George Dyson of Bellingham, Washington designed this skin-on-frame kayak. His design called for aluminum tubing for the frames. When Alex Zimmerman built this kayak, he modified the planking to a marine plywood and cedar sandwich. He used Douglas-fir for the keels and wales and Ramin doweling for the stringers. The skin of the kayak is 15 oz nylon sewn in place and waterproofed with seven coats of Hypalon on the bottom and five on the deck. Construction took about 300 hours over 2 years.
Bruce Lemon designed this 17' Aleutian Baidarka skin-on-frame kayak, built by Charles Hall of Salt Lake City, UT. He made the frames from bent oak lashed to Douglas fir stringers. The skin is a synthetic canvas sewn together on top and around the canvas coaming. He used no glue or screws. Charles launched the kayak in June 2004. He uses it on the waterways of the Rocky Mountains and the northwest US. His son and grandson are shown in this photograph. Contact Charles at 2652 E. 6200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84121