Quality, lifestyle and Danish design at its best!
The company was founded by the two cabinetmakers Sv. Helge Kobberup and Gerhard Sørensen in 1947, and two attractive and unique kayaks from Struer were already crossing the finishing line in 1948 at the Olympic Games in London – the first with gold to Karen Hoff from Randers and the second with silver to Frederik Kobberup from Struer was the trail-blazing result.
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Elegance, functionality and speed!
The attractive shape, the functionality and the design. Struer Kajak has always developed kayaks in the same uncompromising quality, and under exactly the same principles.
Craftsmanship in a class of its own.
Unrivalled durability and stability. The kayaks from Struer Kajak will become the obvious choice if functionality, the ideal form and the choice of the perfect materials are important in your search.
Limfjorden, Attack, Sprinter, Fighter, Rapido, Shark, Pointer, Hunter, Lancer and Ranger. LIMFJORDEN, ATTACK, ARROW, SPRINTER, FIGHTER, RAPIDO, SHARK, POINTER, HUNTER, LANCER AND RANGER.
Names and models from Struer Kajak A/S which bring back memories among kayak enthusiasts in all countries.
For 30 years, the company’s famous designer Jørgen Samson built upon the many experiences from the Olympic Games and world championship events where the Struer kayaks were long the lone leaders.
After the first successes, the kayaks were developed with an ever narrower forepart together with a more ample quarterdeck.
competitions in kayaks from Struer.
Best Olympic Games winners are:
- 1948 Frederik Kobberup (DEN) Silver
- 1948 Karen Hoff (DEN) Gold
- 1952 Gert Fredriksson (SWE) Gold
- 1956 Gert Fredriksson (SWE) Gold
- 1960 Erik Hansen (DEN) Gold
- 1968 Mihály Hesz (HUN) Gold
- 1972 Aleksandr Sjaparenko (USR) Gold
- 1984 Alan Thompson (NZL) Gold
- 1992 Clint Robinson (AUS) Gold
- 1996 Knut Holmann (NOR) Gold
- 1996 Antonio Rossi (ITA) Gold
Maintenance of wooden kayaks
Wooden kayaks are generally extremely weather resistant and durable, so if you simply follow good practice and avoid major damage, no special precautions have to be taken compared with maintenance of kayaks in other materials such as plastic, kevlar and fibreglass or carbon fibre.
Salt water does not damage the lacquer, but rinsing with fresh water is recommended.
Best to wash and dry after use. Store the kayak or canoe with the deck facing up – condensed water in the boat will then be able to evaporate.
Cover minor scratches in the lacquer with epoxy glue or lacquer.
A kayak from Struer is incredibly strong and easy to maintain. The wood simply becomes more attractive as time passes, and whatever its age, the Struer kayak retains its rigidity and its unique go when the paddle is pulled.
To achieve a high speed, the material may not be yielding or dead. A kayak’s hull must be a light shell which is tensioned like a spring against the pressure of the water. Only wood possesses this property. All plastics have a high elasticity or lose their resilience during use and under the effects of wind and weather.
But moulded wood cannot be pressed out of shape, not even during storage on land. The resilience in the hull of a wooden kayak remains the same. The first moulded Struer kayaks are still intact after +60 years, so if you want both enduring quality and a racing kayak built under the latest principles, Struer Kajak is an inevitable partner in your hunt for success at whatever your level.
It’s a good idea to polish the kayak or canoe once a year. Use polish and wax, and your kayak or canoe will feel like new.
If you need materials for repairs, we would recommend contacting a local cabinetmaker for help/advice.
Use either epoxy glue (e.g. West system or Araldite blue) or PU glue. Please note that PU glue requires some pressure (3-4 kg). This is not required with epoxy glue.
Lightly sand the first (top) layer of old lacquer with fine-grained sandpaper (e.g. 3M grit 618 P120). The wood’s pores are now open and will ensure good adhesion.
Carefully clean the sanded surface with spirit.
Spray or brush with lacquer at an ambient temperature of 20oC. Allow to dry until the next day.
Use water sandpaper (min. grit 1,200) and steel wool no. 000.
Finally, polish the surface with a fine quality polish (e.g. Farécla G3 general) with a good handful of cotton waste or cloth – polish until a shining surface is obtained.
Conclude by polishing by hand or machine (use Turtle wax with teflon). If polishing by hand, use an approx. 5 cm piece of foam rubber and polish either the deck or the hull first.
IMPORTANT: avoid polishing in direct sunlight. Use only two-component DD polyurethane lacquer.
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