This instructible will teach you how to build a 17 foot long Greenland kayak that will weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and cost less than $300 in materials. Compare that with the 45 to 60 pound weight and $1000 to $3000 of a commercial plastic kayak.
The Greenland kayak is one of dozens of different Arctic kayak designs that uses skin on frame technology. In skin on frame technology you build a lightweight frame by pegging and lashing together pieces of wood and then covering the frame with a skin. The result is a boat that is light and yet strong.
Total time to build a Greenland boat the first time around is about 100 hours. That doesn't count time spent buying or collecting materials.
This instructible is fairly long so I've broken it up into a number of sections.Besides this intro, there will be the following sections.Preparing the gunwalesBuilding the deckAdding the keelson, stem and sternAdding the ribsAdding the hull and deck stringersSewing on & painting the skin
Skin on frame building is fairly easy and does not require either fancy tools or great wood-working skills. Skin on frame boat builders in the Arctic were hunters first and boatbuilders second. Everybody built their own boat. There were no professional boat builders and so the technology was at a level that was accessible to everyone.
And for pictures of more Greenland kayaks in action go to the qajaqusa website.