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Submitted: 01-09-2004 by Christian Hoy
The Greenlander - as its name implies - is a kayak which is heavily based on the early Greenlandic design. From its circular cockpit to its 45 degree “tail” this kayak is not only a work of art, but it is also very well designed from a template that is well over 300 years old. Mine came with a rope skeg, wooden spacer “beads” and bulkheads both fore and aft. It uses the round rubber Kajak Sport hatches to keep the water out, and I had special round skirt made. As for performance, it handles both rough and flat-water very well. Given more than three centuries of tweaking and tuning, this Inuit-inspired design really shows what it can do in both the speed and rolling categories. My boat did not come with foot-pegs or thigh-braces - when Nigel Dennis said “traditional” they meant it. I later added foam against the front bulkhead so my feet had contact for bracing, and after that, I discovered it could be rolled without any other added padding. The rope skeg is very useful, since this boat has some tendency to weathercock with the absence of gear or other ballast. The hard chines gives the Greenlander good stability for its width, and this boat cleaves through the water with the lightest of strokes. All that aside, this is not a boat for everyone. Unless you are really set in classic style padding and design, you should try this kayak before buying.