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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

Black Pearl – Patrick Chantrel

Black Pearl – Patrick Chantrel

Hi Björn,

Now my Black Pearl is finished. Built in paulownia, during 2 months. I'm very happy. She is only 14.9kg!

Thank's a lot for your design.

Link to my blog...only in French. :-(


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Thule/2 – Roger Olsson

"Hej Björn Bifogar en bild på vår nya Thule 2 "XL", som du ritade åt oss i vintras. Den har just varit ute på sin första flerda… Read full post

Jack 14 – Mats Lindblom

"Hej Björn, firstly, please excuse me for writing in English (Swinglish), since I (still) have no keyboard set up with Swedish… Read full post

Smart – Mats Helgesson

"Hej I höstas när vintern låg framför mig så behövde jag något att syssla med i garaget. Normalt så finns vi i Spanien under vi… Read full post

Spindrift – Lauri Ovaska

"Hi Björn! I completed my Spindrift -surfski/kayak conversion a couple of weeks ago. The kayak is 560 cm long and it weighs 19… Read full post

More news and launchings…


  1. Black Pearl – Patrick Chantrel
  2. Thule/2 – Roger Olsson
  3. Jack 14 – Mats Lindblom
  4. Smart – Mats Helgesson
  5. Spindrift – Lauri Ovaska
  6. Najad – Birger Aarmo
  7. Thule/2 – Björn Andersson
  8. Njord – Andrew Uranov
  9. Jack 14 – Christen Vestad
  10. Frej – Bernard Pellegrin

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