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Thule/3 – Stefan Holmdahl

hulke/3 – Stefan Holmdahl

Hej Björn!

Har nu äntligen blivit klar med min Thule3.

Vill tacka dig för otroligt fina förklaringar, beskrivningar och illustrationer på kajakbygge. Du betyder väldigt mycket för alla oss som har bygger kajaker.

Är otroligt nöjd med hur Thule3 fungerar. Har gjort den så den kan användas som K1, K2 och K3.

Har dessutom riggat kajaken med ett rigg från Falcon Sail. En helt fantastisk upplevelse att kunna segla och även kryssa när man så önskar. Riggen kan resas och läggas när som helst under färd och det tar bara några sekunder att göra.

Hade lite problem i början med å få stäven å tura fint i en form. Turade perfekt vid 6,37 men inte vid 6,56. Löste detta genom å öka avståndet med spanten med 1cm och ”finturade” stäven och akter (mest stäv).

Hade lite kontakt med dig då.

Vet inte riktigt vad jag gjorde för fel, Men allt löste sig ��������

Skickar några bilder om du är intresserad, förstår det som att det inte e så många som bygger Thule3 varianten!

En fantastisk kajak i alla avseenden, tack än en gång så kanske våra vägar möts någon gång.

Mvh Stefan Holmdahl, Ellös på Orust.

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Black Pearl – Patrick Chantrel

Black Pearl – Patrick Chantrel

Hi Björn,

Now my Black Pearl is finished. Built in paulownia, during 2 months. I'm very happy. She is only 14.9kg!

Thank's a lot for your design.

Link to my blog...only in French. :-(
http://www.corby44.net/wordpress/kayak-black-pearl/

Regards
Patrick CHANTREL

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Thule/2 – Roger Olsson

Thule/2 – Roger Olsson

"Hej Björn 

Bifogar en bild på vår nya Thule 2 "XL", som du ritade åt oss i vintras. Den har just varit ute på sin första flerdagarstur (längs VänernsDalslandskust), och vi tycker att den bestått provet mycket väl. Relativt gott om plats för såväl packning som paddlande pensionärer, bekväm att sitta i och samtidigt lättare och roligare att paddla än vår gamla "pråm". Inte minst är den betydligt behändigare att hantera på land och lyfta upp på biltaket – jag har lyckats hålla ner vikten till runt 20-kilosstrecket.

Det tog mig ca 190 timmar att bygga den - väl använd tid.

Stort tack och bästa hälsningar
Roger"

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Jack 14 – Mats Lindblom

Jack 14 – Mats Lindblom

"Hej Björn,

firstly, please excuse me for writing in English (Swinglish), since I (still) have no keyboard set up with Swedish characters.

I don't think that you remember about it, but in mid of 2019 we had a bit of email exchanges with you advising on building a JACK 14, which I then proceeded on.

As the subject says, I have enjoyed every minute of the much longer time duration, than what was my thoughts at the start to complete the project.

But also, thanks to whoever, that I had something to work on during the COVID time, I don't know what else than watching YouTube I would have done !

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Smart – Mats Helgesson

Smart – Mats Helgesson

"Hej

I höstas när vintern låg framför mig så behövde jag något att syssla med i garaget. Normalt så finns vi i Spanien under vintern, inte hela vintern, men delar av den. Den gångna vintern blev det inget sådant p.g.a Coviden.

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Spindrift – Lauri Ovaska

Spindrift – Lauri Ovaska

"Hi Björn!

I completed my Spindrift -surfski/kayak conversion a couple of weeks ago. The kayak is 560 cm long and it weighs 19 kg. Foot pedals are slightly trimmed (to fit under the deck) Touring Footboard from Stellar kayaks and rudder from Smart Track. The seat is carved from a minicell block. 

I have now experience of 100 km including a couple of evening paddles with empty kayak, and a weekend trip with kayak fully packed with camping gear. Kayak is exactly what I wanted it to be: a fast sea kayak with a rudder for better control while surfing. Especially when cruising without gear it is faster than my last year built Njord, but also significantly less stable. When packed it is actually quite stable even in waves. I am glad that I have now two wooden kayaks for different types of paddling needs :)

Thanks again for a nice design!

Best regards,
Lauri"

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