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O Six Hundred ships DIY kayaks fit for an art museum

By The Editors

This Kayak Is the Prettiest Thing You've Ever Built
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18 August 2015

A lot has changed in the last 4,000 years.

You can watch TV on your phone, women can vote, feudalism is dead.

One thing that hasn't changed: the design of this really really ridiculously good-looking kayak. It's based on time-told Inuit techniques that predate Columbus's arrival by about 3,500 years. But where Aleutian builders stretched sealskins and animal hides over whalebone frames, this one uses carbon fiber and cedar. Meaning: it weighs 22 pounds.

That's a car tire.

It's called the O Six Hundred, and its the newest offering from the two talented Aussie boatwrights behind the Balmain Boat Company.

They send it to you in 30 pieces with a packet of Ikea-esque instructions:

You build it. The whole kit and kaboodle will run you around $1,500.

Happy seafaring.

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