''Lostsoul by Hendrik Maroske: Early Stage of Folding "Greenland " Baidarka''
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:
- A deck with a ridge like the baidarka's is difficult to climb upon
after a wet exit
- I cannot find a good way to attach a paddle outrigger to the deck of
my folding baidarka(s). With my brother's Greenland Style folding kayak,
this is no problem. The reason is the deck ridge. His boat has none.
- At least I cannot lie down on the rear deck while sitting in the cockpit.
This is needed for practicing Eskimo rolling techniques. The deck ridge
is the problem.
- A flat deck allows neater hatches, both for rigid and foldable boats.
- I couldn't find a really good mounting point for my hand pump. A foldable
boat is a sad place for this, but this deck ridge...
- Mounting a compass results in an essential item placed on this deck
ridge, where it is easily ripped off. I cannot recess the compass in a
foldable hull. With a flat deck, I can place the compass within a centered
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 of this are waterlines very alike
to those of the Greenlanders.
- I very much appreciate the baidarka's carrying capacity. Loading the
Baidarka always was something like "Put the bag in". In comparision
to that, I have strong recalls about someone placing tiny bits of equipment
onto the paddle and then carefully inching them into the narrow hull. Something
alike the "baker man is beaking bread". And as slow. (Hi, Gerald
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.
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Contributors to this page:
Thomas Yost (TDY), Patrick Poirier (PPR), Gerald Maroske (GUM) and Hendrik Maroske (HHM)