A more accurate question, maybe, is can I *survive* putting a sail on my canoe?
I have an aluminum canoe that I inherited from my folks some 20 years ago, and it was old even then. I have no idea of who it is made by. I *love* this canoe, it is a joy to paddle around - as long as the wind doesn't get too strong! I have often pondered the little clip on the floor of the canoe, which I believe is for connecting a sail. However, the canoe does not have a rudder, nor anything meaningful in the way of a keel.
I've been looking at some canoe-sailing sites, but instructions always refer to using a sail in combination with a rudder. Is it practical to use a sail on the canoe without having a rudder? Or should I just forget about sailing until I get some other boat?
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Posted by: ppine on Oct-21-13 4:11 PM (EST)
Sure you can sail an aluminum boat. But there is a steep learning curve and you are going to get wet at first. Add leeboards, a mast, and a rudder. Canoe sailing was once very common, but it is best enjoyed in moderate conditions say winds of less than 12 -15 knots.
You absolutely need a rudder|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-21-13 4:29 PM (EST)
You won't be able to steer it without one.
Posted by: dougd on Oct-21-13 5:27 PM (EST)
Jack, I really hate to disagree with you but I've been sailing my Disco 158 since 1999 without a rudder. All you need is a paddle to steer. It certainly isn't all that comfortable but it is quite doable.
Grumman Sail Kit|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Oct-21-13 7:39 PM (EST)
Grumman made and sold a sailing kit for their aluminum canoes for many years. Mast, sail, leeboards, rudder all designed and fitted for their canoes, but easily adaptable for other brands. If you unknown aluminum canoe has a big letter "G" formed into the floatation chamber covers, its a Grumman and that little clip on the floor riveted to the keel mounts the mast.
I'm a paddler Doug|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-23-13 5:27 AM (EST)
Canoes and kayaks.
Need a leeboard, not a rudder|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-21-13 8:22 PM (EST)
You can "survive" putting a sail on |
Posted by: spiritboat on Oct-21-13 9:24 PM (EST)
your canoe--With rudder, without rudder, with lee board, without lee board...etcetera, etcetera...
How about a For Sail ?|
Posted by: g2d on Oct-21-13 10:21 PM (EST)
solunds like a Grumman to me too|
Posted by: Mattt on Oct-22-13 9:19 AM (EST)
the clip towards the bow was to attach the mast step to - you need a thwart to run the mast down thru, to the mast step; the rudder was attached at the stern by removing the clevis and using the same hole; an aluminum thwart/bracket went across the boat behind the bow seat, and a leeboard was attached to both sides
Thank you for all the comments!!|
Posted by: Gorlash on Oct-22-13 9:38 AM (EST)
Wow, thanks for all the comments! I'll check out dougd's video, and I'll also research the leeboards and other components.
Don't go out without flotation|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-22-13 11:49 AM (EST)
Seriously, if there are no float chambers, don't take the boat out on the water until you've attached flotation of some sort, even if it's a truck inner tube stuff under (and tied to) the thwarts. If you tip over with an aluminum canoe and there's no flotation, that's the last time you'll see it.
Posted by: Mattt on Oct-23-13 9:03 AM (EST)
I'm not sure when it began, but all canoes sold in US had to have enough floatation to keep the boat from sinking - coast guard rule perhaps?
Posted by: seadart on Oct-23-13 3:03 PM (EST)
I have an old aluminum canoe, the first time we capsized it, it started leaking bits of chewed up foam from the bulkhead, upon investigation the foam had been chewed to pieces by mice. So even if you have flotation, test first to see how it performs.
... and carpenter ants.|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-23-13 3:46 PM (EST)