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Koryak Kayak
Museum of the Peoples of the USSR, St. Petersberg, MEP 11413
(see Lines drawing in PDF file)
Koryak Kayak
  • Length - 10' 6"
  • Beam - 28.0" 
  • Depth to Sheer - 13.0"
  • Weight - 42.3 lbs.
  • Loaded kayak stable to 
    45 degrees

The Koryak kayak is the shortest full-sized hunting kayak. One example (MAE ) is only 8' long. The paddles are another unique feature. About the size and shape of ping-pong paddles, they are attached to the kayak with a lanyard. This kayak was used in Kamchatka for hunting seals near shore. With its small volume, seals must have been towed ashore. Otherwise the deck would have been awash. The kayak's width compensates for the deep V-shaped bottom to keep it reasonably stable.

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