In Building a Greenland Kayak, Mark Starr writes that this kayak, collected in 1867, is the most beautiful kayak that he’s drawn. He believes that it represents a kayak in its purist form; just five sweeping curves define its shape. Although noted as a Labrador kayak, it’s actually a Greenland-style boat.
While drawing the kayak for these free plans, I didn’t encounter any real problems. The simple curves essentially faired themselves with only a little help from the computer. It’s a pretty simple kayak. I drew the fore-deck to the original drawings, so even in cedar strip, the boat will look like a replica. Near the cockpit, I attempted to approximate what the skin would look like when pulled and sewn to the cockpit coaming. The boat shouldn’t present any difficulties during a cedar strip build.
Length: 18 feet 4-1/2 inches
Width: 19 5/8 inches
Kayak and Canoe Building Books
To build this kayak, consider one of these books. These three books are the best.
- The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build: If you only buy one book, then buy this one.
- Building Strip-Planked Boats: Contains updates to lots of the techniques found in The Strip-Built Sea Kayak.
- Kayakcraft: Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction: Some really good ideas.
For more, check out my canoe and kayak building books review.
Get the Drawing Package or Free Kayak Plans Downloads
The free kayak plans come as a pdf (free Adobe Reader required to view) that you can print off at photocopy stores. The drawing package includes the full-sized study plan and each station and stem drawn separately on a PDF that prints full sized on ARCH D size paper (nestings). You can cut these out and glue them to plywood to cut full-sized forms. A pdf of the electronic drawing package is available for this kayak. You can print the file on 24- by 36-inch paper on your own.
- Download here: Peabody Essex Museum Labrador Kayak – 1867