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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

Njord – Marc Valgaeren

Njord – Marc Walgaeren

A very nice interpretation of Njord, very close to initial intentions and hopes!

Hello Björn,

I just wanted to let you know that I recently finished the Njord. It took me about 310 hours of work, due to the problems I had with glassing the hull as you may recall ( i had to redo it because of air bubbles). The rest of the building process went reasonably well.

I did make a few changes, I reduced the height of the foredeck in front of the cockpit to 21cm, and I glued in a foam masik, so I now have 19cm from my kneecaps to the bottom. I like a tight fit.

I also made the coaming larger behind my back, so my tuilik and sprayskirts would fit. I kept the seat position according to the plan.

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Småkajaker för barn

Det byggs en hel del småjkajaker för barn, men jag har inte fått så många bilder på sådana. Det vill Jan Thomas Schwenke råda b… Read full post

Black Pearl – Niklas Nordquist

Hej! Efter att ha ägnat 25 år åt att slutföra byggandet av en Guillemot Expedition (+ ett hus och att uppfostra tre barn) blev… Read full post

Frej – Robert Moore

Bjorn Today was launch day for the Frej. The boat is set up with full deck lines for safety. Bilge pump and safety gear stow be… Read full post

Sjösättningar kanadensare

Det har sjösatts många kajaker och kanadensare under sommaren, men eftersom jag har haft mycket annat för mig (paddlat och håll… Read full post

More news and launchings…


  1. Njord – Marc Valgaeren
  2. Småkajaker för barn
  3. Black Pearl – Niklas Nordquist
  4. Frej – Robert Moore
  5. Sjösättningar kanadensare
  6. Nya Frej och Njord sjösatta
  7. Njord – John Kizziar
  8. Nytt från kajakbyggarverkstaden i Tranås
  9. Frej – Jörgen Larsson
  10. Frej – Bernard Pellegrin

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