Krákan

"Áttamannafar" built at the Viking Ship Museum boatyard, 1993

Krákan was built of pine and oak at the Viking Ship Museum boatyard in 1993. The "áttamannafar" (8-man boat) was used for winter fishing with hand-held lines for cod, ling and halibut. Not least because of its seaworthiness, in olden days it was also the most important means of transporting goods and people between the islands.

Krákan is rigged with a low lugsail on the main mast and a spritsail on the mizzen mast. Both masts can be easily lowered into the boat after taking in the sails. The oars are the main means of propulsion in all kinds of weather.

Information about Krákan

Dockyard: The Viking Ship Museum
Boatbuilder: Michael Müller and boatbuilders from The Viking Ship Museum 
Owner: The Viking Ship Museum 
Year of construction: 1993


Length: 7.90 meter (26 feet)
Width: 1.96 meter (6 feet)
Depth/draft: 0.30 meter (1 feet)
Total sail area: 10 m2
Number of oars: 8 (narrow bladed)
Crew: 9 men
Estimated maximum speed, sail: 6 knots
Estimated maximum speed, oars: 5 knots