Got the frame of my new Aleut Baidarka done, and I am pretty happy with it. Took it out for its maiden voyage on an seasonably chilly April day, though just with a cling wrap skin.
Dimensions are 16.5' long, 21" beam, 14.5" deep from bottom of keel stringer to top of cockpit at masik. Materials are:
- Lumberyard spruce for the gunwales, deck and keel stringers (I scored an awesome beat up 2x10x14' that was nasty in the middle but perfect on the edges)
- Willow and dogwood ribs
- Sitka spruce bow and stern assemblies
- Pine hull stringers (Thanks Don!)
- Red cedar floorboards
- Glue-lam deck beams, coaming, and hatches. (made of fir, spruce and pine. Stuck together with PL Premium
Oh and the gap in the floorboards is so I can drop a bilge pump beside the keel stringer.