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Arctic kayaks

Arctic kayaks are the boats that all kayaks today are based on.

Arctic kayaks were the original kayaks. These are the basic boats that all the kayaks which people use now were based on. Kayaks were originally made by the Inuits who lived in northern North America or by people in Siberia. These boats were generally made with a wooden frame. This wooden frame was then covered by a seal skin which made a watertight barrier against the sea water.

While these arctic kayaks were not nearly as strong as the kayaks we use today, they were still fairly strong and easy to build boats for their time. More importantly, they were also very light, which made them much easier to carry and store than some of the other hand-made boats of the day. For instance, consider how heavy it probably was to carry arctic kayaks compared to the larger dug out canoes which were also used in North America.

Arctic kayaks have directly inspired so many different kayak designs now that it's hard to believe that all of these different types of boats were based off of the same original design. While most of the kayaks that are built today look nothing like the arctic kayaks of the past, some of the designs are fairly similar. For instance, folding kayaks are built in the same way, and use the advantages of a lightweight frame to be easier to carry and store.

These kayaks generally have a wooden or metal frame that is very similar to the original frames that were used in the Arctic kayaks. The difference here is that these frames are collapsible so that you do not have to carry the complete kayak around with you wherever you go.

Since the original Arctic kayaks were generally made by the person who was going to use them, no kayak from those times was exactly the same. For that reason, it took a long time for Europeans to learn how to replicate Arctic kayaks - at first.

If you're looking for a kayak that is similar to the original Arctic kayaks, then you should look into getting a folding kayak or some other type of kayak that has a stretched skin of some sort over a wooden or metal frame. One of the things you should consider, however, is that one of these kayaks may not be as sturdy as some of the more modern boats.


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