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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

Nanoq – Rune J. Meijer

Nanoq – Rune J. Meijer

"Hi Björn.

It was nice to meet you in person during the Panthera event in Denmark.

Some more months have passed since, and yesterday I launched my Nanoq as part of a joyous celebration. It was my first ever build and I learned a lot while doing it.

Total weight ended at 21,6kg. More than I hoped for but less than I feared :)

Here are some pictures from the launch, and a shared photo album documenting my building journey over the past year :)

All the best

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A very light Frej – Björn Andersson

”Hej Björn Båten är förlängd till 520, byggd i Paulownia, lättaste sorten. Egentligen avsedd för allra lättaste typen av alpina… Read full post

Hunter – Paul Winkel

"Hi Björn, I'm So happy with my Kayak, It's ready and I have also done the first tour. It was a river tour on a small river wit… Read full post

Frej – Christophe Grimonpon

"Hi Björn, I finally got to launch my Frej called "Vieille Maine" last weekend for an Easter egg hunt with my club. My people t… Read full post

Njord - Ivan Blumenschein

Hello Bjorn, this is my Njord, launched last March. I waited to send a review after I was familiar enough with the boat. During… Read full post

More news and launchings…


  1. Nanoq – Rune J. Meijer
  2. A very light Frej – Björn Andersson
  3. Hunter – Paul Winkel
  4. Frej – Christophe Grimonpon
  5. Njord - Ivan Blumenschein
  6. Njord – Elger
  7. Frej – Hans Lidén
  8. Nanoq x 2 – Jan Sörfeldt
  9. En speciell liten Frej som heter Gro
  10. Nomad/2 – Per Ruthström

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