Skin on frame kayaks are sometimes thought of as being delicate compared to modern factory kayaks. I believe that to be a misnomer. The kayak frame being tested in this video was built to the exact specifications of H.C. Petersen in his book Instruction in Kayak Building and is an accurate representation of mid 20th century Greenland kayaks, and a reasonable representation of kayaks that were built hundreds of years ago.
When I built my first skin on frame kayak I was immediately impressed with the sophistication of the design. It is my belief that the Inuit, without the benefit of metallic tools, adequate materials, or the knowledge base of the Chinese, Persians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Europeans, Americans, or any other culture; without a written language or structured mathematics; engineered, designed, and constructed some of the most sophisticated watercraft man has ever built. While the rest of the human race was floating around in slow, fat bottomed heavy boats the Inuit's were cruising the seas in sleek, fast hunter killers. The test documented in this video is part of my effort to prove that my belief is in fact true. More information is available in the 2013 edition of the Masik at qajaqusa.org
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