Qayapaq family boat building


The qayapaq is a latecomer to the traditional kayak lineup. Also called the North Alaska retrieval kayak, it was developed around the 1900s after firearms were introduced to the Arctic. The Qayapaq could be conveniently transported overland and used to retrieve sea mammals that were shot from shore.

These make great kayaks for kids, because they are fast to build and are small and lightweight, yet they are still usable for adults and can be fun to paddle in rough water and breaking waves.

Specs: Length varies: 8’-12’, Beam varies: approx. 24”, Weight: approx 20 lbs.

Interested in something like this?

We’re happy to discuss it.

Qayapaq under construction
Qayapaq on the water
Qayapaq on the water
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