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Njord – Nautilus kayaks

Njord  – Roberto Yañez Vargas

Roberto Yañez Vargas, Nautilus Kayaks in Spain, mailed a couple of photos of his new kayak, a beautiful Njord. Like his previous kayaks, a Jehu, a Black Pearl, A Frej L, and a Spray, it is professionally built on order (he primarily build kayaks from Guillemot and from me)

If you understand Spanish, you may find Roberto's instructive videos on kayak building interesting. Some of them, fx the one on Maroske deck fittings, are useful even without understanding Spanish ;-)

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Thule – Sten-Åke Johansson

Thule – Sten-Åke Johansson

Hej Björn

Efter att haft dina ritningar i skrivbordslådan alldeles för länge blev kajaken då äntligen byggd. Den är byggd i gran med skrov och däck på samma byggform. Bortsett från luckor och lucksarg är allt egentillverkat. Bifogar några bilder.

Jag sågade upp listerna och laskade ihop dom med en egenbyggd jigg för en kap och gersåg (se bild) för att få bort kvist. Limmade sedan ihop dom till rätt längd. Listerna är sedan hyvlade och profilfrästa. Laskjiggen fungera förvånansvärt bra om har tillgång till en såg och gärna en fintandad klinga.

Jag valde att betsa kajaken. Jag vet att du avrått från det men jag har använt lackbets som går hyfsat bra att bättre med om man får en reva. Lackbets mättar trät då det innehåller lite lack. Jag var därför lite osäker på om jag behövde grunda den betsade kajaken med epoxi innan glasfiberväven limmas på. Efter diverse prov så är slutsatsen att man måste grunda med epoxi i vanlig ordning efter betsning då det ger en starkare vidhäftning av väven.

I stort sett är jag nöjd med resultatet och jag har lärt mig massor som jag kommer att ha nytta av vid nästa bygge som blir en egenritad kajak. Det som jag kanske skulle vilja gjort annorlunda är roder/roderpedaler och kanske sits/ryggstöd men så är det ju alltid. Man blir aldrig helt nöjd.

Tack för dina ritningar Björn och ditt arbete med att sprida kunskaper om egenbyggda kanoter och inte minst en inspirerande hemsida. Bra jobbat!!

Hälsningar
Sten-Åke Johansson
Kållandsö

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