ALEUTIAN KAYAK FROM 1805
Semi-Replica based on an 1805 scale drawing by Koriukin from G. H. Von Langsdorff's measurements.
Published in George Dyson's book "Baidarka: The Kayak" (1986/1997:38).
The 1805 drawing gives measurements in "Fuss" and "Zoll" --roughly "feet & inches," only the
drawing was executed before standardixed measurements, so I was left to my wits as to which
region-period units to use in conversion to standardized measurements. I used "Dutch Feet" which resulted
in a kayak about 16'5" long, and about 18-1/4" wide, and 11-7/8" depth-to-sheer at the cockpit-- I believe a very reasonable size for such a kayak.
Forward and aft views of the completed frame (July 30th, 2009), and the completed kayak (8-8-09).
Traditional Aleutian method of lacing a kayak's covering to the frame.
Detail of the 1805 kayak's bow.
Launched Summer 2013.