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Fram Museum 1888 West Greenland Kayak Plans

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The kayak is Fram number 176. Native Greenlanders built the kayak in 1888 for one of arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen’s colleagues after Nansen’s successful crossing of the Greenland icecap.

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Product Description


You have several download options:

  • Download the free and full-sized study plan. This includes the stem and station plans on one sheet of paper.
  • Download the entire drawing package. This 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. You can cut these out and glue them to plywood to cut full-sized forms. These include cutout locations for Yost-style stringers.
  • The electronic DelftShip model. You can use this to visualize or modify the model that the drawing was based on.

If you build a boat from these drawings, please, send a picture. We will add it to this page.

Building Instructions

These are drawings only, and they do not include building instructions. For that, you’ll need to turn elsewhere. These are our recommendations. These are listed in order from best to just books that are good to have.

Canoe Building Books

  1. Canoecraft: An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction
  2. Building a Strip Canoe by Gil Gilpatrick
  3. Strip Built Canoe: How to build a beautiful, lightweight, cedar strip canoe
  4. Canoe Paddles: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own

Kayak Building Books

  1. The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build
  2. Kayakcraft: Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction
  3. The New Kayak Shop: More Elegant Wooden Kayaks Anyone Can Build

General Books About Canoe and Kayak Building

  1. Building Strip-Planked Boats

Drawing Delivery Time

If the drawing has been drafted into individual nestings, i.e. previously purchased, you will be able to download the drawings immediately after purchase. You will receive an email with the download link. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam box. If it hasn’t been drafted yet, it will take two to three weeks before delivery of the PDF.

Download Terms

After paying, you have 3 days and 3 attempts to download the drawings. If you encounter problems, you will need to contact us.

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Note: If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay via credit card by clicking the “Don’t have a PayPal Account” tab during checkout. Download begins immediately after you pay.


We do not accept returns on electronic drawings.

Copyright Notice

Copyright notice: These drawings and files are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. Permission is granted for an individual to use these drawings to build a boat for personal use, but any commercial use, including but not limited to building for commercial gain, including plans in a compilation, such as but not limited to free or paid compilations on a book, DVD, pdf, zip file or website, must be approved prior to the use and requires written permission.


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