Intro: build a greenland kayak. this instructible will teach you how to build a 17 foot long greenland kayak that will weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and cost less. Kayak "plans" a greenland kayak is not built per a set of plans but by a building method that strives to fit the kayak to your body dimensions.. Skin on frame boatbuilding method. skin on frame refers to a method of boatbuilding that has been around for a very long time. typically a light frame often made of.