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Old 14-05-2014, 20:02   #16
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Old 14-05-2014, 22:50   #17
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Re: Adding a sail to an inflatable

Why not go for a Walkerbay and forget all the hassel?
Maybe an electric outboard !
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Re: Adding a sail to an inflatable

I second getting a sailing dinghy or something your able to start. Depending on a rig that only goes downwind and having a bum shoulder sounds like a recipe for disaster, or multiple rescues.
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Leeboards, Dutch sailing barge style.

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I hope this helps.

100% doable and sails very well too. Upwind ability tbc. ;-)

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I think what Dave was asking is how do you attach a leeboard to the side of an inflatable dinghy that is round with sufficient resistance that it would actually do something useful.

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Electric would be the easy way to go
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Old 15-05-2014, 04:22   #21
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Re: Adding a sail to an inflatable

Here's one from my dumb ideas department... how about... using your foot to pull (push, actually) an extended cord?

Here's how I see it working:

An extra piece of cord has a small loop at the end nearest the outboard so it slips over the existing cord's toggle but won't easily come off.
The other end has a bigger loop for your foot - cord length and loop size to suit you, wood or plastic foot-piece in the loop for sissies like me.

An upright pulley might need to be fixed to the outboard head (with a heavy bracket) to redirect the pull to where you need it if necessary.

In a tiny dinghy I'd sit low with my back to the engine to foot-start it - then remove the extension and put it in my pocket to keep it out of the prop.
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Electric would be the easy way to go
Electric start would be easy.
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Re: Adding a sail to an inflatable

If you do use a large umbrella, you should attach strong fishing lines to all the spars to avoid inverting it in wind gusts. Then it can work very well going down wind as well as reaching because of the curved shape of the umbrella, it is efficient like a spinnaker.

How do you row with a busted shoulder?
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Here's one from my dumb ideas department... how about... using your foot to pull (push, actually) an extended cord?

Here's how I see it working:

An extra piece of cord has a small loop at the end nearest the outboard so it slips over the existing cord's toggle but won't easily come off.
The other end has a bigger loop for your foot - cord length and loop size to suit you, wood or plastic foot-piece in the loop for sissies like me.

An upright pulley might need to be fixed to the outboard head (with a heavy bracket) to redirect the pull to where you need it if necessary.

In a tiny dinghy I'd sit low with my back to the engine to foot-start it - then remove the extension and put it in my pocket to keep it out of the prop.
Maybe not so dumb ! I'll consider that ! Thank you !
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Re: Adding a sail to an inflatable

Wow ! Lots of responses. Thank you. All will take time to consider.

I don't think I need dagger boards or leeboards when going downwind ? Right ? Well, I see all the dinghy sailors pull up their daggerboards when going downwind.

Now going upwind, which I don't expect to have to do (see later), will I need leeboards ? The dinghy is designed so it has a forward section which inflates down into the water, making a slight keel. Will this be sufficient ?

Yes, I'm thinking of buying one of those trolling motors which the fisherman use. Might be slow, but it might get us to shore ? I thought I'd leave a battery in the boat always, charged up by a surplus solar panel I have. Am I crackers, or just unrealistic ??? Thanks for all the good ideas !

The walker boat looks interesting, but I don't have deep pockets !
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...Am I crackers, or just unrealistic ???...

If you're willing to go to the trouble of a battery and solar panel, why not simply an electric start outboard? A trolling motor will do you no good most of the time.
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If you're willing to go to the trouble of a battery and solar panel, why not simply an electric start outboard? A trolling motor will do you no good most of the time.
Because electric start outboards cost a lot, are usually over 4HP (which is what we think we need at max), are usually heavy, are nowadays in Canada 4 strokes, making them even heavier. They need a battery at any rate. We're trying for alternatives that don't cost a lot. We've retired and don't gobs of money to spend. We've found that not many good used OBs are available. Seems people buy them new and keep them for ever. Around here at any rate.

We sold our 9.9HP 2 stroke when I started to get the shoulder problem, nice, but b heavy ! Traded it in for a 4HP, which was a pig to start. Sold that as well. So now have no motor !

Have a spare battery and the spare solar panel. Trolling motors are relatively cheap.
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I've seen windsurfer rigs go for next to nothing on evilbay. Mast, boom & sail complete for a few /$. Maybe it's a fashion thing - don't want to be seen wearing last year's sail?

Definitely add simple stays & sheets to use it sitting rather than standing.
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