Baidarka Building Process
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The Baidarka Building Process Illustrated
This series of pages illustrates the basic steps in building a Baidarka or Aleut kayak.
Building a baidarka takes about 120 hours of time. In the classes we finish a boat in nine eight hour days. If you do the math, that's 48 hours short of 120, but when you take my class, I buy all the lumber, order the fabric, cut the wood and do all the preparation that's normally part of the 120 hours.
A one hatch baidarka is made up out of the following components.
Preliminaries and Gunwale PrepThe building process starts with an asessment of what sort of boat you want, how wide, how long, how heavy, how stable, how fast. And we talk about what you want to use it for.
Next we get your body dimensions for positioning the deck beams in the vicinity of the cockpit. These are the length of your legs, and the position of your knees. If you are building a low volume boat, we also get the elevation of your thighs and your feet.
Then we cut the gunwales to length. Length of the gunwales is roughly two feet less than the total length of the boat.
Once we have arranged the gunwale boards so that their grain matches, we nail them face to face so they can be marked as a pair.
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