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Posted: Aug. 15 2007,14:57

I'm messing around with the idea of a DIY sail. The way my Mojo is set up I can stick a make shift mast right into the adjustable center console without drilling any holes. I'm gonna use a cheapo kite for the cloth and an old 18 wheeler fiberglass antenae rod for the mast. This is just for a test, I have $2.99 invested in this prototype.

Has anyone ever tried this? I'm not talking about kite sailing but actually building a sail for a yak. I've seen the Pacific Action sail and like it but the price is a bit much. Besides I'm sure I can do better ... lol.

I already know I'm gonna look like an even bigger moron when I test this thing but I was wondering if I could benefit from any experiences you guys have in this area. Oh, don't worry, I'll post a vid for your amusements.

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Posted: Aug. 15 2007,16:27

A smashing idea - both literally and figuratively.  I wanna watch.

Now... here's a couple links for some keen do-it-yerself sails that are pretty neat:

Link to New Zealand Do-it-yourself PA-lookalike

Link to yet another New Zealand DIY Sail



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...actually I'm quite interested in this project...


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Posted: Aug. 15 2007,18:29

thanx for the linx .... I'm gonna stick with the original concept .. if it worx ... if not I'll go with Pacific Action look alike ... anyone else have something in this area?

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Posted: Aug. 16 2007,13:44

At the Capt. Charles picnic in Choco. this year I saw someone with a sail. The winds were high and they blew right past everyone when we entered the gulf. I don't know about the trip back
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Posted: Aug. 16 2007,14:52

critter .. pray for me.
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Posted: Aug. 16 2007,17:56

fishhead, how much do you know about sailing ?

A sail with no centerboard or rudder would only work for a downwind run. Remember you need to get back also. Id suggest you also consider a simple breakaway, or have a sharp knife handy, so the sail/kite can be cutaway in case it gets out of control, or you go over and get tangled in the lines.


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Posted: Aug. 16 2007,18:34

everything I know about sailing I will learn tomorrow. I don't think I'll be in that much peril. This is a small kite and it's gonna be affixed to a mast that's within easy reach. I'm not gonna be festooned with a bunch of nautical fixings. I'm just testing the concept to see if it will pull me somewhere.

If it does work, of course I'll go bigger. They have cable on Pitcairn Island now, don't they?

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Posted: Aug. 16 2007,18:39

A large umbrella will probably work as well for a downwind run.  :p
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Posted: Aug. 17 2007,02:35

thanx for the input RDS but half the fun of this project is getting to use me yankee engine ewity. I'm trying to steer clear of store bought methods. Besides, I've already hacked up one oversize driver for this insane sport. If left to my own devices there will be nothing left for my caddy.

Here's to swimmin' with bowlegged wimmin' .... I'm off.

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Posted: Aug. 17 2007,14:08

Here are my findings on yaksail_prototype0. It does freakin' work.

I am using a very small kite and there was hardly a breath of wind but I could feel the pull and I did have a modicum of control by turning the sail side to side. It swivels on the mast by pulling on (you guessed it) the kite string attached to each wing.

What wind there was ... was pushing East. I went downwind and paddled with no problem. The kite is a delta wing and did not get in the way. It may be all in my head but I believe I made the trip back to the main channel in record time (for me).

Now I know what I have to modify for the next prototype. A bigger kite .. I have my eye on this black diamond shaped one with a white Jolley Roger.

I also need to move the contraption forward a bit more. I'm no sailor but I think sails work better like that.

I hope you guys appreciate the peril I put myself in filming this. Hangin' ten, filming, sailing and catching fish all at the same time.

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By the way, that's Ravi Shankar and a snapper in the video.

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