47253Re: kayak sailing,
- Dec 2, 2005Hi Paul,
Very interesting advice:-) (Mark - by the way - Is Mark Balogh -
whose link I provided earlier and is a designer of kayak sailing
I agree that a paddle is not the best way to steer a kayak, unlike a
canoe where one is sitting in the stern seat when sailing. A foot-
pedal controlled rudder is also a great energy saver when paddling
into a quartering wind.
Bolger states in his article that a person could lop the ends
off "DIAMOND" and not lose performance, so by lopping off a bit of
the stern overhang it would allow a rudder to be installed. Perhaps
one might want to have a shallow skeg as well? What ya think?
With a rudder, a narrow kayak can also be paddled with a single
paddle to utilize different muscles. (Some kayak paddles convert to
two single paddles.)
The topsides of DIAMOND might make it easy to clamp on a small
leeboard as well. Or a single paddle?
A pair of DIAMONDS could also be joined together using lengths of
light tubing, thus becoming a very stable cat for two people. Could
even take turns sailing/paddling and resting.
During their 30,000 mile canoe odessey, Verlan Kruger and Mike
Landick used that stratedgy while traversing the Great Lakes and
other large water bodies. The tubes did double duty as a frame for a
wind shelter ashore if memory serves me. They travelled in single
person covered canoes that could be paddled either with a single or
Paul - what was the sail model that you used?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Paul Lefebvre" <paul@w...> wrote:
> I've sailed kayaks for about 15 years, and while I would probably
> choose to sail without a rudder, I have experimented with
> leeboards against the sail - I don't think it'd be a long-term
> it's a fun exercise in safe waters.
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