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||Posted: May 22 2006,11:46
Seems as though you showed up on the day the local Greenland kayaking group showed up with their amazing Greenland and Aleut kayaks and paddling gear. These guys mostly build their own: stitch and glue, strip built, skin-on-frame using traditional designs and often using traditional methods.
Most of these are based on anthromorphic measurements, eg. kayak length is 3 times your arm span, width is your hips plus two fists, depth is your fist with thumb extended (ala "hitchhiker"), etc.
Most weigh about 35 to 40 lbs and are quite seaworthy. The best of them are faster than most of the best modern designs.
I know some of these guys, like Kris Buttermore, Charlie Depres and others. A great bunch of guys who respect and carry on the ancient traditions and methods.
I had intended to be there, but Sue Sea wasn't up to it. BTW, the short hand paddles you saw are exactly that: hand paddles, used in rolling.
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