Sailing Canoe Lee Boards
Category: Sailing canoe, canoe, cruiser, lee boards
Problem: A sailing vessel requires something to provide lateral resistance to keep the boat from moving sideways from pressure on the sail. Of course the canoe has none. I wanted to have lee boards that could be rotated up as opposed to having to be pulled up like daggerboards, which meant that I could control them from the stern of the canoe. It also meant that if I ran aground, they would swing up, which meant the canoe could be easily beached.
Action: I fashioned lee boards, one for each side, out of canoe paddles. They rotated, connected by an aluminum tube that rotated in sleeves, clamped in place on either side of the canoe. That way they could be positioned depending on the location of the center of effort of the sail once it was finally rigged. The aluminum tube that connected them had an attached piece that stuck out like a lever and by pulling on a rope attached I could raise or lower and hold in place these lee boards. Result: It worked surprisingly well – better than what it was superseded with!
When idea was conceived:
How much time it took to develop: 10 hours
How much money it took to develop: $30.00
Current status: Superseded
Since it was originally done: