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Thread: Windsurfer board as a stabilizer?

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    Default Windsurfer board as a stabilizer?

    I would like to try sailing a 16" canoe. I have an old plastic w/s board that I was given. I was wondering if this is something that would work. I can make all my stuff, and what I can't, I scrounge.
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    I suppose it will work if you can sort out a mounting beam so that it all is level. It will be a kind of "proa" so the board will be supportive on one tack and a counterweight on the other.

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    Thanks.
    I have a 8" x1" pine board to fix the two together. This will be the support for the mast over the canoe. Would the rudder be ok between the canoe and float? That way there would be least alteration to the canoe.
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    A rudder works best as far from the centre of rotation as possible. Where you are thinking may be too close. You could give it a try though - it might work well enough!

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    What I have in mind will look like something Robinson Crusoe would have made. Either that or Heath Robinson!
    I like the idea of something like a catemaran with the mast in the centre.
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    I used an epoxy sailboard to make outriggers. I cut it in half lengthwise and then shortened both ends, and then set them on edge. See here:

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...igger-question

    There is a short video showing the very first test run.

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