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A web site 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

Spindrift – Ken Katz


Ken Katz in Oregon launched an impressive Spindrift earlier this fall – impressively built, functionally and visually and with lots of instructive photos of the process. Intended for mostly small to moderate waves, Ken decreased the rocker slightly, which means higher top speed for a not too heavy paddler, but with the downside of also reducing the maneuverability when surfing bigger waves. This is a tricky balance that I would love to hear more about. 

"Hi Bjorn,

I finally got around to putting some building pics of the ski together. See the link below. Thanks for a great design, I love it! Haven't been in any big water yet but that will change in the next couple of weeks when I head south to the San Francisco bay area. She floats perfectly on her lines is very stable and fast. Elegant is a word that comes to mind. I guess I will find out if removing the rocker was a mistake soon. So far, so good. I may be in touch next Spring if I get motivated to build another ski for Luanne. Hope your Winter is going well and happy holidays.


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Paddling med lysdioder och lång exponeringstid...

Stephen Orlandos spännande bilder fångar det mjuka flytet i kajakpaddling. Han jobbar med lysdioder och mycket långa exponering… Read full post

Najad – Erik Bergström

"Hej Björn, Har under våren och sommaren färdigställt en Najad, som fick sin jungfrufärd i slutet på september. Har ingen tidig… Read full post

Nygammal paddlingsbok...

För någon månad sedan beställde jag lite böcker från, och passade på att lägga till några sådana där nästan-gratis-bö… Read full post

New kayak...

Across the Atlantic there have been a certain interest in a surfski with kayak deck. Dan Caouette has built a nice interpretati… Read full post

More news and launchings…


  1. Spindrift – Ken Katz
  2. Najad – Erik Bergström
  3. Smart – Jocke Ögren
  4. Alleq - Kjell Munksten
  5. Frej – Sten-Åke Nordin
  6. Frej – Marius Markussen
  7. Frej – Johan Wretborn
  8. Frej – Lars Westman
  9. Fler bilder på Peter Hesks Frej
  10. Njord – Anders Persson

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