug. A female mould was then taken off this plug and the finished canoe was subsequently taken off the mould.

The canoe will make its maiden voyage later this year.


We are currently manufacturing carbon fibre paddles for use with the Canadian canoe.  The paddles are being produced with carbon fibre, glass fibre, expoy resin and polyurethane foam. The paddles are using a split moulding technique and vacuum bagging for consolidation purposes.

Canadian Canoe

Lead Institution

Belfast Metropolitan College

Key word(s)

Composites, materials, testing, prototyping

Associated Consultants

  • Findhan Strain
  • Martin McNeill

Project Funding

We have access to a range of potential funding mechanisms to support your business collaborate with this project including

ktp Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are based on partnerships between academic groups and companies who need access to skills and knowledge in order to innovate. The academic and industrial partners jointly devise and manage a two or three year programme to achieve the advances the company needs. This programme of work is carried out in the company by a KTP Associate and the resulting relationship can be very challenging and rewarding to all parties
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