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Canoe Sailing

Discussion in 'Canoe Sailing' started by Pierre Girard, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Pierre Girard

    Pierre Girard Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I got a sail kit from Spring Creek Outfitters in Mountain Iron, MN this spring and I've been enjoying it immensely ever since I got it. Every trip I've learned something new, sailing on our little lake, some larger lakes, and once so far, in the BWCA.

    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v...tion=view&current=SailWhiteCaps9-15-07024.jpg

    It isn't the most aesthetically appealing set up, being mainly made of aluminum clamp-ons, but it sure is fun.

    It is a lateen rig, and comes with outriggers and pontoons - a necessity for a novice like me. The sail is about 45 square feet and it pushes my old cedar strip canoe along at a great pace. The one problem I had was the rudder system, consisting mainly of an oarlock and a big paddle. I rigged a "Little Red Wagon" rudder on the rear deck of the canoe and it works great.

    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v516/pjjgirard/New Rudder/?action=view&current=NewRudder015.jpg

    I'd like to re-work this sail rig all in wood at some point, but it will have to wait for other projects.

    For a look at the rig, here is Spring Creek's advert

    http://www.canoegear.com/catalog/home.php?cat=49
     

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