Tulugaaq Rolling Qajaq

Tulugaaq Rolling Qayaq

Tulugaaq 6 Tulugaaq 1

Tulugaaq 8 Rolling Bahia Concepcion

Length  5.6 metres ( 18.5 feet )
Width  51 cm ( 20 inches )
Weight  16.7 kg ( 37 lb )
Cockpit  50 cm round or 59 cm * 43 cm oval

The Tulugaaq skin-on-frame is optimized for rolling. It is also reasonably stable and comfortable in rough water…I paddled it in surf to test it’s rough water handling and stability. Tulugaaq is the Inuit word for raven. This is a kayak for serious rollers. You must have basic Greenland rolling skills to qualify for this qajaq. 

  • This is NOT a historical reproduction qayaq. It is a modern design optimized for Greenland rolling.
  • The low backrest allows the roller to lie flat on the back deck.
  • The masik and knee brace combination avoids pressure points on the legs.
  • Padding on the sides keeps the roller centred in the seat.
  • The ribs are bent over forms to control the shape. The boxy profile makes the qayaq more stable in the upright position.
  • The Tulugaaq can be modified to suit an individual kayaker. I also have an smaller version ( 18 inch beam ) designed for smaller people.
  • Here is a post on the latest Tulugaaq build
Tulugaga Joan Black 3

Tulugaaq rolling qajaq with a matte black multi-layer finish

Tulugaaq 18 yellow cedar beams

The Tulugaaq has both a masik and a knee brace. You sit all the way forward in the cockpit. The second masik or knee brace contacts your thigh above the knee. It spreads out the stress on your thighs while rolling. The knee brace greatly increases the comfort and control while rolling.

Joan Rolling the Tulugaaq 18

Reale Rolling the Tulugaaq 18

Rolling with the Tulugaaq

Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to build a qajaq with you. Every one loves the look of it. Been out almost every day with it. I put in a nice thick foam pad for a seat, that felt much better. Getting in and out while on the water is much easier than I thought it would be. Rolling is so nice now, just have to learn to stop hitting my head on the back deck when coming up. Larry

“Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to build a qajaq with you. Every one loves the look of it.
Been out almost every day with it. I put in a nice thick foam pad for a seat, that felt much better. Getting in and out while on the water is much easier than I thought it would be. Rolling is so nice now, just have to learn to stop hitting my head on the back deck when coming up.” Larry

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Pros and Cons of a Greenland Kayak
The comfort of a Greenland rolling kayak can be greatly improved with a 3″ thick foam backrest.