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Free Kayak Plans: 1883 Southwestern Greenland Kayak

1883 Southwestern kayak 3-D plan view

The original survey for the 1883 Southwestern Greenland kayak appears in The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America (Figure 206). Howard I. Chapelle, the surveyor, writes that this kayak represent one of the last southwestern Greenland boats of the old style, a style characterized by a strong sweeping sheer at the bow and stern. This kayak shows what Chapelle believed was close to the maximum amount of rocker used in a southwestern-style kayak. The original survey shows bone plates pegged to the bow and stern to protect the kayak from landing and launch on ice. Chapelle writes that the old form was a fast and handy hunting boat.

These free drawings include a pdf of the station and stem plans, a 3-D view of the boat with axis baselines and an image of the linesplan. The original kayak used two deck beams, but because they’re not shown on the survey, I decided to round the deck slightly following the profile view of the survey. Where Chapelle’s survey disagrees, I defaulted to the profile and plan views instead of his stations.


Length: 16 feet, 6 inches
Beam: 20 inches
Depth: 6-7/8 inches

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Get the Drawing Package

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.

Free Kayak Plans Downloads

The free cedar kayak plans come as a pdf (free Adobe Reader required to view) that you can print off at photocopy stores. Paid options upgrades are also available. See all the options here:

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  • Anyway we could get a larger image of the linesplan? Can’t read the numbers.

  • Oh, and this is great stuff, keep them coming.

  • I replaced the small linesplan image with a larger one.

  • I have done it last year with my son.
    I have use the drawing founded on the excellent dashpoint pirate blog.
    The model is 60cm long, the next one will be longer.
    You can see it on my facebook page

  • Nice, Jean-Luc!

  • […] in The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America. The kayak is similar in length and width to the 1883 Southwestern Greenland kayak with a few differences. The 1921 kayak shows little rocker, whereas, according to Chapelle, the […]

  • […] modern design than both the Southwestern Greenland kayaks (Figure 206 and 207) that appear as free plans in earlier posts. Chapelle notes that later kayaks had greater rake of the stems, reduced deadrise […]

  • […] 1883 Southwestern Greenland Kayak — Length: 16 feet, 6 inches Beam: 20 inches Depth: 6-7/8 inches […]

  • Is it possible to build a SOF kayak from the nestings of this kayak?

    • If it’s a Yost-style then the stations won’t be in the right places, but you should be able to make a SOF by using the stations to. The deck will need to be improvised as I drew a rounded deck instead of a traditional deck. For Yost-style, if you know where you want the stations, I can send you the custom stations.

      • Will it matter whether I use the Yost-style or just us the stations? I was considering using the stations as follows. The station directly in front of the cockpit and then a station every two feet until I reached the bow and then I was going to use station no. 2. The same thing with behind the cockpit. If I remember correctly from looking at the lines from the photo.

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