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I'm currently building a Greenland style kayak using Sea Kayaker's instructions. So far, it's been a totally different experience from building my Guillemot last winter. The instructions are good, and the boat goes together quickly. You could have the frame together in a 2 - 3 weeks if you worked on it on a daily basis. I'm getting ready to steam the ribs this weekend using yellow cedar (it's lighter than oak if wieght is a consideration). I plan on starting a baidarka frame soon using Wolfgang Brinck's book. It's become apparent that the Greenland style kayak will have an exceedingly low volume, plus I'm just having a good time putting the frames together. I'm also interested to see how the two hulls will compare since their lines are so different. I'd also recommend checking out the baidarka archives. They are an extremely knowledgeable and helpful group. Good luck. No matter what you build you're going to like it.
> I am considering constructing a skin boat. I'm pretty up on the availible
> wood boats, but am unsure what options are available for skin boats. The
> only two that come to mind are an article in Sea Kayaker several years ago
> that I have heard referenced on several occasions but have not read, and
> the book by Putz. Does anyone have any knowledge as to the relative
> performance of these two boats, their relative ease of construction, or
> any info on other options for building Greenland style skin boats.
> Thanks, Dave Walker
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