Ireland By Sail, Oar & Paddle

A Freight Class Cruise
August 5–14, 2017

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First-Class Cruising
on a Freight-Class Budget

What if you could explore the world’s waterways on your small boat? The Northwest Maritime Center, Small Craft Advisor Magazine, and Pygmy Kayaks are teaming up to unlock world cruising for the small boat set, and for our first “freight class cruise” we’re packing boats into a shipping container and heading to Ireland’s River Shannon.

Here’s How It Works


  • Bring your small boat (20′ or less, no more than 7′ beam) and gear to the NWMC by June 24th.
  • We’ll get it safely packed into a dedicated shipping container.
  • You meet up with your boat in Killaloe, Ireland.
  • Come along for our 10-day itinerary or go on your own adventure on Ireland’s River Shannon.
  • Have your boat back in Killaloe by August 14th to have it shipped home.
  • We’ll take care of getting your boat to and from Ireland. You take care of your lodging, flights, etc.
  • Bring as many people as can fit on your boat. We only charge for shipping.

Cruise on the River Shannon

The River Shannon is Ireland’s picturesque central waterway of lakes, canals, and natural waterways connected by small, manually operated locks. Row up and operate the locks yourself, then head to the pubs, small towns, and cultural attractions that line the Shannon’s banks. Ever wanted to row to an island with a castle on it? We’ll do that too. Camp at night or stay in the lodgings in the hamlets we pass. We’ll have an itinerary, and you’re welcome to join us or go on your own. This isn’t a paint by numbers trip, but a chance to cruise in company and explore Ireland from the water.

10 Places to Visit on the River Shannon

Freight Cost

Kayaks
& Canoes
$1,300

  • Shipping to and from Ireland
  • Invitation to join our itinerary
  • Flights, lodging, food, etc.

Scamps
$2,400

Up to 13′ x 5′ x 4′

  • Shipping to and from Ireland
  • Invitation to join our itinerary
  • Flights, lodging, food, etc.

Boats
$2,500

up to 20′ x 6′ x 2.5′

  • Shipping to and from Ireland
  • Invitation to join our itinerary
  • Flights, lodging, food, etc.