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Qiviuq - The Kayak


The kayak that Herman will be using is a home-built, wood and fiberglass baidarka. The baidarka is based on a centuries old Inuit design, which is fitting for the area in which it will be used.  
This, though, is not the reason he will be paddling this boat. 

He used a version of the same boat during his paddle to Glacier Bay last year and it performed very well.

The new boat is identical to last year's with the only difference being a slightly raised deck and somewhat longer cockpit.  The higher deck is to give him more toe room; the slightly longer cockpit  so that he can fully stretch his legs to relax when paddling, even when wearing heavy mukluks.

It has a multi-chine hull which makes it very stable, even in rough seas. It also has a very distinctive design with its bifurcated bow and cutwater in front of the bow and the rather large stern skeg. 

The cutwater is only found on the Inuit kayaks.  Its function is to part the waves before they reach the hull which reportedly makes the kayak faster and more stable. The large skeg at the stern helps keep it tracking straight, irrespective of the wave and wind direction.

As a result, though, the kayak has a large turning radius. It is certainly not a boat that can turn on a dime, but it is exceptionally well suited for long distances on open water.

The baidarka is reputed to be a fast kayak, although at an average paddling speed of three miles per hour, speed is relative.

 

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