Baidarka and Kayak Things
"Baidarka," Russian for "little boat," was the name that early Russian explorers gave to the split-bow kayak of the Aleuts. These pages provide general kayak and baidarka links and information about my boat including building discussion and tips. Click here or on the boat to go to the building page.
Whose fault is it?
There is a lot of blame to go around for this project. First and foremost, I must blame whatever grant agency awarded my grandfather an equipment grant in the 1950's. Through this grant, he purchased a c.1955 Klepper folding kayak so that he could cross some streams as part of his field work in paleobotany. After a few years, he passed the boat on to my family and we used it often on family vacations in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries, Gulf of Mexico, and New Jersey's Great Bay to name a few places. By the late 1960's I became the principal user of the boat and it lived mostly at my aunt's summer cottage in New Jersey. The boat lasted until about 1976 when the skin on the bottom was beyond patching. So, we can also blame my grandfather (who gave us the boat), my parents (who let me use it), and my aunt (who let me keep it at her house). Here is a photo of the boat c.1970 in New Jersey. It was a Klepper "Classic" similar to today's "Aerius Classic II." Next, Chris Kulczycki is somewhat to blame for his book The Kayak Shop which I purchased in 1997 while stuck at a bug-infested camp in northern Minnesota. Kulczycki is the founder of Chesapeake Light Craft which makes some nice plywood kayak kits. Finally, I would like to blame a friend at the college who had his kayak frame on display on campus last year and Morris's book nearby. Just one look...
Building the double baidarka cataloged as USNM 160336 (alt.)
Bibliography and links
I have read and recommend the following books and articles:
Note: The Zimmerly articles are all online at http://www.arctickayaks.com/Bibliography/biblioT-Z.htm#z
Useful Kayak Links:
Suppliers and Manufacturers
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