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Nanoq – Naomi McKay

Nanoq – Naomi McKay

Naomi McKay in British Columbia has built and launched a beautiful Nanoq. The mail below was addressed to me as the designer, to Rod Tate (Orca Boats) for assisting with the finishing touches and to John Abercrombie for advicing on kayaks and kayak building. Naomis Intagram account (@paradisebcpaddling ) is a fantastic source of breathtaking photos and video clips of mountains, lakes, kayaks and paddling. (The video mentioned below can be viewed on Instagram.)

"Good morning gentlemen!

My beautiful Nanoq is done and I could not be happier!

Thank you John for all your insight and advice. And for taking the time to show me your beautiful boats and introducing me to the build process.

Thank you Bjorn for your vision and creativity. For designing such a masterpiece. And for being so available to answer my questions when I reached out during the build process.

And thank you Rod for rescuing me when I had no place to finish her. You are so talented and did such an incredible job finishing her for me. I really can’t thank iou enough.

I love this boat more than I can express and have been paddling her daily. She is so beautiful and so wonderful to paddle.

I have been posting photos and videos on Instagram on my paddling account @paradisebcpaddling and have received so many positive comments about her. One reel on Instagram has been liked by nearly 1,000 people!

Here is that video of my Nanoq in her mountain home. Being serenaded by a loon! And one of me carrying her up from the beach after a sunset paddle. And when she was launched at Cattle Point in Victoria She weighs 36 pounds!

Thank you again!"

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Spray – Björn Andersson

Spray – Björn Andersson

Björn Andersson i Höör, som byggt kajaker tidigare, sjösatte en ny mycket välbyggd och snygg Spray för några veckor sedan sedan.

"Godmorgon Björn. 

Första korta turen med Spray idag. Lite nervöst först men den är betydligt mindre rank än vad jag befarade. Känns att den är mycket mer lättdriven än Frej och ffa än Jack 14. 

Pedaler och roder från Nordic kayaks. Gjord i Paulownia, sista skivorna i Sverige på Bauhaus. Nån som vet var man skaffar mer Paulownia? 

Vikten med allt på plats inkl alla lager lack och färg blev 14,3kg. Jag hoppades på under 14 men ändå nöjd. Bottnen under v-linjen är f.ö. klarlackad med grafitpulver i. Sitsen som är i kolfiber (inget glas alls) kunde varit lite tunnare och fortfarande stark, och därmed sparat 0,5 kg tror  jag.

Nu ska den upp till Blekinge och tränas med. 

Tack för fin konstruktion och bra info om de olika kajakernas egenskaper på din hemsida."

Mer från Björn: Thule/2FrejJack 14, och lackning av den senare.

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