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News from September, 2009

Njord - Leif Högdahl

Ny Njord i Halmstad

"Hej Björn

Ville bara visa slutresultatet av mitt vårprojekt Min första kajak. Har inte paddlat sedan dom tidiga tonåren (35 år sedan)

Det var ett roligt bygge trots en del blundrar.

Ny Njord i Halmstad

Fick den i havet i mitten på Juli och gjorde min första roll i början av September. Det var lätt när man väl fattade hur. Paddlar nu en 3-4 mil i veckan, för kul är det. Speciellt i lite sjögång o bryt. Laholmsbukten har inte mycket mer att erbjuda än vindar.

Kommer nog att bygga en ny i vinter, men med lite tidigare byggstart. En Black Pearl kanske?

Mvh
Lef Högdahl
Halmstad"

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Black Pearl - Nielsen

En till dansk Pärla

"Hej Björn

Så blev vores Black Pearl endelig færdig. Den er bygget i Ceder, og de sorte lister er Wenge. Den vejer lidt over 14 kg.

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Thule/2 - Erik Frantzen

Thule/2 - Erik Frantzen

Hej Björn

Thule/2 blev søsat i lørdags, hvor den overraskede mig med sin stabilitet. Det føles nærmest som om den slet ikke kan kæntre.

Længden er kun 611 cm. på grund af begrænset opbevaringsplads Vægten kom op på hele 25 kg., fordi jeg havde travlt med at blive færdig og derfor købte både sæder, lændestøtter og linebeslag. Samtidig er lugerne fastgjort med et effektivt men lidt klodset arrangement. Den justerbare finne vejer også lidt. Men vi er jo også 2 til at bære ;-)

Nu melder sig det luksusproblem, at det kniber med pladsen på kajakreolen og endnu værre, jeg er jo nok ikke stoppet med at bygge kajakker endnu.

Jeg har lagt en beskrivelse på bygningen af Thule/2 ud på min hjemmeside på henholdsvis www.kajakbyg.dk/thule_2_skrog.htm og www.kajakbyg.dk/thule_2_daek.htm med de glæder og problemer det nu engang giver, når man tager hænderne op af lommen.
Dækket er altid det mest spændende at bygge selv om det er skroget der har den største betydning for enhver kajak.

Hilsen
Erik Frantzen
www.kajakbyg.dk

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Assammik masikkut? Nope, not today!

Summer in mid september

It was Vikhög and Salviken under a hot sun today. I was detemined to fix that hand roll ending on the foredeck (Assammik masikkut), that have eluded me for almost a year now, but was so close last weekend in Denmark. Irritatingly close today as well - i got up, did not manage to stay up, but slided slowly back into the water every time. Extyremely annoying. But next time!

The good advice from Per meant a significant step forward though - I did not miss a single norsamik masikkut (forwardleaning norsaqroll). Til now I have failed at every other attempt, without knowing what I did wrong.

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Fusion launched...

Testing in the archipelago of Stockholm

If you these days are overtaken by something long, narrow, carbon black and very fast, it may have been the new Fusion hybrid surfski that is going through the last steps of finetuning in different locations in the archipelago of Stockholm and in different weather conditions. More pics on the Nordic Kayak site.

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Njord in Norrland

Njord at sunset
Njord at sunset

A few experiences and pics from Leif in Norrland (northern Sweden)

Hej Björn!

Have noted that Njord is one of the more popular of your models, judging from the launching page. I am getting used to the kayak now, even if it still feels a little tippy in waves. I have practiced rolling and feel quite confident now. Njord is so easily rolled that it feels almost like cheating.

In an earlier mail I promised more pics. Here are some from e three-day tour in Luleå archipelago. Couldn´t resist the pattern in the sand on Sandy Island together with my Njord. Note the pointed mahogany strips - I spent a few extra working hours there...

Regards/ Leif Karlsson
www.lk-panorama.com

Close-ups of the deck

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Qajaqtraef på Själland

Campingplatsen
Folk droppar in under fredagseftermiddagen

Årets qajaqtraef avhölls i helgen på Själlands västkust, på Urhøj Camping, strax söder om Kalundborg. Utan allemansrätt är det campingplatser som gäller som basläger för danska kajakträffar - men de campingplatser jag varit på i sådana här sammanhang har varit perfekta: helt vindskyddad äng för tält och bilar, några få meter till stranden, gott om campingmöblemang som kan pusslas ihop till långbord för alla, god service med vatten, dusch, tvätt, toaletter, utomordentligt trevligt bemötande i receptionen mm.

Solnedgång
Solnedgång på fredagskvällen

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Kavat and Isfjord in Värmland

The kayaks at Letälven

"Hi Björn! Finally a photo of my two kayaks. A Kavat built in 2008 and an Isfjord in 2009. Kavat in fir and Isfjord in WRC. The photo is from an outing with my son Björn in river Letälven between degerfors and Åtorp.

Will soon order canoe plans since building strip crafts has become my winter pastime.

Regards Olle Wistling
Karlskoga"

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Kavat in Arendal, Norway

Erik Dunseth in a new Kavat

Hi Bjørn;

Have just launched my Kavat. It has been a really nice project and even if I am new to paddling I find the kayak a joy to paddle. I adjusted the design slightly, raised the stem and deck in front of the cockpit 30 mm.

Erik Dunseth´s new Kavat

I look forward to many nice trips with Kaya.

Best regards Erik Dunseth

Note: Eriks text is in Norwegian - the translation is mine,
Björn

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An "Illorsuit" for Seabird Designs

In the summer 1959 a young student, Kenneth Taylor, was sent to Greenland by his professor on a research trip to study kayaks and kayaking culture in the Igdlorsuit area. To Greenland he brought his English plywood kayak - on the journey back he had a real greenland kayak, built for him by Emanuele Korneliussen in Illorsuit. It measured 505x53 cm and had the low deck - 20 cm in front of the cockpit - and low midship sheer, typical for the region. It was built in six days, with timber imported from Denmark.

A drawing of the Illorsuit kayak
A drawing of the Illorsuit kayak

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Stockenträffen 2009

Kajakparkeringen
Fler och fler kajaker på parkeringen...

Årets upplaga av Stockenträffen blev en blöt och blåsig historia, med mycket lite paddling för min egen del - faktiskt bara de två kurserna på lördags- och söndagsförmiddagarna.

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