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    These are all the parts I need to build another Umiaq. For three weeks now, mostly inside because -61 is too frikkin' cold to work out in, I came up with all the dryed Spruce trees and poles Id saved from summer and reduced them with hand tools, some electric, some not, into 22 floor boards, 44 ribs, 6 seats, a bow and stern (made of glued and screwd plywood lamination) a keel, 2 chines, 4 stringers a set of gunwhales and an inwhale.........The gunwhales still need to be reduced, but since they are last to go on, before the skinning, and that'll happen when its warm enough to really strech things and shrink them together, as the skin itself will put alot of push/pull pressure on the members, and they will need something over Zero to get right the first time.Its fairly flat bottomed with 2-1/2 inches of dead rise on a 4-1/2 foot wide bottom, 3-1/2 feet of sheer, and 7-1/2 fet wide, 36 feet long, and about 350 lbs skinned. This is ideal for the shallows of our rivers, and the lakes/inlets to Kotzebue sound and its great all summer long hunting.
    Wind, tugging and maybe a motor slung overboard, or just warping along the shore will do just fine, as well as a spray skirt that can add 1-1/2 feet of freeboard in rough seas. Can be hauled up on ice in the pack or shore to serve as a wind and rain proof roof, and the biggest benifits besides being able to take everything I want to along is the fact that Ill be able to take all the kids, mutts, friends and junk.
    well, it took three weeks of a few hours a day, and now the sun is up long enough for hunting of fresh meats and valuable Fur to start, so this project will sit untill its warm and dripping. Ill let ya know then, and hopefully post boating pictures all summer.
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    Looking forward to seeing this in the water.
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    Hey stranger,
    That is grand.
    I look forward to more build pics.
    It is nice to see a boat being built other than the one in front of me.
    Go cat go

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    Thats a heck of a project, 36' x 7 1/2', a big boat. Looking forward to seeing it built. Do you use caribou skins or a canvas of some sort, how do you keep passengers/freight/dogs etc from putting to much wear/pressure/holing the outside skin ?

    Thanks for putting this up here.

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    Stranger:

    If you ever have the time I would love to see some close up detail of the joinery and the way the skins are placed.
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    Ill have it all on photos soon enough. I had a Japanes friend, Ikunori Suzawa here for those three weeks and he documented the felled trees to the final reduction of the build. He and I have floated the major rivers and Kozebue Sound with Kayaks, and he was likeingthe one I built this summer, and since I am not entirly satisfyed with it, I decided to build another one, so I invited him ad he arrived and in a more appropriate time, inna Subsitance calander wize way. killed time indoors when it was brutally cold and did a much stronger job than my first one. Were gonna try and get him back here to see the fit and finish in the spring, when we have long cool days and can work outside in the sunshine and get it all tight and right. Thats when old folks finnished theirs Ive heard, and its a pretty good idea I think too.

    For now I have other work, and Fur to think about inna couple weeks. April will be a grand time to work on it, maybe May, but break up comes in later May, and we plan to float away, so maybe Ill try and get Iku here for a ride in it
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    I have kinda a strange question, but forgive me I'm far from familiar with your construction methods/materials.

    What lifespan do you suppose each of these boats to have?

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    They are much like a basket sled, and the members are all tied together, the skin eaily slipped and everything reparable/replaceable with some cutting, forming with whatever wood is suitable, tied back together and reskinned. I think the first one I built isnt nearly as strong nor as light as the one I made recently, as its strength was made from cut lumber and this one is from split and shaved trees, so theres no grain runout, and much better grain integrity.


    Im sure it'll last as long as I choose to maintain it.
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    Started like this, dry woods and my ax.........
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