We are proud to present three new models of the “Atka”: our stitch & glue Aleutian-style kayak. They are often called “baidarkas,” which is Russian for “small boat.” The term was made popular by George Dyson with the release of his excellent book. The ancient Unangan name is iqyax. Ours are built using the stitch & glue (S&G) method of small boat construction. With some innovative construction details, they should be the easiest to build hard-shell baidarkas for home builders.
For our smaller, more petite paddlers we have the Atka-14. The prototype is being built for our daughter. With a base design displacement of 120 lbs, it’s ideal for paddlers ranging from 75 to 110 pounds.
Adults interested in touring will appreciate the regular Atka. It has generous cargo holds and an efficient hull shape. Though only 16′-9″ long it can easily keep up with most 18′ sea kayaks.
For racing, exercise and fast touring we have the Atka-FSK. It’s designed at the upper limits of the Sound Rower’s “Fast Sea Kayak” class. It’ll definitely brings some Alaskan style to open water and river races. Even with the multi-chine plywood hull, it’s faster and more efficient than the Wahoo (on paper at least).
They are modeled and named after a historical example found on Atka Island, Alaska in 1934 by Margaret Lantis. It is currently stored at the Lowie Museum at the University of CA, Berkeley (LM 2-14886). The lines were taken off it by David W. Zimmerly in 1978 (http://
The word “Atka” roughly translates to “guardian spirit.” My daughter decided the spirit for her kayak was the orca (aka killer whale) and wanted hers to be painted like one. We liked the idea so much that we decided to incorporate an orca into the design’s logo.
While not shown on the website yet, CNC-cut plywood kits cut and shipped by CLC are available. They should be posted this Spring. Until then please inquire if interested.
Here’s some more pictures.