Bjorn Thomasson Frej 18'

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  1. JohnAbercrombie

    JohnAbercrombie Paddler

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    After a quiet summer away from my shop, I finally got my newly built Frej in the water this week.
    It's 18' LOA; I built a 16' version a few years ago and really like it. I was trying for a bit longer boat - not to be faster, which it isn't with my 'motor'- but to gain a bit more stowage space.

    Strip built with glass/epoxy.
    6oz glass cloth
    Weight in the 50s (lbs)
    Carbon seat and cockpit coaming.
    RegLake-style skeel.
    SeaLect Oval Performance hatches.
    Nigel Foster -style spare paddle bag on aft deck.
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  2. mick_allen

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    John, that boat looks like a million bucks! great attention to detail, amazing craftsmanship - as usual.
     
  3. JohnAbercrombie

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    Thanks, Mick.

    I find new elements to make mistakes on, with every build!
    Getting better at hiding them, though....
    :)
     
  4. JohnAbercrombie

    JohnAbercrombie Paddler

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    On the beach, Sidney Is Sept 28 - a perfect paddling day.
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  5. tiagosantos

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    Stunning! Did it paddle significantly differently from the 16' Frej?
     
  6. eriktheviking

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    Wow- great looking boat.

    Is it only stretched lengthwise from the standard version, or are there changes to the beam and deck height as well?
     
  7. JohnAbercrombie

    JohnAbercrombie Paddler

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    Thanks.
    It wasn't very breezy at all, but I got the impression that (as expected) the boat was a bit more sensitive to wind than the 16-footer. A bit more skeel down solved the problem.
    With a load of gear and water, things should change a bit, perhaps.
     
  8. JohnAbercrombie

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    Thanks, Erik.

    Only the length - form spacing and stems- were changed; the cross-sections stayed the same as designed.
    From what I've seen, all of Bjorn Thomasson's plans come with a table showing several different overall length versions.
    The Frej plans give mold spacings to build boats from 481 cm (15'9") to 533 cm (17'6") LOA.
    I checked with Bjorn and he said that increasing the length up to 18' would be OK.

    The deck is quite low, so for anybody with a shoe size greater than 10 or 10.5 (US), raising the deck might be a good idea. I wear neoprene 'creek shoes' to paddle the Frej; my sneaker-like 'water shoes' are a very tight fit. My normal running shoe size is 9.5. I pad out the bulkhead when I can in my own boats; I like to move my feet around and prefer that to using footpegs, so perhaps larger shoes would fit, though not move easily.
     
  9. JohnAbercrombie

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