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Re: Sailing kayak
They do make a bigger sail, but I went with the 1 meter in the video, based on available information from the designers I spoke to. Canoe sailing has been around a while, but there is very little out there on kayak sailing. Some of the very early sailing canoes could be considered sailing Kayaks (a kayak needs to be narrow enough to incorporate the use of a double bladed paddle, Macgregor used this). Aside from that, there isn't much on it. Its a pretty experimental sport.
Without going into too much detail on the competive side of this, there are class considerations I need to consider. Consider 5 basic boat types. Multi hull, very fast, lot to go wrong, very experienced competition. Monohull Sailboat. Again, fast, lots of technology, expensive boats, experienced sailors. Sailing Canoe and sailing Kayak, this would include light powerful sailing rigs similar to maybe a Windrider 17, or that beast Thereyouare shared with leeboards and amas, but would also (and does also) include some of the more traditional rigs like were in the mystic article you shared (only coastal ocean capable designs though). Then there are Expedition Kayaks and Canoes; sails to 1 meter, no lee boards, no amas aloud. Then there are racing canoes and kayaks; these boats are brute force- the competition is extremely fit (more fit than me for sure), the boats are ligh, this class also includes stand up paddle boards for the truly insane. Then there are doubles and singles.
I think the solo expedition kayak is a good place for me, because if the rig doesnt work out or there is no wind, I can just paddle. My thought process is to do as much with that 1 square meter of sail as I can. A lot of expedition type kayaks and canoes have very simple sails or no sails at all. At this time I have not sailed a 65 pound 23 inch BOA boat with an upwind sail, I may decide its totally wrong for me and go for a much more powerful rig with amas and lee boards, still incorporating the Falcon sail as part of a larger sail plan, but I thought I would experiment in that expedition class before spending more money.
Last edited by Arcb; 10-28-2018 at 10:06 AM.