A similar, but shorter one, is laid 238 from the hole where the rower sits to the stern of the kaiak.
But the most important thing of all yet remains, and that is a description of the kaiak itself.
The men seek for seals, hunting in the kaiak, the women and children searching the islets and coves for anything edible.
The two great animals are fastened one on each side of the kaiak.
The bottom of the kaiak is pretty flat, sloping to a very obtuse angle (probably about 140) in the middle.
On the sea they do not use kaiaks, but sit in the water ‘with the fog for their kaiak.’
He instantly stops paddling and sits motionless, while the way on the kaiak carries it noiselessly forward.
Others are placed in the house-roof or in the tent; or in the kaiak to prevent it from capsizing.
Thus it takes a good deal of practice before one can slip into or out of the kaiak with any sort of ease.
The kaiak is beyond comparison the best boat for a single oarsman ever invented.
1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun.