I’m coming down the home stretch in building a semi-replica of a Greenland kayak. It’s a little over 17 feet long, and just a shade under 21 inches at the beam. It’s a sweet looking boat with proportions that are generous enough for many modern Americans.
I started building this boat because, well, I wanted to build a boat. I’ve made about 20 of them, so I guess I have to admit that it’s a habit. I could finish it up to fit me. But I could also make it fit you, with the foot brace, the masik (a thigh brace, see it being laminated below) and the back rest adjusted to fit your body.
I am admittedly a biased source, but I find these kayaks tremendously interesting. They’re quiet in the water, light and fast, and — because they can be fit exactly to your shape — exceptionally responsive. I have fiberglass boats, but in comparison they feel, to me, dead.
If you think you might be interested, give me a call at 651 757 7479. The price will be $1200 for the boat skinned in the material of your choice (nylon, polyester or canvas) if you decide to paint or varnish it yourself. It’s $1500 if I deliver the completed kayak.