This Disko Bay was purchased by a Hollywood movie company for Ben Stiller's remake of "The Secrect Life of Walter Mitty"
scheduled to be released Christmas 2013. Update Christmas 2013. The kayak didn't make the final cut, too bad!

The Disko Bay© is a wood strip interpretation of a classic West Greenland design from the Disko Bay region of Greenland. Length is 17' and width is 21". Weight is approximately 32 pounds.

I studied the native design carefully. I wanted to translate the feel and handling of the skin original into a wood strip kayak. Most hard shell Greenland kayaks have flat surfaces on either side of the keel line. I think this does not reflect the shape of a skin hull in water, loaded. On my Disko Bay, the hull bottom on each side of the keel is slightly concave reflecting how water pressure would shape the hull of a skin boat, this kayak's ancestor.

The Disko Bay slides silently and effortlessly through the waves. Disko Bay is a hard chined Greenland style kayak that tracks well and carves turns nimbly.

Beautiful lines, beautiful ride, this kayak is a classic.

Bulkheaded watertight storage fore and aft, accessed through flush deck hatches. Traditional deck rigging and bow/stern handles.

The cockpit is available in the traditional small "ocean size" or a larger "touring" size.

This kayak can be built in medium or low volume versions from the same plans.

The medium volume version is for a larger person or for someone who likes the West Greenland design, but also likes a little cockpit room, and easier entry/exit.

For the hard core Greenland paddler there is low volume version with a snug fit and low stern deck for rolling. This low volume version is built by starting the hull sheer strips 1-1/2' lower on the stations. The sheer line of this low volume version would be just below the bottom edge of the light-colored pin stripe on the boat pictured above.

Disko Bay plans

For current pricing for a finished Disko Bay follow this link.
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Built from Plans

Bill Hamm's Disko Bay


"It's deceptively quick, doesn't feel fast yet friends that normally are hard to keep up with aren't anymore.

And the glide is amazing.

Yes, handles really well, like a much shorter boat."

Bill H.


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