The renown strip “Frej” designed by Björn Thomasson is now available in stitch & glue construction for home builders. The original Frej is one of Björn Thomasson’s most successful strip designs even being adapted to commercial production. It’s roughly based on his Njord but is shorter and more maneuverable for surfing, playing in waves and touring in rough conditions.
In the Fall of 2015, after my successful design work adapting the Black Pearls and Alleqs to true stitch & glue, Björn and I discussed a S&G Frej project. This is the result. With the multi-chine hull and rounded deck it’s a very close approximation to the strip design but much easier to build. The kit will include plywood recesses for Kajak-Sport hatches that you can make and add to the deck.
It is as a pre-cut plywood kit for home builders. It can also be custom built by CSCWC.
In coordination with Björn Thomasson and Petruskajak of Sweden, we have used our advanced naval architecture and CAD programs have adapted it to true stitch & glue construction using 3mm and 4mm okoume marine plywood.
The kit includes hull and deck panels that are professionally cut and shipped by Chesapeake Light Craft from 3mm and 4mm BS 1088 okoume marine plywood, and the forms from particleboard or MDF.
The kit feature full bulkheads and a stacked plywood coaming for easy construction.
The kit includes plywood parts to construct recesses for Kajak-Sport 43/30 oval and 24 round hatches (available separately).
The kit includes only the plywood components; solid wood (for the sheer clamp), epoxy, fiberglass, hardware, foot braces, and so on are not included. It is packed in CLC’s standard kayak shipping carton.
Below is an except from Björn’s website for the strip Frej:
A couple of years ago I began sketching for a new sea kayak, based on the Njord, but shorter and more maneuverable for surfing, playing in waves and touring in rough conditions. For different reasons, I quit halfway – primarily because I was so satisfied with my Njord, and more so for every year. I found the maneuverability so excellent that I did not see the need for improving this at the expense of speed.
Furthermore, I designed the Discovery for Seabird Designs. Though shorter and wider than my initial sketch, it was received with (to me and my love for narrow and fast craft) surprising enthusiasm*, and one reviewer recommends the kayak for the very same purposes I had in mind.
So I pulled the sketches from the forgotten-ideas-folder and started playing with the hydrodynamics. Most was already done: starting from the Njord hull I had reduced the length from 559 to 507 cm, increased the beam from 51 to 54 cm, increased the keel rocker and lifted the stems slightly (a shorter kayak risks dipping the stems in steep seas more than a longer). So far so good. I aimed for approximately the same displacement as Njord – 130 kg – but ended up a few kg over that, when I was satisfied with the other hull data.
Key features are:
- Easily handled – minimal resistance in touring pace and turning almost like a white water kayak,
- Safe and snug –smooth and easily countered movements mean that you sit dry and relaxed even in rough sea conditions,
- Adaptable – Frej does whatever you want it to do, whether it is touring with a full load, play and surf in waves, rock-hopping or a rolling competition…