14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Bold effort, but not the best alternative,
This review is from: The Aleutian Kayak: Origins, Construction, and Use of the Traditional Seagoing Baidarka (Paperback)
I've just completed a canvas covered Greenland kayak using G. Putz book, and I picked this one up along the way. Of four paperback books by the same publisher, this one is the least useful. There's a lot to be said about attempting to replicate native boat-building - and the author deserves praise for his research and efforts. However, I have trouble understanding why you would make a canvas covered boat on a frame that can't possibly be as good as an Aleutian's work when you exert just as much effort in a similar boat with a western frame. It seems to me also that this particular boat is a first-time effort by the author and there are things about it that make it seem unstable and uneven. The hull dimensions, for example, are not exact which can make a tippy boat or one that drags to one side. For a canvas covered boat I would strongly recommend G. Putz's book or for a strip boat, Mr. Shade's. Both individuals have built many many boats and their narratives are much more detailed.