Welcome to macwester.ch!
Machiel Wester builds and teaches the art of building traditional Greenland based kayaks. Their history dates back 4000 years. The Inuits used them as hunting boats, so they had to be fast and manoeuverable, well controllable also on rough seas. The Greenland kayaks were already adapted to body size and weight of the driver back then, they are considered the world’s most advanced boats of their class and are a lot ahead of whitewater or other kayaks in terms of speed and robustness.
Of course, Machiel Wester uses different, more modern materials than the Inuit now, no sealskins and tendons any more, but the underlying properties of the boats remain the same.
The Kayaks are built in the stitch and glue method, they consist of plywood, fiberglass and epoxy resin. With 15 to 18 kg, they are rather light, but very resistant.
The kayaks accommodate one person and are manufactured in various sizes, depending on the customer’s needs.
The interior of the boats is waterproof, so drivers can carry some luggage.