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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.

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The Etnographic Museum's unique collection of arctic kayaks

Foto: Ossian Elgström, 1915

Requests from interested kayakers have convinced the Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm that there is an interest in their unique collection of historic arctic kayaks.

These are in storage and not publicly displayed, but they will be shown on special guided tours on two occasions. The first is on July 31 and is about approx 35 kayak models (a few of them showing kayak types that are not available as full-size specimens) and a lot of equipment associated with kayaks and hunting. These tours are in English, free and start at 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm on July 31, with 10 visitors on each. 

The 35 full-size kayaks, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world, will be shown at a later date – requiring some work to be displayed.

Since these are special events, outside the normal schedule, they are not announced on the museum´s web site – but a short notice can be found on facebook.  

Thanks to Mats Antonsson for the heads-up.


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More news and launchings…


  1. Frej – Johan Claesson
  2. Nomad – Stefan Wetterstad
  3. Njord – Morten Jørgensen
  4. Frej – Jan Sörfeldt
  5. Frej – Lars Berre
  6. One more Sea Racer – Fred Brown
  7. Kavat – Jan Helge Olsen
  8. Black Pearl – Bjarne Kristiansen
  9. Njord – Roger Schultz
  10. Najad – Göran Gustafsson

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