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The rig is installed. Took pretty well all day so I didn't get out to sail her. Drilled a total of 18 holes in my deck for; side stays, back stays, fairleads and cleats. Its pretty slick but I might need to wait until next week to sail her as all my local rivers (within 30 minutes are frozen over with a couple of inches of ice. Going to name her Switchblade.

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Are you going with foot steering in your sailing kayak? If so what setup are you going with? I'm debating whether to go with foot steering or a tiller for my triyak. I love the idea of being able to cleat the sheet and doing some hands free sailing but when I test sailed the CLC sailrig I found their foot steering setup lacked feel and could get gummed with sand.

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Yes, for sure, foot pedal steering. I have not decided on a set up yet. Knoowledgeable folks are recomending I go with a tandem kayak rudder with my rig. I am kind of considering the Seaward tandem aluminum rudder. However, I am also considering the rudder that is made specifically for my boat for the sake of simplicity. Which is this one https://www.harmonygear.com/products...udder-Kit.html

For a Triak set up I wonder if the watertribe kayak sailing rudder might work for you? I am sure it would be overkill for my rig. The WaterTribe Rudder by Steve Isaac
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Re: Sailing kayak

Id go for 2 large downspouts, 1 off each corner...run em out away from the basement....skip the center one....

Sail rig looks spiffy
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Id go for 2 large downspouts, 1 off each corner...run em out away from the basement....skip the center one....

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My thought entirely on the downspout, but I am concerned that the sail area seems awfully small to be of much use,

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Who has time for downspouts ?

I am also curious about the rigs performance. The idea with this rig is its intended to compliment your paddling, not replace it. I don't have a good idea what kind of a speed boost to expect. 1 knot would be nice, 2 knots would be great. More than that would be even better.
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How many miles per day? . . . . . . I'm tired already just thinking about this . . . .
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Trying to think about being in ONE seated position for Quite a while . . .
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Re: Sailing kayak

Will the rudder be the only thing preventing leeway? Photo doesn't seem to show any other gear for that.
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Will the rudder be the only thing preventing leeway? Photo doesn't seem to show any other gear for that.
The boat tracks pretty well. It has a retractable skeg operated from the cockpit, plus it has a v hull for the full length.
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Re: Sailing kayak

The weather was against me, but I finally got the boat out for about a 3 hour sail today. My kayaking partner and I swapped boats half way through so he could try it out. It was easier than expected, we both were sailing within minutes of leaving the beach and he had never even been in my boat before.

I didn't take a GPS with me, but down wind I couldn't keep up paddling full out with him just sailing at one point. The boat sailed pretty well from a reach to a run. Forward of 90 the sail gave a noticeable boost to paddling speed. Sailing in 5-10 knots of wind I estimate about 3-4 knots of boat speed. When paddle sailing down wind it was pretty quick, beyond hull speed without too much effort.

I haven't bought a rudder, so steering was done mostly with edging (leaning) down wind and sweep strokes 90 degrees and above with some paddle bracing, dragging.

I took a bunch of video but most of it didn't turn out because of ice and snow build up on the lens and some technical challenges but I did get some useable footage.

Based on my initial testing, it looks like I am going to be happy with this rig as is once I add a rudder.


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