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O T Heavy Water & Sail Rig

Discussion in 'Canoe Sailing' started by Jon Bouton, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Jon Bouton

    Jon Bouton Sucker for an Indian Girl

    I have an ~ 1930 16 ft HW canoe repaired several years ago with my brother, Tim & father, Ed. The front seat has a hole for a mast. I have the Step but didn't re-install it. When, this winter, I stumbled across a sail rig and leeboards (no rudder) in a used furniture store, I grabbed them. I know nothing about sailing but am going to learn. I'm going to refinish the parts on vacation. Now I'm just looking for general information so I don't mess up. I'd welcome any comments. I believe this is a lateen rig from Old Town. Mast is spruce, 78". Both poles are 122".
    The sail will need to be replaced. It is 114" along the bottom pole (not tight), 117 along the vertical pole and 125" is the (luff?) diagonal. The luff has 3 pockets for stiffeners.
    (You "in the know" must be rolling in the aisles by now!)
    This finally got me to join WCHA and to buy Dragonfly's book.
    Here are some photos. Again, any comments welcome! Thanks!

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The information at indicates that you have a standard 45 square foot sail. The pictures at should help you put the pieces together. Another good resource is "Canoe Rig - The Essence and the Art" by Todd Bradshaw which is available from in the WCHA store. The information at may help you date your rig. The leeboards appear to be after 1932 and yet the mast appears to have the round bottom which is usually found on earlier rigs. The messages at describe this in more detail. You may also want to get a rudder. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2010
  3. OP
    Jon Bouton

    Jon Bouton Sucker for an Indian Girl

    Many Thanks!

    Thank you, Benson. This is a tremendous help. The great photos of your canoe give me something to strive for.
    I hope to make one of this summer's events and will look to meet you in person. I'm not too far away in White River Junction, VT

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