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Building a Greenland Kayak

Here are some pics from the Mystic Seaport class on building a Greenland Kayak with Mark Starr. I never thought my Arctic Tern would look fat, but after building this sleek seal-hunting kayak, other boats just don't compare. The boat's about 16 feet and a little over 18 inches wide - a little bigger than traditional boats. It ended up being about 30 pounds.

Everything is held together with lashings - here's the uncovered stern.

Laying out the keel.

A view of our workshop.

Each of the four students built a boat - the size tailored to the individual.

I had the smallest boat in the group.

Mark helping lay out the frame.

Mike's hands couldn't take all the hard tensioning of the lashings. Either that or he was smarter than the rest of us.

Thad working on his keel.

The ribs are steam-bent and everything is held in compression by the lashings.

Lashings on the keel and chines.

Bow closeup.

We figured we didn't have to buy the expensive Mystic food anymore with this find.

You can see the secret tools of the native Greenlanders at work here.

This is what I call a compound lashing - can you guess which two it's made of?.

The construction of the bow before it's sewn up.

The skin's all sewn.

Mike and I with our finished kayaks.

I camped out at Mike's house over the weekend. Here's the boat ready to go home. Only a little longer than my car.

I finished the kayak (polyurethane) at the Flight Landata office. Unfortunately by the 3rd coat, it was pretty dark and I was getting attacked by bugs - some of their remains will remain alway s with the boat. Unfortunately I also left drips on the side.

Polyurethaning tools.

You can see my sewing skills in this canvas/foam/velcro seat I made. I know enough to put the stiches on the inside!

Arctic Boat Weekend 2004 at Mystic Seaport. Learned rolls, watched demos of some of the best greenland paddlers in the US.