1931 Disko Bay Greenland replica kayak
20 inches wide, 6 1/2 inches deep, 16'4" long
Oh how I love the
1931! As a
designer I like the lightly aft trim, flat tail rocker, progressive bow
rocker. As an artist the perfect proportions and subtle
recurving gunwales pull my eyes into the shape. As a paddler I
appreciate the functional decklines, protective keel strips and bow
knob, and snug but not crushing Greenland fit. It's
manuverable, and balanced in the wind. Surfing in heavy
chop it spears into a following wave, you have to keep two steps ahead
on the steering or it will broach and hunt, but that's every greenland
kayak and this one seems to do better than most. I build replica
they are pretty, because every traditional kayak I build teaches me
about modern ones, because the the Greenland hunting kayak
imparts a sense of history, even if it's not my history; and
mostly, by simple virtue of proximity, the Greenland kayak
conveys a powerful intimacy with the water. This kayak scales up
beautifully, below is the same kayak, increased 7% in all dimensions,
paddled by Gary 6'2" 200lbs ex Marines Special Forces. Guys this
big don't usually fit into Greenland replicas, so the scaled version
gives him a way to enjoy these traditional kayaks.
Brian: The boat is outstanding! You are one heck of a craftsman.
The kayak in the following
destined for Wendy Michnay, resident of Orcas Island, WA. Somehow
I couldn't just shove it in a truck and send it away. Instead I
drove it up the mainland and then paddled the last 19 miles to her
house on the island. December 20th, in the teeth of a
storm, sick and sneezing, this is my bizzare idea of a
mini-vacation. A paddle through the San Juans is a Christmas
present to myself.
It fits me perfectly. It is quite watertight,showed excellent speed,
manuverability, and rolled very well. You and the inuit designer have my admiration.
I can see why you loved the boat.
I set the kayak up the same way
always, pump underneath leather lines (not bungees), spare paddle,
paddlefloat (clipped on, not just shoved under the lines), map and
compass, seat pad and full size custom made float bags fore and
aft. Four energy bars and 2 quarts of water. Cell
phone in a waterproof case.
Paddling into Rosario Strait, a
five mile crossing through confused seas and heavy shipping
traffic. It's almost noon when I leave, I take a gamble on
a fast passage with the weather and currents, knowing there are
places to get out if the plan doesn't work.
I finish the crossing just as
the current slacks and the wind hits, a dead astern following sea
makes for a fun and quick passage as the wind howls between Lopez and
Blakely island. I link waves on streaking surf runs and
occasionally submerge the kayak up to my waist. (pic taken by
Jackie on the ferry)
Three and a half hours
later the sun comes out briefly as I reach my destination, low pink
rays in the cold winter sky. I paddled hard to stay warm, but
following seas and winds the whole way helped alot.
Now it's Wendys turn to try the
Wendy likes it!
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