For those sailing old towns I had posted my refurbished 50# and sailed for the first time today. Thought I'd post this under sailing since that is the subject. This is the same sail and mast on two different canoes. The red is a 1948 17 ft HW with sponsons. I sailed last year and while it was very good down wind or cross wind it would not tack to speak of. It was a disappointment. Today I want out with the same sail on a '63 50# and it was a world of difference. It tacks great andwas not unstable, as I feared. The breeze was not strong, no whitecaps and it is a small lake and thus no rollers but it sails the way it should. I had made a lee board bracket from the portage yoke, single lee board, and that worked great as well. I am very pleased and can only wonder if the sail, 50 sq ft, is just too small for that big heavy (132#) canoe. That fifty [pounder is wide and flat enough to be stable and allow for good sailing w/o my have to sit on the gunwales.