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Gatz-Kanus Arno Gatz

Bergisch Gladbacher Str. 787, 51069 Köln

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boot 2022 hall map (Hall 14): stand E41

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.05  Kayaks/Canoes/Rowing Boats
  • 01.05.02  Canoes

Our products

Product category: Canoes

Canadian 475

Canoe for 2 adults plus child and luggage. The Canadian 475 accelerates very quickly, then runs effortlessly easy and is safe and easy to maneuver. Its manoeuvrability is convincing. The ideal place for canoes with V-bottoms are deeper waters, but the Canadian can also be used on small rivers. Note on availability: In the shop available boats please ask by phone, delivery times vary in the current pandemic situation due to worldwide problems in the flow of raw materials, holidays, etc. very strongly.

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Product category: Canoes


The CREE. An elegant large canoe. Runs fast and lies safely in the water. The 6 fixed benches can comfortably seat up to 8 adults. The Cree is ideal for large families, small groups and especially for canoe rentals, especially whenever the other GATZ large canoe models Big Canadian and Ontario are too small or too big.
Note on availability: Please call the shop for boats in stock, delivery times vary greatly in the current pandemic situation due to worldwide problems in the flow of raw materials, public holidays, /etc.

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Product category: Canoes


The canoe from the Canadian series for applications where volume and an even safer water position are decisive criteria. This Canadian is suitable with 4 seats for up to 4 adults. As an all-rounder, the canoe combines good manoeuvrability with good straight running characteristics.
Note on availability: In the shop available boats please ask by phone, delivery times vary in the current pandemic situation due to worldwide problems in the flow of raw materials, holidays, etc. very strongly.

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About us

Company portrait

COMPANY HISTORY - The story behind

Canadier, developed by canoeists - The history of GATZ-KANUS

GATZ: Master craftsman and boat designer

GATZ-KANUS manufactures authentic Canadier designs,
optimised for today's areas of application.

High-tech materials from all over the world, state-of-the-art production processes, creativity and perfect craftsmanship. All this combines to a perfect symbiosis of the boat form, which had its origin in the forests of Canada, with the demands, which are made on a product "Made in Germany" today.

Take a look back with us into the history of the company that was and still is significantly involved in the development of canoeing in Germany and Europe.


In this year in Cologne-Dellbrück by Arno and Sighild Gatz as a master carpenter business founded the development of Canadiern begins. Craftsmanship, the experience of many active years in the boat and the need for a functional piece of sports equipment beyond the fragile folding boats come together. In 1962, the world's first mass-produced touring canoe made of fibreglass-reinforced plastics was created. A material that was largely unknown at the time and one of many pioneering achievements that soon established the reputation of the outstanding quality of GATZ-KANUS. Since then, all moulds and models have been produced in the company's own workshops. Arno Gatz develops the unique, mottled colours that so harmoniously match the canoe. Many more models follow, single and crew canoes complete the program. New materials are continuously tested and flow into the production.


The Gatz-YUKON is launched, the Canadier shown in the picture. Because few people knew the name at the time, the boat was later renamed the Colorado, 25 years before a Gatz canoe was to sail the Grand Canyon on this river. The boat on the photo is still in use today, after almost 5 decades, and can be seen in the Gatz canoe shop in Cologne next to an original Indian birch bark canoe.


The Alkonkin, with its distinctive bow horns, is launched as the first team canoe. Soon the first races are run with this type of boat. Most of the Algonkins produced in the following years are still in use today. At the end of the 60s, the first Gatz tipi tents are sewn, which are still being produced today.


The catalogue of that time already shows a Gatz canoe in Canada, on board Elmar Engel, who became famous as a writer not only with his Canada books. The boat types in the catalogue show Mohawk, Colorado, Ottawa, Algonkin and with the Northern Light also the first Gatz Eskimo kayak, which was co-developed by Ernst Kaeufer.


In the summer of 1972 a first series of Gatz canoes goes to Labrador/Canada to the wilderness camp of Elmar Engel. On the spot Arno Gatz assembles the canoes sent as a kit. Many Germans experience their very personal Canadian dream at the log cabin camp while fishing, hiking and (Gatz) canoeing. New models are the smaller crew canoe Cree, the Ohio (still built with 2 big hatches), the first Cherokee, the Greenlander as a safer alternative to the Northern Lights and the children's Alaska (predecessor of today's Kobold).


The catalogue is adorned with a picture of Ernst Becher, who has paddled the Nahanni in his canoe and portaged the Virginia Falls. New models are the Kiowa, a white water canoe and the Kodiak-Eski.


Mohawk 470x90, Cherokee 500x100 and the now renamed Mohawk 520 Yukon are also on the market. For a short time, the Uff, a new concept of single-shell canoes, a model that was also available split for easy transport, caused a sensation.


With the Yoho 1-80 the founder of the so successful YOHO series of Gatz canoes is born. Gatz canoes are launched on the Bowron Lakes in British Columbia, at that time an insider's tip, today a paradise that is often too crowded. Mohawk-type Gatz canoes are displayed and raffled off in stores nationwide as the prize of an advertising campaign. Hundreds of yellow Mohawks find enthusiastic friends. Kevlar fabrics from DuPont (today called Aramide) find their way from the aerospace industry into the mass production of Gatz canoes as reinforcing fabrics.


Hans Memminger shoots "Canada in a Canoe" a much acclaimed film with Gatz canoes in Canada. Among others, the Big Salmon is canoed long before professional outfitters discover and market this river as a gem of the Canadian wilderness. A river that is still worthwhile today and to which Arno Gatz has often returned. Joining him on Big Salmon and Kicking Horse River are the new Yoho 2, Mohawk 470 and Labrador.


The now published catalogue shows beside many pictures of Canada the Yoho 2, the brand new Yoho 1-70, the traditional Ojibwa and with 9m length and 250kg weight the biggest canoe made by Gatz-Kanus, the Huron.


The boat lettering is now in the Rodeo script. With the Labrador, another kayak is added to the range. This year also marks the beginning of the success story of the Gatz-Ontario team canoe, which continues to this day.


Gatz-Kanus looks back on 20 years in which it has succeeded in making the canoe known as a family and touring boat, and continues to look positively into the future. The moose logo shows itself in a more graphic, modern form. The GRP seat brackets, which have made it possible to remove and tilt the seats since the first Canadians, are replaced by functional injection-moulded elements. The model range grows to include the Yoho 3 and Athabasca series and is constantly refined.


The models of the Dakota series and the kayaks Nunivak 1 and Nunivak 2 are new to the range. The Inuit is introduced as the first 3-person kayak on the market and finds many friends thanks to its multifunctionality as a canoe and kayak.


Gatz-Kanus celebrates 25 years with a new extensive catalogue and a coherent overall concept.


Olaf Gatz and Arno Wiedenmann run the entire Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the Yoho 1-70 and Yoho 2. A special endurance test, not only for the material. Spectacular pictures of overturns in tremendous water force and of Gatz canadiers in impressive scenery are created. The film "Over the Edge" by Jochen Schweizer and Oliver Riesenberger documents this ascent and also shows pictures of the Yoho 2 in the Schwarzbach Falls. The Yoho 470PE is introduced to the market and quickly proves to be a favorite for rental companies and tour operators. Initially still constructed in solid PE with hollow keel, the series is soon converted to 3-layer sandwich polyethylene.


As a result of the Grand Canyon Tour, Olaf Gatz develops the Yaqui, an excellent, fast touring canoe that can also cope well with heavier white water. The fast Track is also launched.


The great success of the Yoho 470PE leads consequently to the development of the Cherokee 527PE. Based on the popular Cherokee series, this is one of the largest polyethylene canoes manufactured in the world to date. Its robustness, reliability and performance, combined with its unique appearance, ensure that the popularity of this type remains unbroken to this day.


A small revolution in boat manufacturing. Under the trademark Gatz-Royal, the first canoe made in Germany and Europe from the material Royalex is produced in the newly built deep-drawing plant at Olaf Gatz. From the very beginning, Gatz-Royal's goal is to construct the canoes from Royalex as rigid and robust as the material allows. A concept that is constantly confirmed by the long service life of the canoes. Many details in construction and conception, e.g. the possibilities of the many seat variations, wooden edges, tarpaulins, etc. distance the Gatz-Royal canoes from the competition. Among the customers of the first hour is also a company from Japan, which builds up an outdoor line around Gatz-Royal Canadier. Another proof for the right concept "Quality made in Germany". With the paddles of Bending Branches, introduced by Gatz-Royal as general importer for Europe, a new wooden paddle age starts in the German canoe market. Only a few wooden paddle models had been able to stand up to the plastic paddles until now. Bending Branches showed the market that wooden paddles can be robust, light, shapely and excellent to paddle. To this day, the range continues to expand and extends to kayak paddles.


The Mohawk 490PE completes the PE model range, Racoon and Kookaburra are added to the Gatz Royalex range. The first carbon ultralight canoes leave the composite production. Here, the possibilities of composites are once again demonstrated, proving that canoeing is not only easy to learn, but that Gatz canoes are also easy to carry.


The Tucan in Royalex and the Chattooga PE (polyethylene) complete both lines.


The Canoki in Royalex follows a completely new concept for Canadians. Actually quite short for a two-man, its carefully constructed lines ensure that this small and handy canoe also runs well. Within a short time it becomes one of the most popular canoes in Japan and also in Europe the excellent acceptance leads to the further developments Canoki 400 wood edge and Canoki 400 in classic line.


Tucan PE and Canoki PE are produced as millennium editions for an importer and are also offered in Germany.


Composite canoes are still far from being dead or being excluded from the market. The launch of the CANADIAN series is impressive proof of this. Designed by Arno Gatz, classic lines are reinterpreted and lightweight canoes with excellent performance are manufactured in Cologne in the proven, long-lasting Gatz quality. The Canadian 475 is the first model, followed by the larger Canadian 545, 500 and Big Canadian.


The Pacific Canoe 6 is launched in May. The first team outrigger developed and manufactured in Germany. An outrigger canoe for 6 persons, consequently developed to meet the requirements of groups and incentive organizers and at the same time designed for local waters and vehicles. An outrigger that runs easily, offers manoeuvrability and in which especially beginners and people who have a lot of respect for water sports feel directly at home. A new series of Gatz canoes is hereby launched.


44 years of Gatz, a typical Cologne jubilee and a number that stands for a long tradition of hand-built canoes, constantly developed and always produced to the state of the art. Consistently, these boats proudly bear two seals of quality, the Elk and "made in Germany".


A young, dedicated team of developers from the agencies Onesandzeros™ and Sirius23 took on the task of relaunching the Gatz-Kanus website and building a convenient internet canoe shop for our customers. We at Gatz-Kanus are excited and hope that you, our valued customers and canoeists, will be too.


The new GATZ website wins competitions. In the last selection of the best .info domains is among the best 10.

Then the website is elected "Best e-Commerce Website in NRW".
In March, Gatz-Kanus receives the award for the "Best e-Commerce Website in Germany" from the Parliamentary State Secretary Schauerte, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics. A great honour and above all an excellent advertisement for canoeing.


Gatz builds the Prospector, the canoe paddled by Bill Mason in the book "Die Kunst des Kanufahrens Der Canadier". The Gatz Rospector 488, which is as close as possible to the original, is available in all composite material versions with wood rim and in a Royalex version with wood or vinyl rim. The Canoki wooden rim will be presented at Boat Dubai in the new "take off" version. The split version allows it to be taken along as a flight pack on many airlines, as well as being transported on the rear racks of motorhomes or stored in small cellar rooms.


Arno Gatz did a lot of drawing and modelling during the winter months and in spring the Ojibwa S, a smaller and very agile version of the Ojibwa, which has been successful for decades, is launched. A Canadier for lovers of original lines. We also changed the tarpaulin bar and tarpaulin attachment on our composite canoes with tarpaulin bar from January 2010. The bar comes in a new design and without slots, the tarpaulin loops to hang in the bar are replaced by practical clips. The attractive wood grain as an additional colour design is presented at the BOOT Düsseldorf and finds a lot of approval. The same applies to the new colours slate and oak.


At the BOOT Düsseldorf the Ojibwa S is presented in a manufactory version with moulded wooden rim and deck plates and a new birch bark canoe design reminiscent of the original Birkedesign. The high quality workmanship and noble optics inspire.


In November 2011 Arno Gatz celebrates 50 years of master craftsmanship from Cologne. In 1961, as a master carpenter, he founded the building and furniture carpenter's workshop, from which the first original Gatz canoes soon came.


The year starts well with the boot Düsseldorf. The river run in the World of Paddling (realized after an idea of Olaf Gatz) inspires thousands of fair visitors and press alike. At the boot there is a celebration at the stand of Gatz-Kanus. 50 years of Gatz canoes with the elk logo from Cologne in 2012. Gatz-Kanus has been exhibiting at boot non-stop for 40 years. The director of boot Mr. Götz Ulf Jungmichel presents a huge birthday cake. Almost incidentally, the official trade fair photo is taken with the boot Director in the new GATZ-CAYUGA, presented as a world and trade fair novelty at boot and immediately a visitor magnet.

January 2016

The CANYAK, Beothuk model, is the start of a new range and category in the series of Gatz canoes. The CANYAK's can be driven both with a paddle as well as with a double paddle without the paddlers having to have the feeling that the other paddle category would be better suited to this type of boat. It is also possible, for example, to use a double paddle at the front and a paddle at the back for propulsion and steering. Anything goes and looks good doing it!

January 2018

The YAQUI-HOLZRAND celebrates its premiere at the boot Düsseldorf. We have gladly taken up the manifold suggestions from our customers and our employees and constructed a wooden rim version of the YAQUI solo canoe, which has been tried and tested for decades and is very popular. The underwater hull and thus also the handling characteristics have remained absolutely identical. At the widest hull areas of the YAQUI, the side wall of the wooden rim version now continues straight upwards. Combined with a larger freeboard, thus also a higher seating position and more volume, the Yaqui wooden rim also becomes an attractive solo boat.