Some of the slides are large animated GIF movies. To reduce load time I have cut the assembly process into parts. Just keep in mind that the assembly happens within the skin, but is shown without the skin for clearance.
This whole shebang is available on a CDROM, including several other web sites. It is made by Charles Hall and distributed for production cost.
The animated assembly movies of LostSoul:
|Center part assembly (midsection structure).|
|Forward gunwale lock assembly (forward structure).|
|Rear gunwale lock assembly (rear structure).|
|Two-part keel assembly.|
|Inserting the hatch covers.|
With this design I wanted to reduce the height of the deck stringers. I always wondered if the one-hatch Baidarka deck design really is the big thing, partly because I am making foldable Baidarkas:
Surely the Aleut people had their ways to cope with that, but I was struggling to make my craft seaworthy. According to today's accepted safety standards. I had to change it in order to get a foldable design, and the result is very similar to the Greenlanders, especially since the waterlines of my folding kayaks come close anyway.
Well, this looks like something. I made a good rear hatch, with the pump installed and everything, skipped that rear deck stringer and now have a nicely fitting tilted cockpit. Seems like progress.
Here is what others have said about my modifications to the Aleut design.
Contributors to this page: Thomas Yost (TDY), Patrick Poirier (PPR), Gerald Maroske (GUM) and Hendrik Maroske (HHM)