During my weekly Ebay scan for kayak stuff and ran across this:
Its kinda far from me, but I sometimes head up to that area - however its a bit too far to just go up there and see if it fits...
Are S.O.F. kayaks (after being built) really particular on the fit of the paddler? Ie they do not take as wide of a range of paddlers as commercially made kayaks?
Some additional info from the seller:
"...from the seat to top of coaming is 6.5", great for layback rolls.
There are no footpegs but the is a station that is setup for my 32" inseam."
"It's not based on any Yost boats, only his construction
It's primarily based on Ken Taylor's 1959 Kayak-the Igdlorssuit
am the builder and I modified the design plans so that it would fit my
dimensions at 5'-11". My daughter is 5'-8" and has plenty of room in it.
I didn't have any pre-conceived notions about specific use, it was simply
an exercise in boat building. I've built 11 boats and wanted to try a SOF.
It's been 2.5 years since I built it.
It tracks well, so cruising up and
down the river is no problem. It doesn't feel tippy to me or my daughter.
It rolls just fine. The coaming inside dimensions: 16.75" x 19.75"."
I am 5'5", with an inseam around 28" - probably wont fit unless I find a way to install adjustable foot braces or add in 3-4" brace extension from one of the braces?
Was thinking about building an S.O.F., and would be nice to have an example to examine when (if) I start to build one - but would be better if I could actually paddle it....
Thanks in Advance!,
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most greenland boats fit like a glove|
Posted by: nickjc on Dec-13-12 6:59 PM (EST)
Skin boats aren't that hard to build. I built one in my basement over a winter about 20 yrs ago. I have several friends who have built them. I recommend Chris Cunningham's book if you want a Greenland boat.
I've paddled several of these|
Posted by: redmond on Dec-13-12 10:04 PM (EST)
and they're awesome boats.
I wouldn't buy unless I could paddle it|
Posted by: nchill on Dec-14-12 9:06 AM (EST)
I'd be as concerned with the deck height in front of the cockpit (masik) as behind. Trying to modify foot braces after the skin is on might be impossible. If you pad out the cockpit over your thighs and can get a good tight fit there, you don't need foot pegs/rests. It looks like it is well made. The bottom looks fairly flat which should make it feel stable for a range of paddler weights. $250 for a kayak is a very good deal. That probably barely covers the material costs to build. You could take a chance and if you don't like it you could probably get your money back be reselling.
Posted by: qajaqer2 on Dec-14-12 9:22 AM (EST)
What size are you? Will you be comfortable with your legs out pretty flat? The masik is listed as 8.5". Depending on your thigh size that can be good or bad. What do you want to use it for? It does look good and the Igdlorssuit was the kayak the Anas Acuta was based on. My husband built that design as a hard shell and it is a nice kayak. For $250 it might be worth it.
Posted by: kayak_bob on Dec-14-12 10:35 AM (EST)
Size may be wrong|
Posted by: qajaqer2 on Dec-14-12 6:03 PM (EST)
According to the ad, the masik or deck beam is 8.5" high. What is the height on the Tchaika? Measure straight up and down from the thigh braces or front of the coaming. You know how yor fit in that. Your feet will not reach the foot beam. You can paddle without that, but I don't find that comfortable. SOFs can be really uncomfortable if they
Posted by: kayak_bob on Dec-14-12 9:45 PM (EST)
Oh hey there! Forgot your username. ;-)
Built for the paddler|
Posted by: mintjulep on Dec-14-12 11:31 AM (EST)
A "proper" Greenland kayak is built to dimensions that are derived from various body size measurements of the intended paddler.
Posted by: wavespinner on Dec-15-12 10:06 AM (EST)
Upon entering the SOF world a couple years ago, I was a little surprised to learn that used SOFs are bought, resized and reskinned by devotees. Some builders are known as especially skilled and their frames are sought after and pass through multiple owners.
Posted by: jerrysmith on Dec-14-12 2:09 PM (EST)
SOF kayaks tend to be very unique to the particular person who built it. They can be made “steady” or “tippy” depending on whatever the builder has in mind and his / her skill level.
I built one of these|
Posted by: Kocho on Dec-15-12 10:34 AM (EST)
Yost-style wood frame kayaks a few years ago (to my own specs and off my own plans) and the cost of materials was over $200, probably less than $300 if I recall right. That was with cheap wood and expensive cloth (12oz vs. the lightweight stuff) and goop (2-part urethane vs. some paint).
qajaqusa.org. spelling error|
Posted by: qajaqer2 on Dec-15-12 11:42 AM (EST)
Posted by: jerrysmith on Dec-15-12 11:44 PM (EST)
The site is qajaqusa.org (Greenlanic spelling)
Thank you everyone!|
Posted by: kayak_bob on Dec-17-12 10:57 AM (EST)
Thank you everyone!