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David M.
user 18824861
Brandenburg, KY
Post #: 22
My curiosity was peaked a few weeks ago - long story - on how to make a sail for my kayak. Paddling the Ohio River opens plenty of opportunity to employ a sail. I found a great product on line called a WindPaddle. What a grand idea. I like the challenge of building things so, my mind took off. This evening it hit me. I could use the rain fly off my 4 man tent, use the flexible tent pole - an 8 piece unit - create a horse shoe shape with the pole, attach the rain fly and walla. Done.
Photo on my profile page. Videos on Youtube http://youtu.be/c3l5a...­ overview of outrigger and sail
http://youtu.be/4cpFp...­ first sail trip before front line attached
http://youtu.be/Yy3w5...­ second sail video after sail falls on deck
Or type in "First Test Home Made Kayak Sail Ohio R Meade Cnty" in the search box and the video will appear as a selection option. Enjoy.
I took my kayak out on the river this morning and packed all the extra gear for a testing of my sail assembly. I hauled everything down to the waters edge in two trips. Then I attached my home make outrigger. I didn't think I'd actually employ it, but I like the security of having it attached. In the end I was correct. Not a requirement, just nice to have. I then attached the sail assembly.
Out I went. First issue hit right away. I've too much tension on the bottom of the tent fly. I had difficulty setting the horizonal tent poles. I finally managed it. Winds were light at 3 miles per hour. The sail caught the wind and off I went. I had to stay near shore as I was sharing the river with three barges. Finally, I was able to catch the steady wind. It was blowing about 5 miles per hour. The river was flowing about 2 miles per hour. My rate of travel was above 3 1/2 miles per hour.
Issue two presented. I turned the boat 90 degrees to the wind. The sail fell back on to the deck. My paddle tangled in the rigging momentarily. I'll lower the contact point from the top of the sail to mid sail and reduce the rigging so it's under my paddle as opposed to over my shoulder. Additionally, I'll add a line from the top of the sail to the bow and be able to hold the sail upright regardless of wind direction.
The test was successful. Without paddling, I navigated down river 3+ miles in less than 45 minutes.
I have to say sailing is a blast!
Thom M.
T.McLean
New Albany, IN
Post #: 73
Cool idea! I toyed with the thought of using one of those collapseable, circular car shades. Thought I could tie down the bottom edge and maybe use two lines on the sides. Never got past the concept stage though... <grin>
David M.
user 18824861
Brandenburg, KY
Post #: 23
I made multiple adjustments to the sail assembly. see videos on youtube at http://youtu.be/c3l5a...­ overview of outrigger and sail
http://youtu.be/4cpFp...­ first sail trip before front line attached
http://youtu.be/Yy3w5...­ second sail video after sail falls on deck
Attached lines to the top of the sail and ran them to the bow of the boat. That'll keep the sail upright no matter what direction the wind blows. Swapped out the 20 inch PVC pipe the tent pole sit in for a 40 inch piece. Kept the same distance on the tent poles (18 inches) but added two ropes from mid-tent pole to opposite end of the pvc. This makes an X shape with the rope. It'll keep the sail from swinging far left or right. I lowered the main rigging to mid-tent pole and now run the lines to the boat deck in front of the cock pit. I then attach the excess to my life jacket. This will keep me from hooking my paddle on the rigging and still allows me ready access control. Tested on the Ohio R today. The system works well, but the wind was uncooperative - light 2 mile breeze. Tomorrow afternoon with 9+ mile per hour winds looks like a good weather day.
Thom M.
T.McLean
New Albany, IN
Post #: 74
Watched the videos, looks like you had a good time! First video on the ramp with bits of snow coming down was classic. Looking forward to more posts and test videos :)
Howard R.
Bathpv
Louisville, KY
Post #: 3
Sailing a kayak is a great way to get your boat out on those windy days. I have a Kayaksailor and it is an amazing sail. It can sail into the wind just like a sailboat. I have used it to sail to 18 mile island and back from Westport, 12 mile Island and back from Herrods creek, And The water tower and back from Herrods creek.
Howard R.
Bathpv
Louisville, KY
Post #: 4
Sailing a kayak is a great way to get your boat out on those windy days. I have a Kayaksailor and it is an amazing sail. It can sail into the wind just like a sailboat. I have used it to sail to 18 mile island and back from Westport, 12 mile Island and back from Herrods creek, And The water tower and back from Herrods creek.
Catherine L.
CatherineLuttmer
Louisville, KY
Post #: 52
I'm thinking of buying a Folbot folding kayak and it has an option to buy a sail for it. I love sailing and this discussion is very helpful.
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