The Anas Acuta’s lines were originally developed from a kayak built by Emanuele Korneiliussen in Igdlorssuit for Kenneth Taylor in 1959. This kayak was measured and drawn by Duncan Winning in 1964 and those measurements have appeared in several places on the Internet. I had originally provided the lines of this Igdlorssuit kayak in a HULLS file, but now that FREE!ship is available, I’ve reentered the lines of this kayak.
The year was 1959. The place was Igdlorssuit (Illorsuit is the new spelling). University student Kenneth Taylor was sent by his professor to study the kayak and Inuit culture. While there Emanuele Korneiliussen built Ken a skin-on-frame kayak. In 1964, Duncan Winning surveyed the kayak, and he passed along the information to Geoff Blackford, who modified the size. Geoff built a boat from plywood based on these modifications and named the kayak the Anas Acuta. In 1972, Frank Goodman started to commercially produce the boat. (source: Paul Caffyn, The Long Journey Home for a Greenland Kayak, originally published in The Sea Canoeist) Valley Sea Kayaks still produces the Anas Acuta.
The Anas Acuta spawned a wave of British kayaks, and according to a family tree compiled by Duncan Winning those include: Nordkapp, Skerray, Aquanaut, Pintail, Avocet, Q-Boat, Island Kayaks’ Expediton, Newt, Qaarsut(an exact replica of the hull in fiberglass with a modern deck), and Qaarsut 550. I’ve also heard that the Romany was based on the AA/Pintail, which would mean a number of other kayaks like the Meridian, Zephyr, Explorer, Alaw, Alaw Bach, Xcite, Xplore also descend from this kayak.
Duncan Winning’s family tree also lists 18 other kayaks that descend from the Taylor kayak. More info on the original.
- Design length : 16.543 [ft]
- Length over all : 16.543 [ft]
- Design beam : 1.745 [ft]
- Beam over all : 1.713 [ft]
- Design draft : 0.400 [ft]
- Mainframe location : 8.272 [ft]
- Water density : 63.989 [lbs/ft3]
- Appendage coefficient : 1.0000
- Displaced volume : 3.083 [ft3]
- Displacement : 0.088 [tons]
- Block coefficient : 0.3735
- Prismatic coefficient : 0.5241
- Wetted surface area : 16.891 [ft2]
- Longitudinal center of buoyancy : 7.758 [ft]
- Vertical center of buoyancy : 0.267 [ft]
- Mainframe area : 0.449 [ft2]
- Mainframe coefficient : 0.7126
- Length on waterline : 13.112 [ft]
- Beam on waterline : 1.574 [ft]
- Waterplane area : 13.452 [ft2]
- Waterplane coefficient : 0.6518
- Waterplane center of floatation : 7.864 [ft]
- Entrance angle : 6.624 [degr.]
- Transverse moment of inertia : 1.898 [ft4]
- Longitudinal moment of inertia : 110.92 [ft4]
- Transverse metacentric height : 0.882 [ft]
- Longitudinal metacentric height : 36.242 [ft]
Free Kayak Plan Downloads
All the free kayak plans download for The Iggy are here: The Iggy
It’s Been Built
It’s been built! & Building Ken Taylor 1959 Kayak – the Igdlorssuit: Bryan built a semi-replica. Follow along in these articles. This is a replica of a kayak built for Ken Taylor in Igdlorssuit, Greenland in 1959. Originally built skin on frame by Emanuele Korneiliussen. Lines taken in 1964 by Duncan Winning formed the basis for the Valley Anas Acuta. This outlines the rational and decisions made to choose and start to build a new kayak. Included is good advice from several people who have paddle one or more of the traditional kayaks on the short list.
Recommended Books to Buy Before Building
- Building Strip-Planked Boats: The newest book by kayak and canoe building authority, Nick Schade. A must have.
- The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build: The gold standard of kayak building books. Clearly explains all the sets of boat building from tools to epoxy work. There are so many tricks and tips in this book that you’ll be able to save time.
- Kayakcraft: Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction: Presents a slightly different way to build cedar strip kayaks. Lots of great ideas.
- The New Kayak Shop: More Elegant Wooden Kayaks Anyone Can Build: If stitch and glue is your thing, then this is the book to get.