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Build a better kayak than you can buy

On choosing, building and using canoes, kayaks, paddles and small boats

Choosing is about dimensions, characteristics, performance, equipment and other things that influences the choice of a kayak or canoe to buy or build.

Building is information on the building method, a complete online building manual for kayaks canoes and paddles, and facts on materials.

Paddling contains advice on paddling techniques, safety in kayaks and canoes, as well as online classes on navigation, meteorology, touring and maritime common sense.

Reading is articles on the history and geography of kayaks, canoes and paddles, a commented list of related books, links etc.

The latest news and launching reports

Frej – Ralph Merriman

Frej – Ralph Merriman

Ralph Merriman's new Frej, slightly customized, was recently launched somewhere in Puget Sound in US northwest – as nicely constructed as his previous kayaks; Njord and Thule/2.

"Hi Bjorn:

After taking way too long to get a sailboat project out of my shop I was able to start my Frej in November. It went into the water a few weeks ago so I thought I would send the obligatory back yard beauty shots.

Although I am not particularly large I decided to make the boat a bit roomier than the plan. I am in my late 60s and I wanted more leg, knee and foot wiggle room than I might otherwise. My Njord lacks a bit in this regard, and I wanted to be happy with the boat. I added 2 CM height along the sheer and squared up the deck a bit from knees to toes. I also took out most of the swoop at the back of the cockpit to get me more lower back support. Deck height is 21.5 CM at rear of cockpit and 29.5 in front. Beam is 55 cm. So not as sleek and sexy, but comfier for an older guy (who is not quite as sleek and sexy anymore either).

I love the way it paddles. Maneuverability is wonderful. It reminds me of my white water days, when the boat needed a lot of attention. Skeg down it is quite docile. Secondary stability is very solid and reassuring, as good as I had hoped. I have not had it out in any rough stuff yet, but I am looking forward to it. Definitely a keeper.

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Frej i plywood – Vide Teglund

Första S&G-Frej sjösatt! "Hej Björn! Min son Vide utnyttjade sin skolpraktik till att bygga en Frej i plywood hos Petruskajak i… Read full post

Frej – Frode Jenssen

Fantastiskt vackra bilder av en mycket välbyggd Frej från Lofoten/Vesterålen i Norge! "Hei, Fikk tegninger til Frej i slutten a… Read full post

Datorstödd paddling?

Paddling is not very complicated. Of course, a little fundamental understanding of the principle is not to be underestimated… Read full post

Frej – Åke Carlsson

"Hej Björn! Blev klar med min Frej i höstas och hann provpaddla den. Den gick spikrakt när jag testade och var mycket lättdrive… Read full post

More news and launchings…


  1. Frej – Ralph Merriman
  2. Frej i plywood – Vide Teglund
  3. Frej – Frode Jenssen
  4. Frej – Åke Carlsson
  5. Panthera och Frej – Arto Nikula
  6. New surfski from China
  7. Hunter – Etienne Muller
  8. A Sea Racer in Budapest
  9. Nya kina-kajaker
  10. Black Pearl – Heike and Christian Fischer

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