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I have often toyed with the idea of a small kayak for spontaneous trips in the surroundings. Ten years ago that idea even had a name. It was called Nim (which in the south Swedish dialect means small and handy) in the possible-projects-folder and was supposed to be a "soap dish" without any other qualities other than a certain versatility.en tvålkopp?

The main idea was a kind of "semi-permanent roof box for the car, that at any time could become a handy kayak for surf, whitewater, and short trips. To explore an exciting stream seen from the road, or try some unobserved whitewater when you happen to be nearby. Or surfing breakers while the other family members enjoy the sun or play at the beach. Adjustable skeg – up it becomes a playful kayak for whitewater, down a kayak for short trips. A locking cover transforms it into a roof box"

I never finished the project. I liked the idea, but it would have been very hard to construct, boring to paddle, and would make an unpractical box – good-for-everything often means good-for-nothing (as maintenance-free often means impossible to maintain). 

On the other hand, a related idea kept popping up now and then in conversations on kayak meetings and in mail communications with builders: a short and simple tub, but still a real no-compromise kayak. An engaged builder had a clear idea of what such a kayak would look like – so I cleared the desk and started. And now the drawings are finished and the first kayak on its way. I have no name yet for it (the working name has been the 10ft-kayak), but maybe it should inherit the name Nim, since small and handy is precisely what it is (but perhaps not in English, where the word seems to be taken for other purposes).  

This is what it looks like, and it will appear in the catalog in short – but if someone wants to start, the drawings are ready to ship.

10 ft kayak Nim

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Caribou 495 – Jan-Olof Olinsson

Caribou 495 – Jan-Olof Olinsson

"Hej Björn!

Jag skickar här några bilder på Flisan, min Caribou 495, och lite info om bygget. 

Det hela började med att Mikael Larsson visade mig sina nybyggda kajaker. Sedan ”råkade” han visa mig din hemsida, och då särskilt dina kanadensare. Frugan undslapp ett ”En så’n kanske du kan bygga?” Föga anade hon projektets omfattning, men med ledningens godkännande började vi glatt förbereda bygget i väntan på våren 2019. 

Med Mikaels erfarenhet i ryggen byggdes en ”strongback” och material hämtades hem från Björn Nilsson Thafvelin, Tunarps Båtbygg. Jag ville bygga i ceder och bad Björn välja strips i varierande färg. Jag är supernöjd med allt material och den fina service Björn gav oss. 

Detta var ett förstabygge för mig, så det tog sin tid att slutföra. Jag ville ha den omålad, så stripsen är limmade utan häftklammer. Det kostar i tid eftersom man får vänta på torkande lim, men om man inte har bråttom vinner man i utseende tycker jag. Dessutom ville jag följa relingen upp i stävarna, så några strips var en smula motsträviga kan man säga. 

Det moment jag var mest osäker på var glasfiber/epoxi lagret. Utan hjälp av Mikael hade det nog blivit en trädgårds dekoration snarare än en båt. Jag klantade till det en smula men med ordern ”Gör om Gör rätt” fick Mikael styr på det hela.

Relingen och sitsarna är gjorda i ask, däcken gjordes av några bok-matchade bitar av valnötsrot.

Projektet löpte på hela sommaren, det första bygget tar mer tid eftersom många moment är oprövade för en nybörjare. För mig är resultatet väl värt insatsen och mer därtill. Den är härlig att paddla, svarar direkt på de (få) paddeltag jag behärskar och inspirerar mig att förbättra min teknik. Att man sedan får positiva kommentarer varhelst man dyker upp med en ceder kanot är inte illa det heller...

Tack för allt stöd och svar på mina frågor under byggets gång.
Och för all inspiration du ger oss på din hemsida.

Janne Olinsson
Skepplanda"

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