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Canoe Booms

Our Canoe Boom design was developed following trials with coaching staff from the British Canoe Union. They are installed upstream of hazards (weirs, sluices, spillways, intakes, flood channels etc) to restrain canoes, kayaks, dinghies and other light craft.

These Canoe Booms can be orientated to allow experienced canoeists to pass while restraining novices that may get into difficulties in kayaks or other light craft if they continued downstream. We have had no reports of debris accumulation with these booms - the floats roll over it allowing the debris to pass through.  The ends can be secured either with ground anchors, blocks, wall plates, etc; or with piles using fixed clamps or level compensator floats.

Canoe Boom Installations

See more photos in the Safety Booms gallery here

Safety Features

  • Enough freeboard to restrain light craft
  • Access behind the boom if necessary for experienced users or authorised staff
  • All stressed components supplied with test certificates
  • No moving parts under stress (such as swivels)
  • Optional colours and lettering
  • Debris self clearing

Bolina Standards

  • New tooling for float mouldings (low profile colours available)
  • Polyethylene floats are rotation moulded to Montreal Protocol standards
  • Proven long-term UV stability
  • Floats foamed with Lloyds Registered marine grade material (except for Environment Booms)
  • All components made to ISO 9001 standards
  • Steel components hot dip galvanised to ISO 1461
  • Certified welding quality
  • 30 years experience in flotation
  • Past experience in mouldings for MOD, RNLI, ABP, EA, HIE, BW
  • Thorough design and execution of boom projects

Construction Features

  • Easy assembly and installation
  • Virtually unsinkable construction
  • Easy component replacement if damaged
  • Maintenance reduced to occasional inspections
  • Wire floats are unstressed
  • Typically 16 ton M.B.L. wire rope
  • Tidal compensators that are self aligning (to avoid jamming)
  • Optional colours and lettering for floats

Booms that were deployed with the above features soon saved lives.