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Nomad – Thomas Raun-Petersen

Nomad – Thomas Raun-Petersen

"Hej Björn

Blev færdig med at bygge min Nomad for ca. 1 uge siden.

Utrolig manøvredygtig og samtidig retningsstabil når finnen sænkes. Er blevet døbt Larus Marinus = Svartbag (havstrut på svenska).

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Dubside i Tranås till helgen

Dubside

Dubside flyger till Grönland i sommar, och på vägen dit sticker han mellan med lite kurser i Skandinavien. Vad väljer han då? Stockholm? Göteborg? Oslo? Köpenhamn?

Nejdå, han väljer att boka in Tranås – enbart Tranås.

Från amerikansk horisont är alltså Tranås ett av nordens centra för grönlandspaddling, grönlandskajaker och rollande. Anledningen heter naturligtvis Petruskajak – och i viss mån naturen kring Sommen, som Dubside föll för redan förra sommaren. Bidrar gör också att hans kurser och uppvisning i Sommen den gången drog fler deltagare och besökare än de han hade i Stockholm, Göteborg och Malmö – och att Black Pearl-koncentrationen var överraskande hög.

Så vill du lära dig rolla eller förbättra ditt rollande med hjälp av världens förmodligen bästa rollare och pedagog så slå en signal till Petrus och anmäl dig. Så här ser schemat ut (från Petruskajaks sajt):

Lördag och Söndag 2-3 juli, ger Dubside lektioner i Tranås. Detta är det närmaste du kommer en privatlektion med världens förmodligen bäste rollinstruktör.
10-12 Nybörjarkurs
13 Rolluppvisning med Dubside
14-16 Forsättningskurs

Pris 950.-
Test av olika grönlandspaddlar ingår.
Kajak ingår ej.
Instruktörer: Dubside

Anmäl dig till Petruskajak @ telia.com eller på tel. 070 227 11 71

Vill du hyra kajak så bokas det hos Petruskajak

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Black Pearl – Bryan Kapteyn

Black Pearl – Bryan Kapteyn

"Hello Bjorn,

Attached is a picture of my Black Pearl. The final length ended up being 596 cm. I used Sea-Lect deck hatches, the 1/4 turn version. The cockpit is a little longer than the one you include with the plans, so I added carbon fibre thigh braces. The seat is minicell with a minicell backbrace built in. The finish is Interlux Perfection 2 part jet black polyurethane with Perfection Plus 2 part varnish on the the cockpit coaming and inside the carbon fibre-lined cockpit. I also painted the inside of the hull with 2 part polyurethane. Final weight turned out to be 14.5 kg. She turns on a dime, accelerates quickly, very responsive to leaning. I am taking her out on Lake Michigan tomorrow night for some big water paddling. Thanks for designing such a marvelous boat!

Bryan Kapteyn"

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Invented: a new kayak paddle

Gullwing paddle

There is a new kind of paddle, developed in the U.S., called Gullwing. The inventor found the common paddles quite inadequate for their intended purpose. "Why Dig You When You Can glide" - with a Gullwing you glide where the rest of us who struggle with wing paddles, euros and Greenland paddles merely dig inefficiently in the water.

Now I have not tried Gullwing and therefore have no idea if it lives up to the inventor's enthusiasm, or is just another pretentious solution to a problem that does not exist.

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Fisherman 12 för Seabird kayaks

Fisherman 12 for Seabird Designs

The other day the first Fisherman 12 was shipped to Utah, USA for an outdoor event in the Salt Lake. This has been an assignment far from my usual long slim kayaks like Black Pearl, Qanik and surfskis...

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Njord – Jacopo

Njord – Jacopo

From across the pond, a launchings report...

Hello,

You may still remember me, I bought a plan for a Njord at the end of last year. I thought that you would be happy to see a few (not so great, my appologies for that but it was pouring rain, and I did not take those) pictures of the start of my first real paddle in the ocean with it (off of Newport, Rhode Island, USA). I'm very happy so far, but who would not be after spending most of the winter building it !

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Kajakorientering i norr

Från fotograf Leif Karlsson, som byggt två av mina kajaker, kom detta mail och bilder:

"Hej!

Vi uppe i norr är inte bortskämda med stora och skojiga events för havskajakpaddlare men i lördags anordnades för femte året i rad en kanotorientering i Holmsund utanför Umeå.

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Njord – Patrik Johansson

Njord – Patrik Johansson

"Hej Björn!

Sjösatte tidigt i morse min Njord för första gången i Yddingesjön utanför Svedala. Bygget har varit kantat av en del problem mestadels orsakade av låga temperaturer i bygglokalen men slutresultaten har blivit tillräckligt bra iallafall. Finishen är inte den bästa men det var heller aldrig min avsikt. Det som återstår är ett lager färg på skrovet. Jag kan mycket väl tänka mig fler byggen i framtiden men då ska jag först ha tillgång till en bättre lokal.

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