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    Default It's for sail!

    I am in process of converting my only hull, a 14' square stern fiberglass canoe to allow me to sail it. I have received a lot of advice and help from you guys here so I thought I'd post a few photos and progress notes. I've cut and laminated the spars, I'm going to sew up a 69 sf lugsail with two reef points. I have two leeboards I need to make a thwart for, then on to mast step and partner. Rudder after. I got an amazing deal on some spring creek gear for double paddling and rowing, and that side-tracked me for a minute. I knocked together a crude repro of an adjustable rowing seat made by Old Town long ago:



    I removed the center thwart rivets, replacing them with stainless screws for easy removal. I have to remove it to row or double paddle for proper balance. I attach the Spring Creek universal receiver to add rigidity, and move the floats against the hull and all the way up...last ditch training wheels:



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    How to post pictures using the URL from Flick'r?

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    At the top left of your flickr pictures you'll find q "share" button with a bblink. Copy it and paste it here..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhofmann View Post
    At the top left of your flickr pictures you'll find q "share" button with a bblink. Copy it and paste it here..
    I tried the URL copy an dpaste, here's the BB link...<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/footste...er/6071277102/" title="rowing seat by Footstepfollower64, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6083/...aaf138ca7a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="rowing seat"></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvacgar View Post
    I tried the URL copy an dpaste, here's the BB link...<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/footste...er/6071277102/" title="rowing seat by Footstepfollower64, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6083/...aaf138ca7a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="rowing seat"></a>
    that was the html code actually, this is supposed to be the BB code:

    [IMG][/IMG]

    cool...

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    Love the rowing set up. Bet she flies eh?

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    [QUOTE=lvacgar;353628]I am in process of converting my only hull, a 14' square stern fiberglass canoe to allow me to sail it. I have received a lot of advice and help from you guys here so I thought I'd post a few photos and progress notes. I've cut and laminated the spars, I'm going to sew up a 69 sf lugsail with two reef points. I have two leeboards I need to make a thwart for, then on to mast step and partner. Rudder after. I got an amazing deal on some spring creek gear for double paddling and rowing, and that side-tracked me for a minute. I knocked together a crude repro of an adjustable rowing seat made by Old Town long ago:
    [IMG][/IMG]


    I removed the center thwart rivets, replacing them with stainless screws for easy removal. I have to remove it to row or double paddle for proper balance. I attach the Spring Creek universal receiver to add rigidity, and move the floats against the hull and all the way up...last ditch training wheels:

    [IMG][/IMG]

    And took it to a local sculling lake to row it last weekend:
    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredster View Post
    Love the rowing set up. Bet she flies eh?
    Absolutely! I was amazed. As clumsy as I was, having never rowed before, I was floored by the feel of powering the canoe with this setup. The short canoe with square stern kills any glide though. Someday the 17' + symmetrical hull will come...

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    Default Leeboard advice?

    Here is the pair of leeboards I was given by a fellow paddler:


    leeboards2 by Footstepfollower64, on Flickr

    I am torn between using one or both. They are 43 inches overall, 34 inches to the bolt hole. I do have a wide beam (36") and plan on sailing it as a tacking outrigger with an 8' ama. I believe the Solway board is a full 4 feet long? I was leaning toward using both if the the second one will work between the beams for the ama... I want to profile a board similar to Solway's in the future for use by itself.

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    If you use an outrigger so that the canoe doesn't heel, then the single leeboard should be ok. We use a longer board because when it is on the upwind side it can come out of the water by about 1ft when the canoe heels, and what is left in the water still has to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    If you use an outrigger so that the canoe doesn't heel, then the single leeboard should be ok. We use a longer board because when it is on the upwind side it can come out of the water by about 1ft when the canoe heels, and what is left in the water still has to work.
    Thanks for that. Hadn't considered the lack of heel, at least on one tack. I will start with one. The thwart will be the same length regardless, I can add the aluminum angle and second board later if deemed necessary...

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    Rowing a canoe is great fun. I found I could make headway against an ebbing 5 knot tide with a pair of 7 and a half foot long oars on my prospector, much easier than paddling.

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