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Irene Avaalaaqjaq 1976 *

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Kodiak 3-hole Kayak
Museum of Anthropography Ethnography, St. Petersberg, MAE 536-24  (see Lines drawings [2] in PDF)
Kodiak Kayak
  Cold Bay, Alaska - Courtesy of UW Photography Lab, No. 87081-6.
 
  • Length - 26' 5.7"
  • Beam - 31.2"
  • Depth to Sheer - 30.5"
  • Weight - 100 lbs (estimated)
  • Loaded kayak stable to  51 degrees

This three-hole craft is the longest kayak found in these plans. This would be a great family kayak or would suit a camping couple who want to a carry lot of gear in the centre cockpit. Like all Kodiak kayaks it is stable with a generous beam. The ridged deck adds to its ample volume.

This kayak is believed to have developed from the two-hole kayak to meet the needs of Russian missionaries, traders and explorers. The passenger sat regally in the centre cockpit while native paddlers ferried him. These kayaks were also
used in the massive sea otter hunts orchestrated by Russian overseers. The hunter in the centre cockpit would be in charge of the hunt directing the paddlers as they surrounded and exhausted the otter.

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