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Old 05-02-2013
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How to make my own sail?

Im completly new to sailing and barley even know all the terms yet but have been reading as much as i can. The only thing ive sailed, or tried is my kayak that I used bamboo for the mast, and a broom stick for the boom and a tarp for a main sail... It was quite a sight i just wanted to see if i could figure out how to sail and now im obsessed. I now know a sail must be a specific shape in order to do more then sail down wind. I want to start with my kayak since i already have it, Ill need to make a mast, boom, main and head sail, the head sail can come later but I dont even know where to start.

I was going to use fiberglass tubing for a mast, probably 16 feet?
For the sail, Well you tell me how to start.. please
Then for the boom i was going to use a wood rod, and maybe find a way to roll it for reducing sail area.

I dont have lots of money to spend on a kayak sailing kit and all the ones I see have pretty small sails, My kayak is pretty stable but if i need to add outriggers i could id preffer something that could propel my kayak pretty nicely

- matt
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