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Frej – John Nevin

Frej – Dan Caouette/John Nevin

Dan Caouette (Clear Stream Custom Water Craft) built a new Frej for John Nevin, and John did the finishing work 

"BTD Frej, Maiden voyage on the Assabet river, Concord MA.

It was a blustery afternoon with max gusts up to 48 kph and bucking a 2.5 kph spring flood current, yet she slipped easily and silently up river at 5.5 kph. The ride back down was thrilling!

Then, skeg up, we went into the quiet water in the flooded woods along the river bank where she maneuvered among the trees and deadfalls with aplomb. This bodes well for gunkholing and rock gardening on the coast :-)

Need to complete the deck rigging, and a little more work on the hull before applying the decals ;-)

ps. The new shoulderless Gearlab paddle is fantastic!"

Frej – Dan Caouette/John Nevin

p>Frej – Dan caouette/John Nevin


For those who are interested, the deck and hull are 3/16" (4.8 mm) western red cedar. The cockpit coaming is laminated plywood that was fiberglassed and painted black. The deck fittings are 3D-printed "Moroske" tube fittings. For control it has a KajakSport adjustable skeg. The hatches are DIP Pull-Up deck plates in carbon fiber recesses. The deck was varnished and the hull was coated with Interlux VC Performance Epoxy.

More pictures can be found it it's Facebook album:

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