Greenland Kayak

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Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:08 pm

Started building this a few weeks ago. Steamed the ribs yesterday. It's starting to look like a boat...

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by BearLeeAlive » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:15 pm

Looking forward to seeing the progress, Randy.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Moonman » Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:22 pm

Hey Randy,

Which model/plans - or is this a boat you designed yourself? Looking forward to progress pics.

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Chipper1959 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:39 am

Electrical outlets on the strongback ! Cool !

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:50 am

the outlets on the other side have cedar strip outlet covers. They (the outlets) have been handy. I'm very glad I installed them.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by alick burt » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:16 pm

mmm Looks cool I have just started dipping into the world of kayak building as I am reading Nick Schades book.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:24 pm

Glen, Could you move this thread to the "Project Directories - Non-Bear Mountain Designs" section....

Here's a couple pics of the kayak with the stems and chines lashed in place:

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It's up to 15 pounds now.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Glen Smith » Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:47 pm

Great project Randy! I couldn't put it in Non-Bear Mountain Designs. You would have to re-post it all there then delete it from here. Not worth all the trouble.

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:04 am

Moonman, I picked up a copy of the Robert Morris book "building Skin-on-Frame Boats" at the Canadian Canoe Museum in August. I've been following the Greenland Kayak story there. I found it to have (what must be) several errors as I read along. Then I found a copy of Christopher Cunningham's "Building the Greenland Kayak" and have been reading that as well (which I find to be more "readable"). So, this boat is a combo of those books (there are lots of similarities between them but also quite a few differences).

Most measurements are taken from your own body rather than a specific plan. For example, the gunwale length is three fathoms (the span of your outstretched hands) minus one cubit (the length from your elbow to the tips of your fingers). The beam is the width of your hips plus two fists. Assessment of how accurate you are doing is all in the eye rather than in a plan you can measure. A much shorter build cycle than I'm used to (although I'm sure I'll stretch it out longer than necessary - I won't make the freeze so might as well stretch it til the spring thaw)...
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Moonman » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:23 pm

Thanks Randy. I've seen that skin on Frame book before. One day I will add it to my library. I've been thinking of a kayak for a while as well - when I do start one I think it will be one of the One Ocean designs though.

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:31 pm

Here's the latest. It's up to 16 pounds now but I'm very close to having all the wood on it. The box containing the nylon and 2-part polyurethane weights 15 pounds total. So, the final weight should be around 30 pounds.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:26 pm

I finished the frame on Thanksgiving Day (US). Here's a pic:
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I couldn't resist the beautiful weather so I wrapped a layer of vapor barrier around it and threw it in the lake:

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It seems to be a bit light in the bow (what do you think? - I'm no expert. But then again, no gear...).

It's 30F colder today and suppose to stay cold for the foreseeable future...
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:08 pm

I sewed the nylon fabric on the frame today. Tomorrow I should be able to get the coaming sewn on.

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It looks better if you stand farther away from it:


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It now weighs 24.4 pounds (with coaming).
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Glen Smith » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:58 pm

That looks great Randy! Are you using a clear coating or paint?

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:40 pm

After the coaming is sewn on, I'll be coating the nylon fabric with a 2 part polyurethane to make it water-proof. I'm going to dye the nylon before the 2-part poly... (haven't decide the color yet).
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