Ok, wow, now for the application question.
I'm looking at making a "mothership" rig to use to bring my kayak out to the (California Channel) Islands. the idea was to start with the clc sailrig ( Kayak & Canoe Sailing Rig: Ultra-Light, Easy to Assemble and Launch!
) or at least the ama's, except I'd really like to create a vessel which I could
a.) reef or drop sail
b.) detach the kayak from the rig while at sea, if I decided to anchor it somewhere where there wasn't a convenient beach, so I could paddle around.
c.) where the entire rig, including kayak is still cartopable
and of course, having a boat that I'll be building, play with weird sail designs and other ideas, just to see what works.
To make this as unburdonsome to the kayak as possible, I'm hoping to run all lines down the aka's, and basically give myself a control console. it's got a 10' beam, so I think it's wide enough to give me the clear channel I need. I'm also pondering if reefing is necessary, or if I could just use windsurfer sails and masts (with a mast step to hold them upright) and just turn them out of the wind to varying degrees to cut the effect of the wind.
This year it's just brainstorming, as I've not finished the kayak yet, let alone started on the ama's, but I thought it was an interesting design idea, and one which might be applicable for such a craft.
Thanks for all the info