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Old 05-05-2007, 21:49   #1
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need some help about sails

im not a sailboat owner, but i love em. I do own a kayak though, and ive found out that its possible to create sails for them. After doing research, theres one question thats i dont have answerd: wats a headsail used for? It would be a lot easier to use a headsail on a kayak (construction wise) then a mainsail.

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Old 05-05-2007, 23:48   #2
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A head sail on your kayak would be fine. Without a keel you probably will only use your sail when the wind is behind your beam so a head sail will be perfect for that.
An umbrellar would even be ok, but you would get sore arms

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A lot of people rig downwind sails for kayaks, some use kites, some use basically a piece of fabric stretched between two poles and set up to catch the wind

if you want to get complicated, Hobie makes a kayak-like boat with two outriggers, amas might be the word in this case, to make a trimaran and it uses a boomless mainsail Hobie Mirage Adventure Island

It still uses a daggerboard, but I've considered doing something similar with my kayaks and I don't believe that a leeboard type system would be too hard to rig up with any normal kayak.
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Looking into this site -
You should find some good advice here.
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Before you decide have a look at Batwing Sails.

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