* This belongs
to the collection of David & Helga Zimmerly.
Bering Sea Kayak
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, NMM
Lines drawings  in
Reproduction of Hooper Bay Kayak - from left, Chris, Bill, & David J. Zimmerly & Kathy Monahan.
Photo by David W. Zimmerly.
The Bering Sea kayak is a high volume type with a generous beam and
steeply pitched deck ridge. Two people can sit in the cockpit back to
kayak was used this way for short passenger ferrying trips.
rear-facing passenger could become a "rear gunner" armed
with bow and
arrow. The main use for this kayak was as a hunting craft
among the ice floes.
Sea mammals were butchered on a convenient floe and
the pieces stuffed into
the fore and aft sections of the kayak.
As a recreational kayak it's great for carrying your kids. It's one
of the most
stable of all arctic kayaks. It's also fun to build, even in
a cramped space. The
Bering Sea men used to prefabricate all the pieces
in the men's house during
the winter and assemble the kayak in the spring.
Plan 1 - Plan and overview, construction profile with names
structural parts in
Eskimo (Yuktun), a cross-sectional view at
showing structural members
and a cross-sectional
view showing every 50
Plan 2 - Four full-size beams ( 2-Ayaagautik, 2-Tuquravik
sternmost ribs ( 2-Tuntunaq ), sternmost deck beams
( 2-Tuntunaq ) and cockpit
Plan 3 - Full-size ribs 11-21 ( Ninak ), deck beams
( 2-Ayaaracuaq, and
1-Ayaara Nilinguq ), and bow block (
profile and top view of Amuuvik ).
Plan 4 - Full-size bow handhold (Ukinnakutca) and
stringer (Kulak), stern
handhold (Pamiyua) and deckstringer
(Kulak), keelson (Kuiyaraq) and bottom
Plan 5 - Full-size forward ribs 3-10 (Cauyeraq) and
deck beam locations.
Plan 6 - Full-size after ribs 22-27 (Cauyeraq).
Plan 7 - Table of offsets and miscellaneous construction
rib/stringer tie, cockpit coaming and port gunwale.
This book documents the construction of a Bering Sea
style-kayak made in the community of Hooper Bay, Alaska in
October and November 1976 under the direction of Dick Bunyan.
Written as journal entries, the text details construction from
the initial splitting of the wood to the final fitting of the
cockpit lashings. Each step is illustrated with
black-and-white photographs and line drawings. The author has
also included detailed measurements of the kayak, a glossary
of Yupik terms, and descriptions and drawings of kayak
107 pages, 84 figures, 89 photographs, 1 map, 3 appendices.
Second addition. ISBN 0-660-17511-8
This book is the second edition of Hooper Bay
Kayak Construction. It is signed by the author and
available for $19.95 US, plus $5.00 US shipping and
handling ($29.95 Cdn, plus $6.00 Cdn S&H). [Ordering
[1 November 2000]