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Njord – Jukka Vanne

Njord – Jukka Vanne

Hi there Björn!

Now finally my new Njord is ready. Here are some pics. Weight with all rigging included (bunjy cord etc.) is 17 kg. Considering I used some mahogany for the looks, I guess the weight is ok - was hoping for 16 kg though.

Haven't yet been on the water too much, but from what I have tried, it does seem very good - seems to have nice speed, stability is ok (95kg paddler) and with a little skeg exposed, it paddles like on tracks. The rope skeg works nicely!

Thanks! - a great design! ����

Yours,
Jukka

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Panthera.2 by Luca Seganti in Italy

Panthera.2 – Luca Seganti

Hi Bjorn,

And also the Panthera 2 has been completed…

I’m very proud of it, it’s a beautiful and elegant design.

The boat is 680cm, I have no idea about the weight, I suppose between 25 and 30Kg.

I just used it two times for a couple of hours and the first impression is of a stable boat (more than my two Njords), fast, with a nice agility thanks to the rudder, and pleasantly smooth in the waves, really smooth.

The cruise speed is a bit more than 9Km/h and it’s easy to push it to 12Km/h, but obviously, it depends on the paddlers…

Many thanks, Bjorn, Another Perfect Kayak!

Obviously, you are very very welcome in Italy to test your kayak, let me know.

Ciao, Luca

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Njord från Båtbyggeriet Tunarps Kvarn

Njord från Båtbyggeriet Tunarps Kvarn

Ett nytt proffsbygge från Björn Tafvelin. På bilden tillsammans med en Frej L. Båtbyggeriet bygger kajaker, kanadensare, roddbåtar mm på beställning, levererar byggsatser enligt önskemål, säljer hyvlade kvistfria lister i lärk, cedar eller gran, epoxy, verktyg, tillbehör mm, och håller endagars introduktionskurser för hemmabyggare.

"Hej Björn Jag byggde en Njord 572 cm med höjt däck. <a href="https://boatbuildingpictures.batbyggeriet.eu/#collection/1c8cddc1-0721-47e1-8a63-a8ba0a8b2">Så här blev den</a> Sargen är under däck i ryggen och över däck efter höftbenet. Funkar väldigt bra för kunden med en VKV tävlings sits i. Kommissarie Morse ”jaga rött” skrov. Minimått på sargen 38 cm x52 cm så han sitter tajt och är ett med skrovet. Byggtid 120 timmar. Byggstart var efter påsk (som info byggdes en scullerbåt och lite annat parallellt, den sista levereras nästa helg – en Glen-L Zip runabout (men den tog 400 timmar). Det andra kajaken på bilden är den Frej L jag byggde förra våren. 

Med vänlig hälsning/Best regards
Björn Nilsson Thafvelin
Båtbyggeriet Tunarps Kvarn AB"
+46(0)7318 343 77
bjorn@batbyggeriet.eu
www.batbyggeriet.eu

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Frej – Hans Eriksson

Frej – Hans Eriksson

Sjösatt i Sundsvall för ett par veckor sedan: en ny snygg Frej.

Frej – Hans Eriksson

Frej – Hans Eriksson

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Black Pearl – Camilla Lax Uebel

Black Pearl – Camilla Lax Uebel

"För ett par år sedan frågade jag Björn och Petrus (Kajak) om det går att bygga en kajak om man varken byggt något innan eller kan något om båtar. Båda sa ja. Jag längtade efter en liten, smidig kajak som var lätt att paddla för en nätt person med impingementaxel och två tennisarmbågar och hade blivit väldigt förtjust i en Black Pearl. Jag tänkte att det vore mysigt att gå och bygga på den i lugn och ro hemma i f d garaget.

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Panthera round Denmark in speed and style...

Panthera – Struer

A couple of days ago Erik B. Jørgensen completed his round Denmark challenge on record time. He cut the old record from 18 to 14 days! 

Denmark is partly a different challenge than the Swedish coast. The long west coast of Jylland, wide open to the North Sea, with fx Klitmøller as a wave surfer's paradise, and with several very long open-sea passages out of sight from land:  Skagen – Læsø – Anholt – Gilleleje (as if the Swedish Sea Kayakers Blue Band included rounding Gotland!). And Erik had his share of challenges: hard wind, 2,5 m waves, calms and tropical heat, wind, and current running against, etc. Erik's blog is an exciting read.

Panthera - Erik B. Jørgensen
Photo: Claus Lillevang

Of course, all exceptional achievements are primarily due to the person doing the work – planning, strength, technique, focus, stamina – but I wouldn't want anyone to miss that Erik chose a Panthera for his successful record challenge ;-) 

The Panthera is designed for those interested in touring in speed and style, rolling like in a Greenland style kayak, competing, or going after records (”...possibly Denmark's fastest Sea kayak” according to Jacob Norris). 

How to get a Panthera:
Most satisfying is, of course, to build one yourself in wood strips, glass fiber, and epoxy, with the finish, outfitting, and seating comfort to your own taste.
But to save time, and maybe also weight (not all amateur builders can match the 16,5 kg of the plywood version, including Smarttrack rudder and Kajaksport hatches) by building your kayak on one of Petruskajak's well-known 8-day building classes. 
Next year there will also be a commercially available composite Panthera from Danish Struer (the company that also builds Frej in composite and thermoplastic).

The top image shows my suggested design for the Petrus-built Panthera that Struer sponsored Erik with – designed with a tip of the hat to Erik's military background and, of course, with the Danish flag.

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