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> 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. . .
> any info on other options for building Greenland style skin boats.
Get a copy of the catalog from Clark Craft. It is $5. You can order it from their website (www.clarkcraft.com). Or send them a note.
16 Aqua Lane
Tonawanda , NY, 14150
Phone is (716)873-2640
You really only need the two or three pages on kayaks, but the rest of the catalog will fire your imagination.
They have plans, descriptions, and some photos of 14 skin-on frame kayaks. singles, doubles, touring, racing, kid sized, foldable, etc. This is areally quite a few options. Some have steam bent ribs, and others have frames made of plywood, so besides performance, you have a cholce of building methods and materials.
My old copy of their catalog listed the prices of plans for any of these boats at $26 per set, which seems pretty reasonable.
They can also send you a copy of their free price list, which has materials for building skin boats: heavy canvas at a fair price, solid brass tacks, and brass keel strips to protect that part of the boat.
The pictures alone are quaint enough to make buying this catalog worthwhile. Several of the kayakers are wearing sweaters and dress shirts, sport coats, and I think one kid is wearing a tie. Very proper paddling technique, indeed.
I wonder if they are worried about secondary stability and doing eskimo rolls?
Hope this helps
Paul G. Jacobson
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