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A Greenland kayak is not built per a set of plans but by a building method that strives to fit the kayak to your body dimensions. The information by (Greenlander) H.C. Petersen is closest to the methods used in Greenland. Many of the other sources provide alternative or "modernized" building solutions which are quite satisfactory in their own right.
. . . each kayak was built with its future kayaker in mind. Using their individual body as a guide, distances such as finger length, arm length, fingertip to elbow distance, hand width, and leg size were the measurement tools used to create individualized crafts perfectly suited to their paddlers (Petersen, 1986).
The man who washed up near Aberdeen in 1728 was in fact an Inuit, a native of Greenland who had travelled more than 1,000 miles from his home. His kayak is still in the collection of the University of Aberdeen's Marischal Museum. There's no record of whether the crew of the fishing boat believed him to be a ghost or a devil or a visitor from another planet, but they loaded him onto a wooden cart and brought him to a nearby house where, in spite of the best efforts of the local people, he died three days later.
Norman Rogers, 62, a retired civil engineer and keen endurance kayaker, had long been intrigued by the mystery of the Aberdeen kayak man, and when an unexpected illness forced him to spend a long spell out of the water a few years ago, he used the opportunity to find out more. The resulting book, Searching for the Finmen, has just been released by Matador. It's a fascinating read, and it comes to some startling conclusions about how not just one but many Inuit may have crossed the Atlantic in their fragile sealskin boats in the 17th and 18th centuries.