Way back a March of 2014 I had a post about re-skinning a Qajaq (kayak) a Greenland style “Skin-on-frame” boat. Yes it consists of a wooden frame covered with some fabric. The original boats would have been covered with Seal Skins, but in more modern times we use a variety of fabrics, this one was covered with Dacron, then painted to waterproof the hull. I left that post with a couple photos after the hull was skinned, but not a complete boat that would float. I’ve seen Dave (the boat owner) a many times since but he was paddling other boats – he has a job at a kayak shop so he was testing and demonstrating a variety of boats- and owns some others. My luck was with me this past week. Dave’s boat and I showed up at the same place at the same time. He’s had it out many times but not when I was around. But this last week we paddled at a club’s weekly paddle and pot-luck. He had two boats, one was a Current Design composite hull that his son used for the evening, and the boat that we worked on and I had the chance I’d been waiting for to take some photos of it. After that the three of us paddled together for a while.
The cockpit combing.
The re-skinned Qajaq along-side the Current Design.
Paddling on the South River at Galesville, Md.