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Bill Shortreed - Petrel

Bill Shortreed - Petrel

Hull and deck built with western red cedar strips, all cut from the same log. Trimmed with ash, oak and mahogany. I launched the kayak today (May 9, 2009) and it is light and nimble, a joy to paddle!

Designing a Traditional Skin On Frame

I recently took on the task of designing and building a skin-on-frame kayak in the Greenland Inuit style. "Designing" a SOF kayak before building isn't really the traditional way. Typically they are built to traditional measurements based on an anthropometric measuring system i.e. using hands, hips, arm spans etc. as measurement units. These basic measurements may be tweaked based on the builders experience, making a wider/narrower or longer/shorter as needed by the user.

Petrel-Bow

Petrel-Bow

Petrel Bow View

Petrel Pirouette

Petrel Pirouette

Putting the Petrel through a pirouette at Napatree Point

Not so Deadly Waves

Tropical storm Noel swept by New England in late October and sent some fun waves towards Napatree Point. I didn't get much good footage while paddling, but the resulting video is still fun.

Rough Water Sea Kayak Play Video

More video from the reefs in the passage between Watch Hill, RI and Fishers Island, NY. This is out near buoy #2 on a day with about a 3 knot ebb. I'm paddling my Petrel. Also on the water were a Chatham 18 and a couple NDK Explorers.

Playboating at Blue Hill Falls

After teaching my class at the WoodenBoat School, I got a chance to head up to Blue Hill for some play time. There is a reversing falls that has a nice play wave popular with the whitewater crowd. I took my Petrel in for a little surfing action: