Absolutely a beautiful boat. Well done. Thanks
... Wait a second. Do you have a roller furling rig on a dingy? What rig is that? How do you like it? is it worth it? If I decide to go with a klepper rig on the clc sail kit, that might be a way to power down from the cockpit.
I was thinking, right now the CLC sailrig has 55 square feet of sail. If I wanted something with a reefable main, and possibly better sail shape, would it be better for me to just steal a rig from some dingy somewhere? Suggestions?
Thanks for the compliment.
Yes, that's a roller furler (Harken Small Boat furler unit #454(?, I think)).
It is a fractional sloop rig, with the mainsail set on a sliding gunter yard. This keeps the overall height of the fixed rig very modest (good for those low bridges that the Watertribe navigates.)
The furler is worth every penny in my opinion. We use it primarily for convenience sake, but also as a means to "throw in a first reef". In other words, our first procedure for shortening sail is to douse the jib. The dinghy sails fine under main alone.
I'm sure Jeff will get back to your other question, but I will comment that the sail suggested for the CLC kayak sailrig is more than likely plenty adequate. First, it takes muck less sail area to push a kayak, even one fitted with amas and akas (essentially an ultralight trimaran). So it would be easy to get overpowered. Second, I have a lot of faith in the designer of that rig -- he's both an experienced sailor and kayaker and understands the concept thoroughly. I think borrowing a larger rig (like the one on our PMD) would be far too much.