-- Last Updated: Apr-26-13 8:15 AM EST --
Can somebody tell me that Gun Whale in Kayak really exist?If you do, tell me why it is called Gun whale if I'm not mistaken. My lecturer told me to find out how Gun Whale got it name. In Malaysia, we call gun whale, that represent the line at the side of Kayak. Share your opinion. Thank you.
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Posted by: pblanc on Apr-26-13 8:24 AM (EST)
It is actually gunwale rather than gunwhale which some contract to "gunnel".
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Posted by: clarion on Apr-26-13 9:35 AM (EST)
"wale" or "waler" is still used in the shoring biz to describe longitudinal strengthening members
Posted by: gstamer on Apr-26-13 9:36 AM (EST)
On a traditional skin-on-frame, the "gunwale boards" are the main structural element of the kayak, forming the upper sides of the kayak. The boards are usually canted at an angle, and this causes the ends of the kayak to rise once the boards are spread apart. The deck beams attach near the top of the gunwales and the ribs attach beneath.