Tom included all six chines and all 11 or 12 cross-sections which made for a slow assembly process. The skin laced at the deckridge which further slowed down the process. It took about 3 hours to assemble the boat which was simply too long. However, the remarkable thing was that due to the extra flexibilty of the hull as compared to his non folding skin boats, this turned out to be the most seaworthy boat Tom had ever constructed. The flex was very noticable, but the boat conformed to the waves beautifully. It handled all conditions better than the Dyson Woodstrip double which was the same design. (especially in rough water.) Like most of us, Tom once believed that "rigid" was better but trial and error have shown that's wrong ! This photo of Tom's two-seater Baidarka taken at Tofino, BC.
Length 21 ft. Width 28 in. Weight 65 lb. Construction time: 150 hr.
Contributors to this page: Thomas Yost (TDY), Patrick Poirier (PPR), Gerald Maroske (GUM) and Hendrik Maroske (HHM)