Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project

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Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project

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I have just bought an old Kayel Angmagssalik restoration project which I found on Ebay.

There is no history available for the boat as it was found and sold on by a house clearance outfit - they had no luck selling it at car boot sales because nobody had the means to carry it away.

The boat is very solid and appears well made - it’s a shade under 18kg. It doesn’t look like any woodwork needs replacing, just a good strip down and refurbishment of the external surfaces. It has had a footrest in it at sometime but it’s not there now.

There’s a snug fitting rear foam bulkhead, but no front one. The front hatch was probably put there to access airbags or footrest.

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Nice. What’s the plan for the outside?

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Pedro, I don't think it would be possible to get a nice even plywood finish now as it's so patchy, so I'll go for a paint finish - probably white. Yesterday I started prodding and poking, and ended up making significant progress in removing loose seam taping and old varnish. The keel and chine seams don't need redoing, but the main side seams and deck centreline joins need reglassing. Some small areas of plywood under the glass tape was damp and needs to dry out, but I haven't found any woodwork that needs replacing.

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Sounds like a plan! Keep the pics coming!

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Jon352 wrote:
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The keel and chine seams don't need redoing, but the main side seams and deck centreline joins need reglassing...
If you're replacing the glass on the deck centreline, I'd have a think about replacing the front deck entirely with a curvier version. You could do this following the instructions in Nick Crowhurst's Shrike manual or there's another way of doing it that would still retain a curvy, low-profile, but would give you more space at the sides where you want to put your knees. (I can tell you how.) I know it sounds a bit drastic, but it isn't that hard to do and I've seen photos of other Angmagssaliks with similar fitted. (Look on Youtube for 'Superior kayaks ammassalik' for one example.) Apart from the aesthetics, this would be a stronger deck (curves resist the force of roof rack straps etc. much better) and as the front deck is the main showpiece of a kayak, it might mean you can get away without painting it. If you do paint it, that will make it a much higher maintenance boat, as it will require loads more touching-up and full repaints, whereas natural wood finish hides scratches well. It would also mean you could use a normal cockpit rim - I can't imagine those weird arched ones are that effective at keeping the water out.

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PlymouthDamo, Thanks for the advice - I had considered those options, but in the short term I will leave the deck alone. I haven't paddle this boat or any other Angmagssalik, so I'd like to try it in standard form before making any alterations. Also, leaving it standard means it will be usable sooner, and I've got all sorts of other projects on the go - I really shouldn't have started this now but it just sort of happened.

Durability of a paint finish isn't really much of an issue since most of my paddling is on my local river where grounding isn't a problem. I may just paint the deck and leave the hull natural plywood, it remains to be seen how tidy I can make it. The need for repaints could be an advantage - I could try a variety of colours.

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The hatch cover on the front is so you can dry the compartment byb leaving it off in storage, but you can pack small items. The cockpit rim is perfect for an ocean deck in proofed nylon or home made aqullisaq. Great boat, but wobbly at rest, not the best platform for photography!

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Peter, There is no front compartment on this one, the only bulkhead is behind the cockpit. I have been making progress on removing the old flaky surface coating - it helps that I can put the boat up high out of the way in the workshop when I'm not working on it, rather than fiddle it back in to the space I found for it in the garage.
Some pictures here to show the comparison beteeen Angmagssalik, Anas Acuta and Greenland T.

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I enjoyed my first paddle in the Angmagssalik today. The river was in flood so the conditions weren’t ideal, but the kayak was ready to go and I couldn’t wait. No rolling yet though, as the water was full of debris and who knows what.
It’s definitely the most tippy of my sea kayaks, but not unpleasantly so. I wasn’t testing the limits as I really didn’t fancy a dunking, but did establish that my slap support reflex is still working well. It was difficult to judge how fast it is, as I was either slogging upstream of flying downstream. The main objective was to see how hard it is to get in and out, and whether or not I was too heavy for it. Entry/exit is tighter than the Anas Acuta, but manageable. You can see from the ‘selfie’ that there isn’t much spare freeboard behind the cockpit with just me in it; ideal for rolling but no use for anything but the minimalist of camping trips. Overall I’m very happy with it - definitely a keeper.

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Nice job!

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That looks a treat! I may steal the Greenland paddle trap for my Shrike ;)
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Beryl, I used a much simpler bungee method on my Anas Acuta which I thought would be more versatile, but I'm going to refit it with my Angmagssalik version which works really well. The black balls on the paddle trap are from small bungee tie down loops - I got a packet of ten at my local garden centre for about £3. The ball is designed to stop a knot pulling through, so the hole on one side is twice as big as the one on the other - you just have to file the small hole into a slot that's big enough to get two thicknesses of rope through - easy. I would ideally have spaced the fixings a little further apart, but there was structure under the deck which limited where I could bolt through.

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Very nice job. But I wouldn't fancy trying to paddle round Britain in one, even using the Caledonian Canal to miss out the top!

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I wouldn't either, but Geoff Hunter didn't have a lot of choice half a century ago. It will be interesting to take it out in some waves, but mine is going to spend most of its time on flat water, for which it seems eminently suitable.

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Great job.

Ours has a front bulkhead, hence my comment about allowing it to dry out. It is a very fast boat, all waterline, and stable enough on the move in waves. Not good for hanging around. Rolls so easily, like the Tahe Greenland it blurs the distinction between upright and upside down.

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