This Kayak: For You?

LC43 kayak

Faithful readers know I’ve had a garage problem, which is to say too little garage for the number of boats I’ve made. I partially addressed that issue recently by selling off a skin-on-frame kayak. So needless to say, it’s time to start building another.

After some chin-pulling over replicating a King Island kayak, I’ve decided to go instead with a version of a kayak first built in west Greenland almost 200 years ago. The survey of this kayak (pictured above) is borrowed from Harvey Golden’s excellent book, Kayaks of Greenland. Collected in 1834 at Avagait, Greenland, and now residing in the Danish National Museum, the kayak is a hair over 17 feet long, about 20.5 inches wide, and fairly flat-bottomed with an elegant rake at the stern.

My plan is to build a version now as preparation for a kayak-building class I plan to offer this winter. I can build it for myself, but — better still — I could build it to fit you. If you’ve got a hankering for a piece of kayak history that is also reasonably proportioned for many modern Americans, this could be your boat. Want more details? Send me a line using the comment form below.

By the way, the red and white, stitch-and-glue kayak in the previous post remains for sale.


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