Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Dio vs Yak rnd 3 (cont)

Just a comparison of cockpits. They are lined up at the inner backstrap. The red boat is the Perception Carolina obviously, and you can see that not only is she a general purpose yak, she is also set up as a generic paddler boat. Anyone between 150 and 300 pounds could use this boat with minimal shift in comfort.

The coaming I built is for a boat sized SPECIFICALLY to me. 6′, 195#, XX inseam and XX waist size. Yes, all of those things get taken into account. The way the measurements are taken, even how I sit is accounted for. There is a measurement for the back, and one for where the ‘sit bones’ rest, and all of that is done on a balance board to determine my center of gravity while seated, and even that is marked. No, not truly scalable, as you can’t apply one build across the board. It is scalable in the sense that all the other measurements adjust from those of the person the boat is being built for.

Anywhoos, you can see how I have the coaming strapped down with a spanish windlass and spreader board. She is still drying and slowly taking the set I want. Last I checked, that windlass was feeling a touch floppy so the set is taking. We are expecting cool weather so I’ll likely have a fire and with this sitting in the rafters, drying should accelerate some. I won’t hang it over the stove as drying too fast will cause cracks and the like, may even cause it to warp if one side dries faster than the other. Nope, rafters on opposite side of house and airflow will do all I want and need.

Still zero on the coffeetree wood, so I’m pretty much at a standstill until then. Next step is making the gunwales (pronounced gunnels, old maritime speak for ya. Kinda like forecastle pronounced foke-sul and spelled Fo’c’sle in modern navy vessels.) Cutting gunwales to length, lay out of deck beam and rib mortices, cutting said mortices, then we start to really have some fun.

Some more history, obliquely: in the last post, I showed a GIF of Brian rolling his Greenland yak. I stated I wanted to learn to do that. (Note, the carolina is so rock stable she is a serious bitch to roll. She’ll fight it and fight it, then Bloop! She’s over and so fast she tosses me out of the cockpit. The cockpit is so wide, I can’t seem to get a good knee bracing anywhere. Yes, I’ve tried to learn to roll in my current boat and can tell, it may be doable, but not for a novice, and would likely give a pro issues) but there was a question of “why?” that went unanswered.

Greenland qajaqers had a saying ” roll or die”. They didnt have all of our safety gear, PFDs, bilge pumps, etc. The had a yak, a tuilaq (a spray skirt that covers the upper body and closes the cockpit.) and a pair of paddles, some hunting gear and maybe a couple of floats for hauling in the kill. Rolling meant that they could survive bad conditions. Rolling meant they could get out to sea through big waves. Ever go swimming in big waves? Best way out was under the wave. Rolling can accomplish the same thing, as well as put the energy of the wave where the boat can handle it best; the bottom. There is even a roll called the straightjacket roll. It simulates a boater being wrapped up in his hunting lines. Imagine, miles out to sea, that bull seal you just harpooned decides he’s not going alone and gets you all tied up in rope, and gets you flipped over.

Anywhoos, my reasons are its a part of the history and it could correct a bad situation, but only if I practice it. If I don’t practice, it could get me killed when something goes screwy and I dont have that ‘tool’.

And I just think its cool.


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