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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

A Frej down under

Frej – Ron Morris

Frej seems equally at home in antipodean waters ;-)

"Hi Bjorn,

I finally launched my Frej, in Melbourne, Australia.

I must say, what a design! This boat handles beautifully, accelerates super fast, catches waves and surfs like nothing else, and still holds a great cruise speed for group paddles!

I set out to build a boat that would be a fun surf/play boat, and the Frej exceeds my expectations. It is certainly a boat which a paddler can develop with, and so much fun to paddle! I think that would be my best description. Just a fun, fun boat which excites and makes sea kayaking fun again!

Thanks again for a beautiful design.
Ron Morris" 

Frej – Ron Morris

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Frej – Jim Craig

From Ayr on the west coast of Scotland – a beautiful and well-built Frej! "Hi Bjorn, I finished your Frej design of this summer… Read full post

Frej – David Long

From Rockland, Maine – David Long's new Frej. I got curious about the nice stain job, and since I frequently get questions abou… Read full post

Njord 15 kg 510 cm – Bengt Ekwall

"För tio år sedan byggde jag en Nomad 510 cm som tjänat mig väl, men jag började önska mig en lättare kajak med lite andra egen… Read full post

Oss fyrromantiker emellan…

Det är något med fyrar! Om det är fyrarna i sig som utöver dragningskraft eller platserna de står på eller att de står för någo… Read full post

More news and launchings…


  1. A Frej down under
  2. Frej – Jim Craig
  3. Frej – David Long
  4. Njord 15 kg 510 cm – Bengt Ekwall
  5. Hunter – Nico Vertriest
  6. Nanoq – Olof Mellgren
  7. Nanoq from the Netherlands
  8. Frej – Johny Bolander
  9. Frej – Mikael Nilsson
  10. Panthera – Dan Caouette

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