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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 – David Long

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 about that, I added David's answer to his mail below.

"Hello Bjorn,

Here is another Frej in North America - specifically mid coast Maine, USA. I have only been able to paddle it once thus far. It turns and maneuvers extremely well, is smooth and solid in wind and waves, and with a little bit of the skeg down it goes in whatever direction it is pointed without any difficulty. I especially like the 2 rope skeg control.
I will send more when I have had a chance to paddle in different conditions. Thank you for this excellent design.

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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

Hunter – Nico Vertriest

Nico Vertriest i Norge sjösatte tidigare i sommar en ny kajak – en Hunter – som komplement till den Black Pearl han byggde för… Read full post

Nanoq – Olof Mellgren

Från Olof Mellgren i Vårgårda, en välbyggd och snygg Nanoq: "Hej Björn! Mitt bygge började med en löparskada. Med långa vänteti… Read full post

More news and launchings…

Launchings

  1. Frej – David Long
  2. Njord 15 kg 510 cm – Bengt Ekwall
  3. Hunter – Nico Vertriest
  4. Nanoq – Olof Mellgren
  5. Nanoq from the Netherlands
  6. Frej – Johny Bolander
  7. Frej – Mikael Nilsson
  8. Panthera – Dan Caouette
  9. Frej – Jens Jensen
  10. Ny Black Pearl från Björn Welin