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  1. Thread: Sea Harrier

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    Congratulations Peter, another stunning craft....

    Congratulations Peter, another stunning craft. 40kg isn’t too bad for a decked sailing canoe of that size. Better to be strong and robust rather than lightweight and fragile for a cruising sea boat
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    That is a plywood open canoe that we called...

    That is a plywood open canoe that we called Sunart. At 38 inch beam it is very stable for sailing and with the outriggers and rig is a very good value entry level sailing canoe. It is no longer a...
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    The outriggers should still give you some support...

    The outriggers should still give you some support on a shorter beam, so I think it is worth trying this for sailing in Holland. Another option might be to make slots in the beam so that you could...
  4. The Expedition rig is Solway Dory’s smallest rig...

    The Expedition rig is Solway Dory’s smallest rig so I think any canoe that is stiff enough to paddle will be stiff enough to take the rig. Lighter canoes can sometimes mean they are narrower, and...
  5. Thread: Side Airbags

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    i have never heard of side bags being ripped out....

    i have never heard of side bags being ripped out. I have seen stick in d ring patches come adrift quite regularly.
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    For others looking in on this thread, the SD...

    For others looking in on this thread, the SD Avovet is a sailing canoe so making progress into the wind is not usually a problem, as the sail will produce a lot more power than a paddle. In a narrow...
  7. Thread: Side Airbags

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    We stopped using the Holts bags a year or so ago....

    We stopped using the Holts bags a year or so ago. They changed their manufacturers and we had lots of their bags leak in the valves. The yellow boat rollers that we use now are much more robust and...
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    The boards are made by Howard Jeffs. His details...

    The boards are made by Howard Jeffs. His details are below the pictures on the website.
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    How big is your ketch rig? Small rigs are...

    How big is your ketch rig? Small rigs are relatively easy to control with a paddle, larger rigs can be more difficult. I don’t think the length will be a problem as longer boats are more...
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    A nice video account of your trip, I really...

    A nice video account of your trip, I really enjoyed watching. Was that using your Artemis sailing canoe?
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    The Shearwater is around 15 inches mid depth,...

    The Shearwater is around 15 inches mid depth, with the early models with a flat deck around 14 inches deep. Your e mail didn’t get through as sometimes happen. We have made a trolley for someone to...
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    Recurved bows are usually the consequence of...

    Recurved bows are usually the consequence of having tumbleholme near the stems. Both of them will make a single part mould not release the moulded boat. I would look for a design that combines flare...
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    Some of the pictures that you will have seen will...

    Some of the pictures that you will have seen will be of the larger 35sqft sail. The 25 sqft is smaller and manages with the shorter sheet cleated off. The longer sheet with a pulley on the end of...
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    You are not nuts to want to sail your canoe but I...

    You are not nuts to want to sail your canoe but I don't think it will work on this planned trip with 3 people and gear in a 17 ft canoe. Sailing rigs take up room in a canoe and with 3 people on...
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    The GIS that i once saw on Hickling Broad was...

    The GIS that i once saw on Hickling Broad was really impressive and i am sure you will enjoy sailing her.
  16. It would be good to hear from a few others about...

    It would be good to hear from a few others about what works for them. I mostly sail a decked sailing canoe with large Bermudan rig and rudder so I am no expert at paddle sailing, even though I make...
  17. About 2ft in front of the leeboard. The leeboard...

    About 2ft in front of the leeboard. The leeboard is usually mounted on the centre carrying yoke. Like this ithe mast doesn't interfere with the tandem paddling seat positions. Ideally if you were...
  18. I paddle sail solo from a kneeling thwart. I know...

    I paddle sail solo from a kneeling thwart. I know others who do it kneeling on the front seat facing backwards.
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    The outriggers that we use for extra stability...

    The outriggers that we use for extra stability for sailing with large rigs have a buoyancy of 50lbs. One on a straight beam, 3ft out from the canoe, will support my weight sitting on the gunwale of...
  20. The sail that you have will be cut so that the...

    The sail that you have will be cut so that the fabric along the leech (unsupported edge) has the fibres running along it. If you cut into this at an angle to get the shape that you want, this edge...
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    You can use the lacing to hold the top of the...

    You can use the lacing to hold the top of the bag, but you still need fastenings lower down, about 9 inches below the gunwale. You would need two each side, so four in total.
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    SD use the thinner wall tube for our 44sq ft...

    SD use the thinner wall tube for our 44sq ft bermudan. 16 gauge. You will need to make a sleeve to take up the difference between the inner and outer tube. You could try plastic water waste pipe,...
  23. Thread: Some canoe rigs

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    Yes we make up the sails. (Or at least one of my...

    Yes we make up the sails. (Or at least one of my partners does the sewing etc)
  24. Thread: Some canoe rigs

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    That picture does look sleeved, but perhaps it...

    That picture does look sleeved, but perhaps it was a prototype.
  25. Thread: Some canoe rigs

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    The SD Bermudans are laced, rather than sleeved,...

    The SD Bermudans are laced, rather than sleeved, to the mast. We found that the laced sails are much more controllable with the simple downhaul. The sleeves are very difficult to make with just the...
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