We have been developing our first NANOOK kayak kit since November 2020.
After a few months of prototyping, we have now built the first NANOOK and are enthusiastic about its handling and the low weight of only 12.5kg. Now we take care of the production and the imminent opening of our online shop!
What is the NANOOK?
Our NANOOK kayak is based on the shape of traditional Greenland kayaks and can be built within a few days without a slipway. In the fuselage frame construction, CNC-milled ribs and longitudinal strips are connected with artificial tendons and determine the shape of the fuselage. The subsequent covering with robust polyamide fabric and painting with PU varnish turn the wooden frame into a usable kayak.
The NANOOK is sufficiently stable even for beginners and has good secondary stability when edging. Due to a structural feature, the seat height can measure with that of traditionally built kayaks and gives the kayak additional stability thanks to the paddler's low center of gravity. The hull has little keel and a slight V-shape, so it is very directional. We kept the decks as flat as possible in order to offer little contact surface for the wind. The flat aft deck also makes eskimo easier.
In the design, we have set ourselves the goal of low weight, but not neglecting the statics by cleverly saving material in the right places. The kit can be built by inexperienced people with just a few hand tools. The components are already provided with holes for knotting, only the gunwales and longitudinal ribs have to be cut to length and worked on at the bow and stern.
What makes our kit special?
- The kit is built without a strongback, which saves you time and material costs.
- the weight-optimized kayak weighs only 12.5kg
- a detailed, illustrated construction manual is included in the delivery
- the method of skinning the kayak described by us allows you to install our hatch system
Test of the prototype covered with stretchwrap on the water
The fuselage frame construction method belongs to the skin-on-frame construction methods