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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 – Panos Nezis

Black Pearl – Panos Nezis

An email and a few photos from Panos in Germany – a very nice cockpit layout with wooden strips instead of the more usual foam/laminate, and a couple of very nice and well-constructed hatches. 

"Some pictures of  Black Pearl:

 Black Pearl – Panos Nezis

Black Pearl – Panos Nezis

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Frej – Aleš Koršič

A new Frej, launched in Slovenija: "Dear Bjorn After nine months of construction, I finally finished building the Frej. Weight… Read full post

Frej – Björn Ratama

"Hej Skickar några bilder på min Frej som jag sjösatte i somras. Byggande påbörjades senhösten 2018 men har legat nere i långa… Read full post

Nanoq – Jorma Kiretti

Hey Bjorn Here is the Nanoq I built. Read full post

Jack 14 x 3 – Sveinung Wathne och Terje Jansen

En snygg bild med tre snygga och välbyggda Jack 14 i sydvästra Norge! "Hei Bjørn En kajakk ble til tre I vinter skulle vi bygge… Read full post

More news and launchings…


  1. Black Pearl – Panos Nezis
  2. Frej – Aleš Koršič
  3. Frej – Björn Ratama
  4. Nanoq – Jorma Kiretti
  5. Jack 14 x 3 – Sveinung Wathne och Terje Jansen
  6. Black Pearl – Martin Kronkvist
  7. Panthera – Lars Jörblad
  8. Caribou 495 – Stefan Fallgren
  9. Frej – Bjørn E. Granås
  10. Frej – Pascal Boblet

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