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Re: Sailing kayak
Did some good research today.
First, I went and looked at the fibreglass/kevlar boat. Didnt like it, not only was it narrow, but it was just a bad shape for sailing. So, I passed on that.
Then I spent about 30 minutes on the phone with a guy who designs, builds and installs carbon fibre sail rigs for kayaks. We discussed sail area, rudder sizing, technique, some other stuff. I learned plastic boats are a reasonable choice for a sailing kayak. At least with his design, no epoxy or fibreglass work is required. Some screw/bolt on parts. I gather any kayak; plastic, fibreglass, wood, CF can have deck support issues at the mast step. The solution is an adjustable carbon fibre strut (compression post) that kind of wedges into place and is removable. The strut supports the deck, then on top of the deck, but below the mast step is a plastic freindly self adhesive carbon fibre reinforcing deck patch. Then the mast step on top of that. Pretty simple really.
Then I went paddling and thought about it all.