Jakob from Lund with Njord and Caribou
Mail and pics from Jakob in Lund, from a recent launching of a white Njord - and a not so recent launching of a Caribou (better late than never). Beautiful canoes...
"A double launching - one of them with a 2,5 years delay.
I write primarily to show my latest - a Njord - but for good measure, a couple of pics of my Caribou - priamrily sionce you do not have a lot of those pics. It is slightly modfied to a more "british" look.
The canoe have been at many exciting fishing trips through those years. I can´t imagine a more easily driven canoe with such a stability. Weight: 25 kg.
The rattan weaving on the thwarts is done at home (sundays in front of the TV) - the paddles in ash/pine also.
Back to the Njord, as always there were some more hours than I had calculated (200 plus hours), but perhaps not unrealistic with all the carbon detailing. The weight including all hardware, seat, compass, lines etc is 17,3 kg (the finishing accounts for exactly 1 kg - weighted before and after). The parts before joining came to 8 kg for the hull and 4,5 for the deck = 12,5 kg. With the necessary extras it is hard to finish under 17 kg.
Have paddled approx 150 km (my first ever in a kayak) and I am impressed. No involuntary wet exits yet, and I am working on a reliable roll. On the first outing my legs went numb after only 10 minutes, the second after some 20 and now it takes hours, and then just the toes. That will be history soon. I tried a thick pad on the seat, but lost so much stability that I discarded it immidiately. The skeg works fine, but the two line layout is also a two hand operation.
I have kept the kayak white, with a grey interior, since I felt that old-school wood finish and carbon did not quite match.
The logos and type are my own, and done i an alternative technique: flat vinyl adhesive film, lasercut from a pdf. They are very thin and very durable and can be protected under a clear coating. The price was just 100 SEK. One advantage is that the black is really black, not the muddy grey from an ink printer.
Thanks again. Hope we meet somewhere along the coast.
Jacob Fröslee Jonsson