Sailing Canoe Sail Rig
Category: Sailing canoe, canoe, cruiser, sail rig
Problem: Since this canoe was not originally built to be a sailing canoe, I had to determine how to support the mast and boom assembly. I would be using the mast, boom, and sail from a 7.5 foot sailing dinghy that I had designed and built many years earlier. I also wanted the mast to pivot in place allowing for better airflow over the sail.
Action: I made a cross support piece from two pieces of oak and clamped it to the sides of the canoe in a similar manner to the outrigger crosspieces. I drilled a hole in the oak crosspiece and put an extension on the base of the mast, so there would be plenty of headroom clearance for the boom, when the sail was up. I put a pin in the base of the mast that would be inserted into the hole on the crosspiece. The mast already had, from the dinghy, three stays attached. The canoe had holes already drilled in the sides that supported the middle crosspiece. I placed screw eyes there and ran lines connected the stays, the screw eyes on the side of the canoe, and the screw eye in the bow deck of the canoe, holding the mast rigidly in place. The halyard was already in place, running inside the mast tube, and when the sail was raised, the halyard would be fastened to a cleat on the side of the mast. The only thing that needed to be done was to rig a traveler for the boom which I did using the electric motor mount crosspiece as a place to attach it. .
Result: By having all of the key components, the location of the mast, the location of the lee boards, and the position of the outrigger, all adjustable, it was fairly easy to get the rig balanced so it sailed quite well.
When idea was conceived:
How much time it took to develop: 6 hours
How much money it took to develop: $15.00
Current status: Superseded with further modified rigging
Since it was originally done: